Looking for a place to belong and be known? Want to explore faith and ask big questions in a safe environment? Craving a community where all are welcome, no matter what? St. John welcomes you.
You are welcome here if you are married, or if you are single, for we will partner with you.
You are welcome here if you are a parent, or the child of one, for we will be a family with you.
You are welcome here if you know what you believe, and you are welcome if you have no idea what to believe, for we will journey together.
You are welcome here, no matter who you love, for your love is a gift from God.
You are welcome here if your people are from this place, or from far away, for our God is both here and everywhere.
You are welcome here if you are a saint, or a sinner, for God knows all of us are both.
No matter who you are, no matter where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here.
We Are United Methodists
The people of The United Methodist Church are part of the second largest Protestant denomination in the United States. Our worldwide connection includes approximately 12.5 million members.
The United Methodist Church was formed when the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church merged in 1968. But we trace our heritage back to the movement begun in 1729 in England by John and Charles Wesley. Read a brief list of our distinctive characteristics.
Learn more about our focus on grace and our Wesleyan roots.
Explore our Social Principles.
We are part of the Alaska United Methodist Conference. Learn about our connection to other churches.
Read more about our unique St. John history. We've been part of South Anchorage since 1962.
Explore the way we serve through United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).
Mission & Vision
Our mission here at St. John United Methodist Church is to grow disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world, and to be a welcoming family joyfully sharing God’s light.
What We Believe
Our church is a diverse fellowship of believers. We stand in the great cloud of witnesses of faithful people and hold core convictions in common with Christians in all times and places. These basics are foundation elements of our Methodist heritage and they remain the cornerstone of our faith. We profess the historic Christian faith in God, incarnate in Jesus Christ for our salvation and ever at work in human history in the Holy Spirit. We live in God’s grace under the Lordship of Jesus, and we participate in the ever-unfolding reign of God as we pray and work for its full realization on earth as in heaven. We believe that every person stands in need of a life-changing experience of faith centered in Jesus Christ.
Beyond these basic affirmations of faith, United Methodists are not known to be a confessional people in the sense that there is a set creed to which we adhere. Indeed, we know that each person arrives at a confession of faith in his or her own way. Here at St. John UMC, we believe that we are guided by God’s Holy Spirit as together we “work out our salvation with fear and trembling.” Do not worry if you struggle with faith questions, for you are not alone! The struggle is an important part of the journey!
United Methodist theology is firmly rooted in grace. We understand God’s grace to be all around us, found within us, and made real in the world through us. We define grace as God’s love given to us for no reason other than that God loves us. And God does love us, no matter what! Our response to God’s love, and our living in God’s love, is what life is all about.
We believe that faithful living is always a process of growing toward God. John Wesley, the 18th century Anglican priest who founded Methodism, used to say that we are all going on to perfection. None of us is there yet, and we invite you to share the journey!
We offer classes and Bible studies here at St. John to help people explore faith. We aren’t afraid of the hard questions, and we invite you to come and grow in faith with all of us. Our pastors are always willing to talk about your faith questions. We hope and pray that this church will be a place where you will feel welcomed as you grow in your faith!
We welcome you to walk with us in your spiritual journey.