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History Of The
Wesleyan Church

Looking Back At Where We Are Coming From
Celebrating The Past; Cherishing The Present; Claiming The Future
This history of the Western Jamaica District of the Wesleyan Holiness Church allows only a bird’s eye view of those who came, and those whom they impacted. It attempts to tell how, together, they continued to plant, reap, and build. Now, it is one hundred years since they started, and we praise God. We pray that the heritage from these years will propel this generation into the future with a fierce determination to continue to garner souls for God’s kingdom.

The merging of different groups of believers in Jamaica and the United States of America over several years ended in the Wesleyan Holiness Church.

  The church was founded in Indiana, USA in 1885 under the name, Pentecost Bands, having evolved out of the first Methodists coming to America in 1766. By 1895 the group, now Missionary Bands, became a separate organization from the Free Methodists, and in its 1925  annual conference, changed its name to “Missionary Bands of  the  World Incorporated”. As time  progressed, churches  were established in the state  of  Indiana, with mission fields in Central India and Jamaica.

Mission Statement
of the Wesleyan Holiness Church

To Exalt Jesus Christ by:
  • Evangelizing the lost

  • Discipling the believers

  • Ministering to society

  • Equipping the church

District Superintendents of
Western Jamaica District

Rev. Dr. Lorrel Garwood

Rev. Dr. Lorrel Garwood


Rev. Bosville A. Mullings

Rev. Bosville A. Mullings

2010 to 2018

Rev. Wesley S. Johnson

Rev. Wesley S. Johnson

2005 -2010

Rev. Willie A. Holness

Rev. Willie A. Holness


Rev. Brian V. McKitty

Rev. Brian V. McKitty

1985 -1992

Rev. Amos A. King

Rev. Amos A. King

1981 -1985

Rev. Stanley E. Hewling

Rev. Stanley E. Hewling

1973 -1981

Rev. Noel O. Williams

Rev. Noel O. Williams

1972 – 1973

Beliefs & Articles of Religon




75. The Wesleyan Holiness Church has grown out of a revival movement which has historically given itself to one mission – the spreading of scriptural holiness throughout every land. The message which ignited the Wesleyan revival was the announcement that God through Christ can forgive man of his sins, transform him, free him from inbred sin, enable him to live a holy life, and bear witness to his heart that he is indeed a child of God. The message was based on the Scriptures, was verified in personal experience, and came not only in word but in the power of the Spirit. It was dynamic and contagious, and was communicated from heart to heart and from land to land. It adapted itself to and gave new vitality and purpose to various kinds of church organizations .


76.The Wesleyan Holiness Church believes that to spread scriptural holiness throughout every land involves joining the entire church of Christ in a full-orbed mission to the world, including the following:

  1. Sharing the divine revelation of full salvation through Christ as recorded in the Holy Scriptures so as to evangelize the lost and to minister redemptively to human society and its institutions.
  2. Relating new converts to local churches and providing Spirit-filled and well-trained pastors and leaders for the same.
  3. Developing in the converts patterns of worship to God and of fellowship with other believers.
  4. Discipling them in turn to be witnesses for their Lord.
  5. Guiding believers to experience entire sanctification so they are enabled to live whole and holy lives.
  6. Providing for them lifelong nurture and instruction, encouraging each to grow toward spiritual maturity in Christ Jesus.
  7. Helping them to develop a Christian interpretation of life and the universe, training them to be good stewards of the talents, time, opportunities, and resources with which Christ has entrusted them.
  8. Equipping them for lives of dynamic service to God and man, so that the full potential God has designed for each of them may be realized.

Article II. Articles of Religion

  1. We believe in the one living and true God, both holy and loving, eternal, unlimited in power, wisdom, and goodness, the Creator and Preserver of all things. Within this unity there are three persons of one essential nature, power, and eternity - the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.


Gen. 1:1; 17:1; Ex. 3:13-15; 33:20; Deut. 6:4; Ps. 90:2; Isa. 40:28-29; Matt. 3:16-17; 28:19; John 1:1-2; 4:24; 16:13; 17:3; Acts 5:3-4; 17:24-25; I Cor. 8:4,6; Eph. 2:18; Phil. 2:6; Col. 1:16-17; I Tim. 1:17; Heb. 1 :8; I John 5:20.

