Our History & Beliefs
The “Hibben Story” began with one of the denomination”s most influential members, Francis Asbury, who was sent to America by John Wesley in 1771. Asbury visited Charleston for the first time in 1785. On one of his subsequent visits, Asbury found enough interested persons to organize a “Methodist Society” in Mount Pleasant SC, probably around 1799. The members of the “Methodist Society” who later began the Mount Pleasant Church, lived in the surrounding areas of Mount Pleasant on the large plantations and came to the resort area during their periods of vacation. This would certainly establish a definite kinship with Asbury that few Churches can make claim.
What We Believe
United Methodists profess the historic Christian faith in God, the Creator, incarnate in Jesus Christ for our salvation and ever at work in human history and in our lives through the Holy Spirit. As the church, the Body of Christ, we share our lives in a community of grace under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. We participate in God’s present reign on earth and pray in hope for its full realization on earth as in heaven.
John Wesley, the Father of Methodism, believed that the living core of the Christian faith was revealed in Scripture, illumined by tradition, vivified in personal experience, and confirmed by reason.
The mission of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ. Disciples are made as we grow in faith through Faith Formation, service to the world, fellowship and worship. Disciples are also made as we reach out into the community and world for those who do not yet know our Lord Jesus Christ.
The United Methodist Church has a long history of concern for social justice. Its members have often taken forthright positions on controversial issues involving Christian principles. Early Methodists expressed their opposition to the slave trade, to smuggling, and to the cruel treatment of prisoners. For more information on the history, doctrines, policy and practices of the United Methodist Church please view the United Methodist Web Site.