October is Archives Month! Join us all month long as we highlight items and stories from the Conference Archives. You are encouraged to look through your church’s archives and see what items are there and the stories they tell. Throughout the month we will discuss what records should be kept in the church archives and how to store them.
There is much that can be learned from those who became before us.
The area that is today The Desert Southwest Conference of The United Methodist Church has a rich history, and we are lucky to have the records of that history. Our predecessors include 4 denominations and 18 conferences. The United Methodist Church is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Our Conference is enjoying its 33rd year. Who came before us and what are their stories? Read about them in the old Journals and Disciplines.
- United Methodist Church (1968-)
- Methodist Church (1939-1968)
- Evangelical United Brethren Church (AZ 1955-1968)
- Methodist Episcopal Church, South (AZ 1870-1939)
The words of our foremothers and forefathers can inspire and challenge us. They help us understand our heritage. They are words of faith, determination, struggle and hope.
There are many such stories in the DSC Conference Archives. Mrs. Christine Frances (Stumpff) Ludlow, the wife of Rev. Thomas Vernon “Vernie” Ludlow, wrote of their life’s ministry. Rev. Ludlow was ordained in 1911 and served churches in Oklahoma, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona. Their story starts as one of a circuit rider, travels to a large urban church, and ends in a farming community in the middle of the Great Depression.