About Us

The Iowa Conference of The United Methodist Church is a connection of 767 congregations across eight districts (regions) of the state of Iowa. Served by 651 clergy, the more than 158,000 members of United Methodist communities of faith are part of the 12.2 million worldwide denomination. Bishop Laurie Haller has been, since September 2016, the United Methodist Resident Bishop of Iowa.  

The vision of the Conference is to see
God’s hope for the world made real through
faithful leaders, fruitful communities,
and fire-filled people
.

The mission of the Iowa Conference is to
Inspire, Equip, and Connect communities of faith to cultivate world-changing disciples of Jesus Christ.

The Wildly Important Goal (WIG)of the Iowa Conference calls for
Every church in the Iowa Annual Conference will develop a process for intentionally forming disciples of Jesus Christ by the year 2020.


The Iowa Conference Center of The United Methodist Church opened in March 2005. Please contact the Communications Team or call 515-974-8907 to arrange a tour for your group. Arrangements for guided tours must be made a minimum of two weeks in advance.  If you wish to meet the Bishop, you will need to make prior arrangements through the Episcopal office at 515-974-8902.

Tours takes approximately one hour and are offered during building hours, which are Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Tours times are unavailable during the week of Annual Conference in June or on holidays when the building is closed.

We are located at:
2301 Rittenhouse St., Des Moines, Iowa  50321
Phone: 515-974-8900

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