  1. We believe the Father is the Source of all that exists, whether of matter or spirit. With the Son and the Holy Spirit, He made man in His image. By intention He relates to man as Father, thereby forever declaring His goodwill toward man. In love, He both seeks and receives penitent sinners.


Ps. 68:5; Isa. 64:8; Matt. 7:11; John 3:17; Rom. 8:15; I Peter 1:17.

  1. We believe in Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, truly God and truly man. He died on the cross and was buried, to be a sacrifice both for original sin and for all the transgressions of men, and to reconcile us to God. Christ rose bodily from the dead, and ascended into heaven, and there intercedes for us at the Father’s right hand until He returns to judge all men at the last day.


Ps. 16:8-10; Matt. 1:21,23; 11:27; 16:28; 27:62-66; 28:5-9,16-17; Mark 10:45; 15; 16:6-7; Luke 1:27,31,35; 24:4-8,23; John 1:1,14,18; 3:16-17; 20:26-29; 21; Acts 1:2-3; 2:24-31; 4:12; 10:40; Rom. 5:10,18; 8:34; 14:9; I Cor. 15:3-8,14; II Cor. 5:18-19; Gal. 1:4; 2:20; 4:4-5; Eph. 5:2; I Tim. 1:15; Heb. 2:17; 7:27; 9:14,28; 10:12; 13:20; I Peter 2:24; I John 2:2; 4:14.

  1. We believe in the Holy Spirit who proceeds from the Father- and the .Son and is of the same essential nature, majesty, and glory, as the Father and the Son, truly and eternally God. He is the Administrator of grace to all mankind, and is particularly the effective Agent in conviction for sin, in regeneration, in sanctification and in glorification. He is ever present, assuring, preserving, guiding, and enabling the believer


Job 33:4; Matt. 28:19; John 4:24; 14:16-17; 15:26; 16:13-15; Acts 5:34; Rom. 8:9; II Cor. 3:17; Gal. 4:6.

  1. We believe that the books of the Old and New Testaments constitute the Holy Scriptures. They are the inspired and infallibly written Word of God, fully inerrant in their original manuscripts and superior to all human authority, and have been transmitted to the present without corruption of any essential doctrine. We believe that they contain all things necessary to salvation; so that whatever is not read therein, nor may be proved thereby, is not to be required of any man that it should be believed as an article of faith, or be thought requisite or necessary to salvation. Both in the Old and New Testaments life is offered to mankind ultimately through Christ, who is the only Mediator between God and man. The New Testament teaches Christians how to fulfill the moral principles of the Old Testament, calling for loving obedience to God made possible by the indwelling presence of His Holy Spirit.

The canonical books of the Old Testament are:

Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, I Samuel, II Samuel, I Kings, II Kings, I Chronicles, II Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, The Song of Solomon, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi.

The canonical books of the New Testament are:

Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, I Corinthians, II Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, I Thessalonians, II Thessalonians, I Timothy, II Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, I Peter, II Peter, I John, II John, III John, Jude, Revelation.

Ps. 19:7; Matt. 5:17-l9; 22:37-40; Luke 24:27,44; John 1:45; 5:46; 17:17; Acts 17:2,11; Rom. 1:2; 15:4,8; 16:26; II Cor. 1:20; Gal. 1:8; Eph. 2:15-16; I Tim. 2:5; II Tim. 3:15-17; Heb. 4:12; 10:1; 11:39; James 1:21; I Peter 1:23; II Peter 1:19-21; I John 2:3-7; Rev. 22:18-19.

  1. We believe that the two great commandments which require us to love the Lord our God with all the heart, and our neighbors as ourselves, summarize the divine law as it is revealed in the Scriptures. They are the perfect measure and norm of human duty, both for the ordering and directing of families and nations, and all other social bodies, and for individual acts, by which we are required to acknowledge God as our only Supreme Ruler, and all men as created by Him, equal in all natural rights. Therefore all men should so order all their individual, social, and political acts as to give to God entire and absolute obedience, and to assure to all men the enjoyment of every natural right, as well as to promote the fulfillment of each in the possession and exercise of such rights.


