About Us

Burns History

Burns United Methodist Church is the OLDEST Multi-Culutural church in the state of Iowa.

It was founded in 1866 by a few black men and women who wanted to worship God in Des Moines, Iowa.   From the Twenty-Third Annual Conference of the Iowa Methodist Episcopal Church it was duly organized.

The name “BURNS” is in honor of Francis Burns, the first black Bishop of Episcopal Methodism.

In 1928, Burns Methodist Episcopal  worshiped at its first permanent building located at 811 Crocker Street.  We  continued to worship there until April  2011 when God blessed us to move to our current location at 1909 Martin Luther King Jr, Pkwy in the Mondamin neighborhood.

We look forward to seeing what God is going to do to us, with us and through us in this community! Everyone is WELCOME to experience God’s presence in our worship! COME AS YOU ARE!

One Comment on “About Us”

  1. Mila Kaut says:


    My name is Mila and I am a History student at the University of Iowa. I am currently working on my senior thesis, and my topic addresses Black women’s religious and political activism in Iowa and the Upper Midwest in the late 19th century. I am hoping to research and narrate the history of Burns United Methodist Church as part of my project. I was wondering if the church has preserved (and currently possesses) any records or other historical documents or artifacts from its founding years (or the rest of its activities in the 19th century).

    Please let me know if you need further clarity on this request or would like more information. I sincerely appreciate your time.

    Thank you so much,

    Mila Kaut

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