For over 65 years United World Mission missionaries have partnered with Christian leaders to help them plant, nourish and reproduce churches around the world. Because of these efforts thousands of people have heard the Gospel message and have experienced Christian community through the local church.
The vision for UWM began in 1940 when a pastor by the name of Sidney Correll held a mission conference in Dayton, Ohio to raise funds for a missionary effort. The conference raised $2,650, which was enough to send Dr. Correll and his wife, Helen, on an exploratory trip to Cuba to survey possible areas for missionary ministry.
Inspired by what they saw in Cuba, the Corrells returned to Ohio with a vision. This vision was to bring like-minded churches together to begin a work focused on equipping and training Cuban missionaries to reach the whole island and the rest of Latin America. For six years this group of like-minded churches worked together to advance the work in Cuba under the name World Mission.
By 1946, the work had grown beyond the capacities of this loose-knit organization. Dr. Correll led a reorganization that brought 17 churches together to share resources and partner together through a new mission organization. Thus the name UNITED World Mission.