The First United Methodist Church of Michigan City was the eventual development of the works of John Wesley (1703-1791), the founder of Methodism.

According to Langford (1984), “In Wesley’s holistic presentation of the Christian gospel, theology and preaching, new birth and nurture, sacraments and service are tightly interwoven” (p. 1).  What this means is the church is not just solely interested in one’s spiritual existence, but it also deals with the individual as a whole. While the right practices of one’s religion are important, it is also just as important for the individual to think correctly as it will also positively influence the actions and behaviors.