In 1772, Cumberland Street Methodist class was formed. Twelve years later in 1784, it became the Cumberland Street Methodist Church, making the church the second oldest United Methodist Church in the Tidewater area. First UMC was the parent church for several Methodist congregations in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. Members of First UMC were instrumental in establishing Virginia Wesleyan College. Norfolk Collegiate Academy also has ties with First UMC as members of the congregation were head mistress, staff, and teachers.
First United Methodist Church