Lev. 19:18,34; Deut. 1:16-17; Job 31:13-14; Jer. 21:12; 22:3; Micah 6:8; Matt. 5:44-48; 7:12; Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:27-29,35; John 13:3435; Acts 10:34-35; 17:26; Rom. 12:9; 13:1,7-8,10; Gal. 5:14; 6:10; Titus 3:1; James 2:8; I Peter 2:17; I John 2:5; 4:12-13; II John 6.

  1. We believe that man is created in the image of God, that human sexuality reflects that image in terms of intimate love, communication, fellowship, subordination of the self to the larger whole, and fulfillment. God’s Word makes use of the marriage relationship as the supreme metaphor for His relationship with His covenant people and for revealing the truth that that relationship is of one God with one people. Therefore God’s plan for human sexuality is that it is to be expressed only in a monogamous lifelong relationship between one man and one woman within the framework of marriage. This is the only relationship which is divinely designed for the birth and rearing of children and is a covenant union made in the sight of God, taking priority over every other human relationship.


Gen. 1:27-28; 2:18,20,23,24; Isa. 54:4-8; 62:5b; Jer. 3:14; Ezek. 16:3ff.; Hosea 2; Mal. 2:14; Matt. 19:4-6; Mark 10:9; John 2:1-2,11; I Tim. 5:14; I Cor. 9:5; Eph. 5:23-32; Heb. 13:4; Rev. 19:7-8.

  1. We believe that man’s creation in the image of God included ability to choose between right and wrong. Thus man was made morally responsible for his choices. But since the fall of Adam, man is unable in his own strength to do the right. This is due to original sin, which is not simply the following of Adam’s example, but rather the corruption of the nature of every man, and is reproduced naturally in Adam’s descendants. Because of it, man is very far gone from original righteousness, and of his own nature is continually inclined to evil. He cannot of himself even call upon God or exercise faith for salvation. But through Jesus Christ the prevenient grace of God makes possible what man in himself cannot do. It is bestowed freely upon all men, enabling all who will to turn and be saved. 


Gen. 6:5; 8:21; Deut. 30:19; Josh. 24:15; I Kings 20:40; Ps. 51:5; Isa. 64:6; Jer 17:9; Mark 7:21-23; Luke 16:15; John 7:17; Rom. 3:10-12; 5:12-21; I Cor. 15:22; Eph. 2:1-3; I Tim. 2:5; Titus 3:5; Heb. 11:6; Rev. 22:17.

  1. We believe that Christ’s offering of himself, once and for all, through His sufferings and meritorious death on the cross provides the perfect redemption and atonement for the sins of the whole world, both original and actual. There is no other ground of salvation from sin but that alone. This atonement is sufficient for every individual of Adam’s race. It is unconditionally effective in the salvation of those mentally incompetent from birth, of those converted persons who have become mentally incompetent, and of children under the age of accountability. But it is effective for the salvation of those who reach the age of accountability only when they repent and exercise faith in Christ.


Isa. 52:13-53:12; Luke 24:46-47; Job- 5:16; Acts 3:18; 4:12; Rom. 3:20,24-26; 5:8-11,13,18-20; 7:7; 5:34; I Cor. 6:11; 15:22; Gal. 2:16; 3:2-3; Eph. 1:7; 2:13,16; I Tim. 2:5-6; Heb. 7:23-27; 9:11-15,24-28; 10:14; I John 2:2;4:10.

  1. We believe that for man to appropriate what God’s prevenient Grace has made possible, he must voluntarily respond in repentance and faith. The ability comes from God, but the act is man’s.

