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Son’s overdose death leads mother to Christ

Son’s overdose death leads mother to Christ

I lost my son, Gregory, on August 25, 2015, to an overdose. He was 26 years old, an Army veteran and the most loving and kindest person who always put others ahead of himself. The night I learned of my son’s death, I got very angry with God and screamed and cried and...
Ohio Multiethnic Church Hosts Block Party

Ohio Multiethnic Church Hosts Block Party

Community Life Church in Cincinnati, Ohio, hosted a block party that volunteers say was “anointed in more ways than we can count.” Three other Wesleyan churches, located in Indiana (Brookhaven Wesleyan in Marion; Trinity Church East in Fishers; and Trinity Church in...
​Why is it important to be part of a local church?

​Why is it important to be part of a local church?

I didn’t grow up attending church regularly. I did attend a neighborhood church on Easter and Christmas if my parents took me. But it seemed like something you did for the holidays. It wasn’t until I was 18 years old and invited by a friend that church...
​Wesleyan pastor killed in car accident

​Wesleyan pastor killed in car accident

Rev. Densel Ray Ball, II, age 58, died on April 27, 2017, as the result of a tragic car accident. Rev. Ball served as senior pastor of Cornerstone Wesleyan Church in Kansas City, Mo. He was also a mortgage loan officer at Mobank in Overland Park, Kans. He placed his...
Rediscovering Discipleship

Rediscovering Discipleship

When a Wesleyan pastor was ready to walk away from his ministry, he knew it was time to refocus his approach. Now, Rev. Jon Wiest is passionate about discipleship and what it means to both the life of the church and individuals. Visit Wesleyan.Life to rediscover...
Joy after ​992 days of waiting

Joy after ​992 days of waiting

The Wesleyan Church encourages every local church to recognize Orphan Sunday on a Sunday in November, and promote adoption and foster care. We are part of the Christian Alliance for Orphans. Check out all the resources on the site, and make plans to include...
What this imperfect church wants you to know

What this imperfect church wants you to know

I recently attended a meeting in Hilliard, Ohio (suburb of Columbus), to represent the “faith community” for a drug awareness program. The meeting was made up of people representing Hilliard police, teachers, community sports leagues, even moms who have...
I am a church member

I am a church member

I am a church member. I like the metaphor of membership. It’s not membership as in civic organization or a country club. It’s the kind of membership given to us in 1 Corinthians 12: “Now you are the body of Christ, and individual members of it”...
Landscape of Florida savanna changing as church plant grows

Landscape of Florida savanna changing as church plant grows

On a vision trip to Florida, Joe and Jennifer Jackson were asked to drive to a specific area to discern if that might be a place God would call them to plant a church. Along the route Jennifer prayed out loud for the Lord to show them if this would be the place....
Reverse Offerings bless numerous recipients

Reverse Offerings bless numerous recipients

Some Wesleyan churches have participated in a “Reverse Offering” in this Christmas season, choosing to bless countless people. 12Stone Church, the largest within The Wesleyan Church, celebrated its “Reverse Offering” during its December 6...
A simple question changed Sherry’s life

A simple question changed Sherry’s life

They lived across the street from us in a suburban neighborhood of split-level homes. One night we heard a knock at the door. The three children, two boys and a girl, had been kicked out of their home by their stepfather. My husband Wayne and I took them in for the...
Church plant experiences exciting launch

Church plant experiences exciting launch

A church plant in September saw a sizeable launch! On September 20, United Church in Delaware had their official launch Sunday with 525 in attendance. It is led by Rev. Ken Wagner with Asst. Pastor Mark Tennefoss.
New life appearing in Wisconsin’s Northwoods

New life appearing in Wisconsin’s Northwoods

There is a Wesleyan church set in the Northwoods of Wisconsin where real life change is happening. At Red Cedar Church, located in Rice Lake, a town of 8,000, the deeply held belief that everybody’s welcome, nobody’s perfect, and anything’s possible...
Circle of friends

Circle of friends

Sunday services at [Anderson, Indiana’s] 2233 S. Central Way look a little different these days. The congregation consists of various groups now — Quakers, Wesleyans, white, black, Hispanic, the old and the young. “We don’t consider ourselves us and...
Former missionary couple passes within one week of each other

Former missionary couple passes within one week of each other

A missionary couple with Wesleyan World Missions (now Global Partners) has passed away within a week of each other. Wilda Arlene Nelson, 89, passed away November 2, 2015, and her husband, Rev. Eldon B. Nelson, 89, passed away one week later, November 9, 2015. The...
Wesleyan pastor and educator passes

Wesleyan pastor and educator passes

Wesleyan pastor and educator, Rev. Robert Brown, passed away November 2, 2015, after an extended illness with Cushing’s Disease. He was 59. He served in vocational ministry in multiple churches, first in Methodist Protestant and then Wesleyan churches, across...
Armigers leading once-dying church with the basic tenets of ministry

Armigers leading once-dying church with the basic tenets of ministry

Though still small in numbers, the church is growing and thriving To many who know them, Tom and Vangie Armiger are ministry veterans. The couple has been in ministry together their entire married lives of 40 years. Tom has served in various capacities: youth pastor,...
Houghton College announces Pastor of the Year Award

Houghton College announces Pastor of the Year Award

Houghton College is pleased to announce the 2015 Claude A. Ries Pastor and of the Year. This year’s award winner is Rev. George Pryor. “Pastor George Pryor was selected as this year’s recipient because he leads his own church with excellence and has...
Houghton College names Youth Pastor of the Year

Houghton College names Youth Pastor of the Year

Houghton College has announced that Rev. Dave Rowe is this year’s recipient of the Claude A. Ries Youth Pastor of the Year Award. Rev. Rowe serves as youth pastor at Houlton Wesleyan Church in Houlton, Maine. He was a lay leader at Houlton Wesleyan Church for...
I didn’t see that coming

I didn’t see that coming

That’s me, standing with Martin and Khan Masimango and a couple other Swahili speaking friends. (I’m the one in the middle.) This past Sunday in Mosaic Church of Aurora’s worship service, my sermon was translated into Swahili. Yes, Swahili. I...
Church of “misfits” being made new

Church of “misfits” being made new

Years ago, someone suggested to Pastor Doug Preston that he needed prominent people as part of his congregation, ones who could help market the church and support it financially. The pastor of Greensburg Wesleyan Church (GWC) in Greensburg, Ind., walked away from that...
Shenandoah District church celebrates new status

Shenandoah District church celebrates new status

First Simple Church in Williamsburg, Va., observed Memorial Day weekend with an extra special celebration and remembrance—transitioning from a developing church to an established church. First Simple is under the leadership of Dr. Sam and Debbie Frye. After the second...
Denomination honors HopeCity with Life Transformation Award

Denomination honors HopeCity with Life Transformation Award

During the Exponential Conference East in Tampa, Fla., April 28-30, 2015, The Wesleyan Church awarded HopeCity its first ever Life Transformation Award. Closely aligned with the denomination’s mission for multiplying its numbers and restoring Christian values in...