The MISSION of the Memphis Conference (West TN and Western KY) is to:


lay and clergy leaders who shape congregations

that offer JESUS CHRIST to a hurting world,


~ Above mission statement approved by delegates to 2014 Memphis Annual Conference

VALUES:  Unrelenting love for all people ~ Integrity ~ Excellence ~ Faithfulness & Fruitfulness ~ Innovation


The Memphis Conference of the United Methodist Church covers West Tennessee and Western Kentucky. At the end of 2019, there were 73,237 members. At the end of July, 2020, there were 398 churches.

Four districts make up the Memphis Conference:

Counties that make up the Memphis Conference include:

  • Western Kentucky: Ballard, Calloway, Carlisle, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Marshall, McCracken
  • West Tennessee: Benton, Carroll, Chester, Crockett, Decatur, Dyer, Fayette, Gibson, Hardeman, Haywood, Hardin, Henderson, Henry, Lake, Lauderdale, Madison, McNairy, Obion, Shelby, Tipton, Weakley

The Memphis Conference is home to Lakeshore Camp & Retreat Center in Eva, Tennessee. Conference agencies include Hannah’s Hope in Memphis, Tennessee., Reelfoot Rural Ministries in Obion, Tennessee, United Methodist Neighborhood Centers in Memphis, Tennessee and Western Kentucky United Methodist Family Services in Paducah, Kentucky.

College campus ministries (Wesley Foundations) are located at Bethel University in McKenzie, Tennessee; Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky; University of Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee; University of Memphis - Lambuth Campus in Jackson, Tennessee; University of Tennessee at Martin in Martin, Tennessee; and University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Tennessee.

The Memphis Conference and neighboring Tennessee Conference (middle Tennessee) together make up the Nashville Episcopal Area of the United Methodist Church. Bishop William T. (Bill) McAlilly was elected bishop at the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference in 2012 and assigned to the Nashville Episcopal Area.

The Memphis and Tennessee Conferences are creating a new conference that will launch in January 2022: Future Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference.

The Memphis Conference office (Treasurer's Office and Connectional Ministries Office) are located in Jackson, Tennessee. The Episcopal Office is located in Nashville, Tennessee. The Memphis Conference Archives are located in Nashville, Tennessee.

Every year, historically in May/June, laity and clergy of the Memphis Conference gather for worship, business, education and celebration at an event called the Memphis Annual Conference. Most recently these annual conferences have taken place in Jackson,Tennessee (2015 and 2016), Paducah, Kentucky (2014 and 2018) and Collierville, Tennessee (2013 and 2017). The 2019 session will be in Collierville, Tennessee.

The denomination has 56 annual conferences in the United States and 76 outside the United States (Africa, Europe and the Philippines).

Read more about the The United Methodist Church at

  • Who we are (worldwide connection of approximately 12.6 million members)
  • What we believe (including social principles and social creed)
  • How we serve (via four areas of focus: ministering with the poor, improving global health, growing vital churches and developing Christian leaders)



  • Treasurer and Administrative Services Office: 731-664-5540
  • Connectional Ministries Office: 731-664-8480
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