A Gothic edifice of brick and stone arises from the urban core of Oklahoma City. At one time, a humble sheep shed with a tar paper roof blowing away in the summer wind stood at the corner of what is now NW 25th & Classen. For a den of livestock, it was more than enough, but for a house of worship, it was unusual. Today, this place of humble beginnings is awash in dazzling light through colorful glass where Jesus arises upon you, drawing your gaze upward to join in the astounding heavenly songs of praise. This is a holy space, built on a Tradition that began so many centuries ago. Into our present experience, Wesley United Methodist Church is born again with the dawning of each new day as story, mission, tradition, experimentation, learning, daring, worship, prayer, and passion blend into a unique and holy sanctum of the Creator’s undying grace. Some of us are descendants of the original founders and others of us have come to Wesley from very far away: Cambodia, Uganda, Liberia, South Africa…. Indeed, all the world is our parish!
But we are so much more than our many places of birth.
We are college students and young families
…empty nesters and busy seniors
…those born with old souls and those still dreaming as the young
…thinkers and doers!
We are volunteers in missions and drivers for mobile meals. We serve in Bolivia and Liberia, Kenya and Cookson, Skyline and Youth Force. We are musicians, artists, painters and dancers. We are marvelous cooks, careful stewards, and families of all sizes and configurations. We are people who find fellowship, who learn, who worship. Under-girding all of who we are and all of what we do is the unshakable conviction that we are beloved children of God.
We are thankful for the strong foundation on Which we stand. We are thankful for the men and women who planted the seeds for this church and for those who have tended this community of faith throughout our century of service. We are blessed with a congregation that continues the work that others began.
We are also asking what God is calling Wesley to do next! Our mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world! This is exactly the same mission as our forebears had when they met in a sheep shed in 1910. However, society has changed, our city has changed, andour neighborhood has changed. We are called to ask how God is calling Wesley to change.
We honor those who began this church 100 years ago. Now it is our turn. The people of this community of faith are the rock on which our next 100 years will be built. Thanks be to God for God’s call in our lives. With God’s help, we will be faithful.
In 2014, the church began a process of radical re-invention to learn how it can respond to its opportunities to minister to those around it.
The church adopted values to help guide it in this process of change. We seek to share radical hospitality. We seek to share passionate worship. We seek to intentionally develop our spiritual life. We seek to take on risky service and mission to achieve the goal of discipleship. We seek to become extravagantly generous in giving, living, and loving.
Come join us on this journey.