Methodism in Latin America

Pablo R. Andiñach

in The Oxford Handbook of Methodist Studies

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199696116
Published online January 2010 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

 Methodism in Latin America

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The introduction of Methodism to Latin America coincided with the arrival of other Protestant churches. Originally, this was due more to the natural movement of population as a result of commerce and wars than to an explicit missionary outreach. The first Protestants, of which we have news in Latin America – including some Methodists – arrived in 1806, when England tried to take the city of Buenos Aires, which at the time was the capital of the River Plate viceroyalty. The British military forces occupied the city for only a few months, before being expelled by the local forces; by this time, however, some English officers had married the daughters of Argentine families and decided to stay in the country. It is from this group that thirty years later the first Methodist Church was organised in Latin America. In 1836 Revd Fountain E. Pitts arrived from the USA with the intention of organising such a Church, bringing with him, among other documents, a letter of recommendation signed by the president of the United States of America. Since 1836, until the present, much has changed in Latin American Methodism, but much has been maintained. This article seeks to show in an abbreviated form that development and its significance for our time, pointing out what still remains to be written on the history of Methodism in Latin America from the many national histories that have developed and certain monographic articles.

Keywords: Methodist movement; Protestant churches; Buenos Aires; Methodists; Methodist Church; Fountain E. Pitts

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Subjects: Religion ; Christianity ; Interfaith Relations

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