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By Jennifer Barber, Conference Archivist

In celebration of 151 years of Methodism in Arizona and 106 years in southern Nevada, Archives and History published an updated Historical Journal in 2021. Available free as a downloadable PDF and print on demand. Visit https://dscumc.org/journal/ to find out more.

The Historical Journal contains a history of Methodism in Arizona and southern Nevada, listings of Annual Conference sessions, Rolls of the Honored Dead for the Desert Southwest and all predecessor Conferences, directory of all current and former Methodist denomination churches with listings of pastors, and a list of United Methodist Historic Sites within the Desert Southwest. Archives & History also maintains a listing of everyone, clergy and laity, who has ever served within the current Conference boundaries.

Learn when a church organized, what pastors have served there, and any name changes. In the Conference Archives, we have Journals covering the last 151 years. These include statistics and Superintendents’ annual reports, allowing a church to track the size of their membership, when buildings were added, and much more.

Archives & History webpage: https://www.dscumc.org/archiveshistory/

On the Archives & History webpage, you will find resources for local churches, including:

  • Guidelines for Managing Local Church Records (current paper and digital records as well as historical materials)
  • How to write a church history
  • Short videos on managing and storing historical church records
  • Inventories of records from closed churches, personal papers donated by clergy and laity, and records of the Conference and its agencies
  • Link to book cataloging, which includes Conference Journals, histories of The United Methodist Church, local church histories, books written by local clergy and laity, biographies of local clergy, and much more

Jennifer BarberMy name is Jennifer Barber, and I am the Conference Archivist. I am available to work with churches and assist with maintaining records, from learning what historical records to keep to maintaining current digital records. Don’t hesitate to contact me by email at or by phone at 602-266-6956 ext. 264 if you have a question, want to learn about your church records, or like to schedule some training time to learn how to preserve church records.

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