closeup of a stone carving on Wesley's building reading "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart"

If I could sum up “Why Wesley” in one word, I would use the word “genuine,” and that a reflection of the people we come across here. My wife Emily and I met at another church and started dating in 2004, and our faith had grown together as we each have matured. In 2007 we were feeling the pull to do a little church shopping. Although both of us were raised Catholic, we tried several good churches of different denominations in town, but when we came to Wesley it just felt so warm and inviting to me. Emily is one of the most honest, genuine people I know, and when we started coming to Wesley, that was one of the main things I noticed right away from this congregation. A relationship with God is exactly that; a relationship. That is why the denomination of church is less important to me than the approach towards gaining a stronger relationship with God. Like any other relationship, it is not always easy, and it can go through ups and downs, and what I really appreciate about Wesley is how this approach is acceptable, and to me, it is very evident from the clergy and congregation. From the sermons, I can really appreciate how many times the historical context is brought in, and it gives perspective on challenges people faced at the time, and how they translate to the similarities to we have today. What I really love is how what I would describe as the “human element” of Christianity is so encouraged and embraced throughout the congregation. Like understanding the struggle of forgiveness, or maybe not praying as much as we’d like, or not as giving of our time and money as we could, and like what took place recently with Doubt Night, and acknowledging the fact that it is okay to have these struggles. In fact, I remember Dr. White, who was the head pastor here when we first started attending, preaching on how that through these struggles comes growth. This philosophy helps keep me from saying “Why does this situation happen to me,” but rather, “What should I be learning from this situation?” It is this genuine appreciation for everyone, to accept everyone for who they are, and what phase of life they are in, that makes it easy for me to say “Why Wesley.”