Illinois District

Great Lakes District merger is complete

Great Lakes District merger is complete

Delegates from the East Michigan, Illinois, North Michigan and West Michigan districts met at Central Wesleyan Church in Holland, Michigan, on Friday, August 24, to complete their merger, forming the new Great Lakes District. The new district elected Rev. Chris Conrad...
Oldest Wesleyan passes away

Oldest Wesleyan passes away

The Wesleyan Church is celebrating the life of one of its most faithful lay persons, Merle Phillips, who died August 18. She was 111. Phillips is assumed to be the oldest known Wesleyan. She attended One Church, a Wesleyan congregation in Wheaton, Illinois, since...
Four districts vote to merge

Four districts vote to merge

Preliminary steps this summer have been taken to merge the Illinois, East Michigan, North Michigan and West Michigan districts of The Wesleyan Church. The East Michigan District conference approved the merger on June 16, by a vote of 106 to 20; the Illinois District...
Wesleyans in the news

Wesleyans in the news

Each week, Wesleyans and Wesleyan churches are featured in online news publications. If you see a news item that relates to Wesleyans, please forward the link to communications@wesleyan.org. South Dakota church feeds residents on Thanksgiving GracePoint Wesleyan...
​109 years old and still serving

​109 years old and still serving

At age 109, the world’s oldest known Wesleyan is finally enjoying a little downtime. Merle Phillips attends Wheaton Wesleyan Church in Wheaton, Ill. She was almost 100 when she retired, after having numerous jobs down through the years. But it was only recently...
Heritage Church keeps moving forward

Heritage Church keeps moving forward

ROCK ISLAND, ILL. — An arrow-shaped sign in Heritage Wesleyan Church’s logo illustrates where it’s going. The church will continue to move forward even after the retirement of Rev. John Bray, 63, as senior pastor, following a 41-year tenure, with the...