Our Mission

Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church seeks to minister to all who need to know Jesus Christ through education , evangelism, outreach, mission , and worship with our ultimate goal that men, women, boys, and girls would draw near to God and become empowered disciples for Jesus Christ.

You

Are a valued child of God. You are graced with gifts and talents that will change the world you encounter along your journey. GOD LOVES YOU!!!

Us

We are a community of believers here to help nuture your relationship with God and guide you along your Christian journey.

God

GOD LOVES ALL! Regardless of your past, present or future, God opens his arms to welcome everyone and to help you fulfill your purpose in life.

Our Beliefs

United Methodists share a common heritage with all Christians. According to our foundational statement of beliefs in The Book of Discipline, we share basic affirmations in common with all Christian communities. We describe God in three persons. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are commonly used to refer to the threefold nature of God. Sometimes we use other terms, such as Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer.

We believe in one God, who created the world and all that is in it.
We believe that God is sovereign; that is, God is the ruler of the universe.
We believe that God is loving. We can experience God’s love and grace.
Excerpt from What Every Teacher Needs to Know About Theology (Discipleship Resources, 2002), p. 13.
We believe that the Holy Spirit is God with us.
We believe that the Holy Spirit comforts us when we are in need and convicts us when we stray from God.
We believe that the Holy Spirit awakens us to God’s will and empowers us to live obediently.
Excerpt from What Every Teacher Needs to Know About Theology (Discipleship Resources, 2002), p. 14.
We believe that the church is the body of Christ, an extension of Christ’s life and ministry in the world today.
We believe that the mission of the church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ.
We believe that the church is “the communion of saints,” a community made up of all past, present, and future disciples of Christ.
We believe that the church is called to worship God and to support those who participate in its life as they grow in faith.
Excerpt from What Every Teacher Needs to Know About Theology (Discipleship Resources, 2002), p. 14.
We believe that the kingdom or reign of God is both a present reality and future hope.
We believe that wherever God’s will is done, the kingdom or reign of God is present. It was present in Jesus’ ministry, and it is also present in our world whenever persons and communities experience reconciliation, restoration, and healing.
We believe that although the fulfillment of God’s kingdom–the complete restoration of creation–is still to come.
We believe that the church is called to be both witness to the vision of what God’s kingdom will be like and a participant in helping to bring it to completion.
We believe that the reign of God is both personal and social. Personally, we display the kingdom of God as our hearts and minds are transformed and we become more Christ-like. Socially, God’s vision for the kingdom includes the restoration and transformation of all of creation.

We believe that Jesus was human. He lived as a man and died when he was crucified.
We believe that Jesus is divine. He is the Son of God.
We believe that God raised Jesus from the dead and that the risen Christ lives today. (Christ and messiah mean the same thing—God’s anointed.)
We believe that Jesus is our Savior. In Christ we receive abundant life and forgiveness of sins.
We believe that Jesus is our Lord and that we are called to pattern our lives after his.
Excerpt from What Every Teacher Needs to Know About Theology (Discipleship Resources, 2002), p. 13-14.
We believe that God created human beings in God’s image.
We believe that humans can choose to accept or reject a relationship with God.
We believe that all humans need to be in relationship with God in order to be fully human.
Excerpt from What Every Teacher Needs to Know About Theology (Discipleship Resources, 2002), p. 14.
We believe that the Bible is God’s Word.
We believe that the Bible is the primary authority for our faith and practice.
We believe that Christians need to know and study the Old Testament and the New Testament (the Hebrew Scriptures and the Christian Scriptures).
Excerpt from What Every Teacher Needs to Know About Theology (Discipleship Resources, 2002), p. 15.

With many other Protestants, we recognize the two sacraments in which Christ himself participated: Baptism and Holy Communion.

Through baptism we are joined with the church and with Christians everywhere.
Baptism is a symbol of new life and a sign of God’s love and forgiveness of our sins.
Persons of any age can be baptized.
We baptize by sprinkling, immersion or pouring.
A person receives the sacrament of baptism only once in his or her life.
The Lord’s Supper (Communion, Eucharist)

Holy Communion is a meal of bread and wine that symbolizes the body and blood of Christ.
The Lord’s Supper recalls the life, death and resurrection of Jesus and celebrates the unity of all the members of God’s family.
By sharing this meal, we give thanks for Christ’s sacrifice and are nourished and empowered to go into the world in mission and ministry.
We practice “open Communion,” welcoming all who love Christ, repent of their sin, and seek to live in peace with one another.

Our Connection

Wesley Chapel is part of the United Methodist connection. That means that we are connected to other United Methodists churches throughout the United States and abroad. United Methodist churches are bound together by a common mission and common governance that help us to reach out into the world. United Methodist churches and organizations join in mission with each other and with other denominations.

John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, recognized the need for an organized system of communication and accountability and developed what he called the “connexion,” which was an interlocking system of classes, societies, and annual conferences. Connectionalism shows through the clergy appointment system, through the developing of mission and ministry that United Methodists do together, and through giving. Mission work around the world, whether it be a new university in Africa or bicycles for Cuban pastors, is the work of “the connection,” as opposed to the work of a single congregation.

We are stronger because of the connection, and we are better able to fulfill the Great Commission that is the mission of the United Methodist Church: to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

Our Pastor

Elder Ronnie Miller-Yow was appointed as senior pastor of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church in July of 2003.  The membership at Wesley Chapel has grown considerably since Elder Miller-Yow arrived.  And, even more importantly, much of the growth in the membership comes from the students at Philander Smith who are taking an active role in church leadership and participation. Read More...

Our History

In 1853 the black members of the Cherry Street Methodist Church in Little Rock outgrew provisions made for them in the white church. A large, neat frame building was erected near Eighth and Broadway, to which the black membership moved and named it Wesley Chapel. This congregation, still governed by the white organization, was allowed a more liberal share of self-government under the leadership of their own local preacher. After Emancipation, Rev. William Wallace Andrews, Wesley’s first pastor, called upon the members of Wesley to vote themselves out of the Methodist Church, South, back into the Methodist Episcopal Church. The following year Rev. Andrews journeyed to Missouri, where Wesley was admitted into the Missouri Conference. Read More...

Want to worship with us?

Worship Experiences: 8:00 am & 10:45 am
Sunday School: 9:30 am
Wednesdays in the Word: Noon & 6:00 pm