In the United Methodist Church we believe that our worship services and our church as a ministry is open to all. At Wesley UMC we worship with the traditional services that you may find in many other United Methodist churches. Hopefully this will make you feel at home and at peace during your visit with us.
We strive to open our hearts to the world and accept each person as a child of God.
We challenge ourselves to consider new perspectives while honoring our biblical tradition. Our church is based on thoughtful and heartfelt faith.
Everyone is welcome to worship with us, to participate in the sacrament of communion, to join us in embracing and embodying the diversity of God’s family.
A brief history of Wesley UMC.
Wesley United Methodist Church was founded in 1954 after members of the First United Methodist Church in Orange took a census of the, then new, Roselawn subdivision to assess the need for another Methodist church. The results found a need for another Methodist church in this area of Orange.
Rev. James Wagener was called by the Methodist Conference as Wesley’s first pastor. The new congregation met at
Noguess Mortuary Chapel until church members voted to build the present sanctuary on a three-acre tract of land donated by Mr. And Mrs. E.W. Brown, Jr.
Members of the congregation began construction of the 3,000 square foot structure with 4,000 volunteer man-hours from a membership of 120. Persons in the community, not connected with the church, gave more than 400 hours of work. Ironworkers Local 125, employed in the construction division of the DuPont plant in Orange, volunteered to erect the eleven tons of the structural steel framework. Formal consecration services were held on January 10,1960, with Dr. Stewart Clendenin, Beaumont District Superintendent, conducting the service.
In October 1965, Rev. J.B. Prouse was appointed as pastor and served until his retirement in 2008. In 1994 the present fellowship hall was constructed and later dedicated as the J.B. Prouse Fellowship Hall. In 2008, Rev. Randall R. Branch was appointed as Wesley’s pastor.