South America

Chile, Methodist Church

Contact: Bishop Jorge Merino Riffo
Other Sargento Aldea 1041 Casilla 67 Santiago ChileWork Phone: 56 02 2556 6074Work Fax: 56 02 2554 1763
Photo of Chile, Methodist Church

Methodism arrived in Chile through the efforts of William Taylor in 1877-78. His self-supporting missions on the west coast of South America saw the arrival of missionaries from the United States, the establishment of schools and eventually the evangelization work in the Spanish language.

The mission came under the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1893, when the South American Conference was organized with Chile as one of its districts. In 1960 the Methodist Church of Chile became autonomous electing a bishop and adopting its own statutes and regulations.

At present the Methodist Church of Chile extends throughout the whole country. There are 126 congregations and preaching points with a membership of 17,600. There are 73 active ministers, one bishop and seven district superintendents. The educational, social and health ministries of the church coordinate the extensive work of institutions and programs in the seven districts.

The motto for this period is “opening spaces and places for the mission.”