…be made new in the attitude of your minds; and…put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness
(Ephesians 4:23-24 NIV)
The Wesleyan Church was founded in 1968 when the Wesleyan Methodist Church and the Pilgrim Holiness Church merged. The new denomination was shaped by the Wesleyan Methodists’ appreciation for structure combining with the Pilgrims’ entrepreneurial spirit.
The holy blaze in the hearts of Wesleyans caught fire in 18th century England with a Church of England priest, John Wesley, who called upon Christian believers to commit to a life of holiness and the study of God’s Word. Our name “Wesleyan” honors him.
Wesley was an outstanding Oxford scholar, yet regarded himself as “a man of one book,” the Bible. It was while studying the Bible that Wesley received assurance of his salvation through faith. It was the Bible that motivated his vision for offering Christ to the common people of England and which eventually led to the nation’s greatest spiritual revival.
Biblical truth inspired Wesley to develop a school for orphans, job programs and medical assistance for the poor, efforts to reform inhumane prisons and arguments for the abolition of slavery. Confidence in the Bible as “the only and sufficient rule for Christian faith and practice” (to use Wesley’s own words) remains a hallmark of The Wesleyan Church today.
It was in 1843 that our leaders organized to address social issues through The Wesleyan Methodist Connection of America. Wesleyans were one of the first denominations in America to ordain women and were at the forefront of giving laity significant roles in church leadership.
The movement spread like wildfire as passionate Wesleyans began to radically apply their faith to every area of their life and communities, leading to reformations in education, culture, and governments.
Wesleyan groups in both England and North America openly opposed slavery, called for women’s rights, and stood up against child labor atrocities.
This distinct call to holiness and witness bound Wesleyans together as a diverse family of multiple nationalities, races, languages, and cultures. Members of The Wesleyan Church continue to be catalysts for individual and social transformation.
Learn more about our history in the Wesleyan archives, available at Wesleyan.org.
Wesleyans believe in one God, who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and the Savior of all who put their faith in him alone for eternal life.
We believe that those who are made new in Christ are called to be holy in character and conduct and can only live this way by being filled with the Lord’s Spirit.
We believe in the Bible and its sufficiency to establish our faith and conduct.
We believe God wills for people everywhere to know him and be made new in Christ.
We believe that the purpose of the Church is to worship God in spirit and in truth, and to reach a lost and fallen world with the gospel of Jesus Christ through its worship, witness and loving deeds.
These terms describe the soul of the Church:
Biblical authority, Christlikeness, Disciple Making, Local Church-Centered, Servant Leadership
Ransom Church exists to set captives free. We hold firm to three core values that drive everything we do. We are a church that Worships Free of Inhibition, Lives Free of Sin, and Serves Free of Self.
We believe Jesus Christ is the only thing that can set captives free. We are relentless in spreading that freedom in Christ to everyone within our reach. We gather each Sunday with the purpose of being sent out on mission during the week – we are on mission to set captives free!
elder participation expectations
1. Governance Hat: Required Responsibilities
- Monthly meeting
- Teaching others (Group leader/Discipling someone)
- Attend one/Serve One
- Member of Ransom Church (and meet all requirements of membership)
- Aaron and Hur Prayer Partnership
- Living out the spiritual leadership mandates as laid out in scripture, our book, and our Elder Covenant
2: Participant Hat: Encouraged attendance by board member and spouse/family
- Elder/Spouse Christmas Party
- Church wide compassion/Outreach Events as able (Turkeys/Easter/Christmas)
- Volunteer Appreciation Event
- Praying at the altar during Altar Calls
- Visit other campuses/ministries periodically to encourage campus pastors
- Team Lead for the ministry you serve in
- Discipling someone
- Delegates to District Conference when needed/able
3: Volunteer/Attender Hat: Board members MAY serve in these roles as volunteers or simply attend as they feel led. This is NOT an expectation.
- Focused Compassion Events (Contemplatio, Ransom Freedom Ministries)
- Community Group- Attend or Lead
- Missions Trips
- Worship Nights
- Prayer Vigils
- Hospital Visits