Locally, our history begins with the Methodist Episcopal Society of Orange County in 1873. The First United Methodist Church of Orange sits, today, on property donated by Captain Henry Glassell in 1875. We were the first Methodist church to be commissioned in Orange County, California, and the first church of any denomination to be erected in what is now the city of Orange, California (then Richland, California). Today, we are the First United Methodist Church of Orange (FUMCO).


Vision Statement

A congregation filled with passionate disciples of Jesus Christ, who are:  
welcoming strangers as family,
nurturing family into Christian wholeness,
spending our whole selves in sacrifice and service to to others,
and worshiping God in Spirt and truth.

By grace we are "making the Word of God flesh" in downtown Orange and its surrounding communities.


Mission Statement

  • The mission of First United Methodist Church of Orange is to make disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit
— Matthew 28:19

And we begin the discipleship process with these BIG 5

  • Daily Prayer
  • Weekly Attendance at Worship
  • Daily Searching Scripture
  • Weekly Accountability
  • Practice Works of Love