Bethel International United Methodist Church

Our History

Bethel International United Methodist Church is one of the oldest Methodist churches in  Columbus, founded in 1842, only 30 years after the city itself. Bethel International began as a small country church and has continued to change as the community and world around has changed around us. Our international body now offers Sunday worship services in three languages and a Christian preschool whose families are more than 60 percent of foreign decent.

Bethel Church Before AnnexOur global reach now extends to Belize, Mexico, India, Armenia and West Africa. We share space and partner with the Columbus International Children’s Choir, English as a Second Language, Toastmasters International, Alcoholics Anonymous and other groups. We also have strong relationships with our neighboring schools and many local businesses.

We are proud to be part of the United Methodist Church. The people of The United Methodist Church are part of the second largest Protestant denomination in the United States. Our worldwide connection includes approximately 12.8 million members. One distinct characteristic of the United Methodist Church is its global nature. We speak many languages and live in many countries – with different cultures, ethnic traditions, natural histories and understandings of Christian faith and practice.

Korean MergerWorship is central to our life together as a Christian community. Our church's sanctuary comfortably seats more than 200 people. Our educational wing houses multipurpose classrooms and the Bethel Chrisitan Preschool. Our newest part of the building is our Family Life Center, which features a large gathering area, kitchen and multipurpose gym with space for 350+ people for worship and events like Upward Basketball and Community Dinners.

The First 100 Years
After the 100th Anniversary