Wesleyan Beliefs


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Our History

The name "Wesleyan" is in honor of John Wesley, a priest in the Church of England who was the inspiration and founder of the Methodist movement. Wesley was an outstanding Oxford scholar, yet regarded himself as "a man of one book," the Bible. It was while studying the Bible that he received assurance of his own salvation through faith. It was the Bible which motivated his vision for offering Christ to the common people of England in a way that led to that nation's greatest spiritual revival. It was biblical truth that 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, a great evil of his time. Confidence in the Bible as "the only and sufficient rule for Christian faith and practice" (to use Wesley's own words) is still a hallmark of The Wesleyan Church today.

July 8, 2014 The Kentucky-Tennessee District elected a new district superintendent on June 28.  (wesleyan.org)  Rev. Aaron Sherman had been serving as interim D.S. for the previous four months. Prior to that, he was assistant district superintendent of the KY-TN district for two years and president of the Maysville Wesleyan Camp. He was ordained in 2004.  Rev. Sherman has pastored churches in New York, Ohio, and most recently in Louisville, Kentucky, for a total of eighteen years. Those churches have experienced spiritual revival and numerical growth along with multi-ethnic and social outreach in their Great Commission ministries. In addition to pastoral service, Rev. Sherman was employed as a psychiatric counselor for St. Mary's Health Care in Amsterdam, N.Y., and a social worker with Catholic Charities in Albany, N.Y.  Dr. Harry Wood is a former General Superintendent of The Wesleyan Church and a long-time district superintendent in the Penn-Jersey and Chesapeake Districts. He has had a formal coaching relationship with Rev. Sherman for the last three months, during Rev. Sherman's interim leadership of the Kentucky-Tennessee District. In commenting on Saturday’s election, Dr. Wood said: The rise to leadership of Aaron Sherman has been orchestrated by God. I compare it to when the shepherd boy, David, was chosen by God and divinely prepared to give leadership to God's people. It is not surprising that Aaron has outstanding administrative skills. These were honed in secular settings. But his aptitude for the entire work of a district superintendent is remarkable. He has a humble, pastor's heart, yet he has a leader's grasp of the broader issues. He is capable of bringing loving resolution to thorny problems and has the necessary vision for seeing future possibilities for God's church. Rev. Sherman was raised in a parsonage in upstate New York and his family includes two brothers who are ordained ministers. He was called to preach at the age of six, was chaplain of a senior center at the tender age of fourteen, and was involved in teaching and evangelism as a young person in his church. Aaron met his wife and partner in ministry, Hannah, at church camp. She is originally from Northumberland, Penn. They have been married for fifteen years and are blessed to be the parents of four sons and one daughter: Ethan, Garrett, Ashden, Conner and Leanna.