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Bishop Reuben H. Mueller
President of the National Council of Churches USA, 1963-1966

Parent of the United Methodist Church

On April 23, 1968, The United Methodist Church was created when Bishop Reuben H. Mueller, representing The Evangelical United Brethren Church, and Bishop Lloyd C. Wicke of The Methodist Church joined hands at the constituting General Conference in Dallas, Texas. With the words, "Lord of the Church, we are united in Thee, in Thy Church and now in The United Methodist Church," the new denomination was given birth by two churches that had distinguished histories and influential ministries in various parts of the world.


When Mueller was president:

■ President Kennedy assassinated

Martin Luther King, Jr., delivers his, "I have a dream" speech

Nelson Mandela sentenced to life in prison

Muhammad Ali becomes heavy weight champion

Malcolm X assassinated

New York City Great Blackout

Los Angeles riots

■ U.S. sends combat troops to Vietnam

Reuben Mueller



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