Repentance is prompted by the convicting ministry of the Holy Spirit. It involves a willful change of mind that renounces sin and longs for righteousness, a godly sorrow for and a confession of past sins, proper restitution for wrongdoings, and a resolution to reform the life. Repentance is the precondition for saving faith, and without it saving faith is impossible. Faith, in turn, is the only condition of salvation. It begins in the agreement of the mind and the consent of the will to the truth of the gospel but issues in a complete reliance by the whole person in the saving ability of Jesus Christ and a complete trusting of oneself to Him as Savior and Lord. Saving faith is expressed in a public acknowledgment of His Lordship and an identification with His church.

Mark 1:15; Luke 5:32; 13:3; 24:47; John 3:16; 17;10; 20:31; Acts 5:31; 10:43; 11:18; 16:31; 20:21; 26:20; Rom. 1:16; 2:4; 10:8-10,17; Gal. 3:26; Eph. 2:8; 4:4-6; Phil. 3:9; II Thess. 2:13; II Tim. 2:25; Heb. 11:6; 12:2; I Peter 1:9; II Peter 3:9.

  1. We believe that when man repents of his sin and believes on the Lord Jesus Christ, he in the same moment is justified, regenerated, adopted into the family of God, and assured of his salvation through the witness of the Spirit.

We believe that we are accounted righteous before God only on the basis of the merit of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, being justified by faith alone, and not on the basis of our own works.

We believe that regeneration is that work of the Holy Spirit by which the pardoned sinner becomes a child of God. This new life is received through faith in Jesus Christ, and by it the regenerate are delivered from the power of sin which reigns over all the unregenerate, so that they love God and through grace serve Him with the will and affections of the heart, receiving the Spirit of Adoption.

Justification: Hab. 2:4; Acts 13:38-39; 15:11; 16:31; Rom. 1:17; 3:28; 4:2-5; 5:1-2; Gal. 3:6-14; Eph. 2:8-9; Phil. 3:9; Heb. 10:38.

Regeneration: John 1:12-13; 3:3,5-8; II Cor. 5:17; Gal. 3:26; Eph. 2:5,10,19; 4:24; Col. 3:10; Titus 3:5; James 1:18; I Peter 1:3-4; II Peter 1:4; I John 3:1.

Adoption: Rom. 8:15; Gal. 4:5, 7; Eph. 1:5.

Witness of the Spirit: Rom. 8: 16-17; Gal. 4:6; I John 2:3; 3: 14, 18-19.

  1. We believe that although good works cannot save us from our sins or from God’s judgment, they are the fruit of faith and follow after regeneration. Therefore they are pleasing and acceptable to God in Christ, and by them a living faith may be as evidently known as a tree is discerned by its fruit.


Matt. 5:16; 7:16-20; John 15:8; Rom. 3:20; 4:2,4,6; Gal. 2:16; 5:6; Eph. 2:10; Phil. 1:11; Col. 1:10; I Thess. 1:3; Titus 2:14; 3:5; James 2:18,22; I Peter 2:9,12.

  1. We believe that after we have experienced regeneration, it is possible to fall into sin, for in this life there is no such height or strength of holiness from which it is impossible to fall. But by the grace of God one who has fallen into sin may by true repentance and faith find forgiveness and restoration.


Mal. 3:7; Matt. 18:21-22; John 15:4-6; I Tim. 4:1, 16; Heb. 10:35-39; I John 1:9; 2:1, 24-25.

  1. We believe that sanctification is that work of the Holy Spirit by which the child of God is separated from sin unto God and is enabled to love God with all his heart and to walk in all His holy commandments blameless. Sanctification is initiated at the moment of justification and regeneration. From that moment there is a gradual or progressive sanctification as the believer walks with God and daily grows in grace and in a more perfect obedience to God. This prepares for the crisis of entire sanctification which is wrought instantaneously when the believer presents himself a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, through faith in Jesus Christ, being effected by the baptism with the Holy Spirit who cleanses the heart from all inbred sin. The crisis of entire sanctification perfects the believer in love and empowers him for effective service. It is followed by lifelong growth in grace and the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The life of holiness continues through faith in the sanctifying blood of Christ and evidences itself by loving obedience to God’s revealed will.


Gen. 17:1; Deut. 30:6; Ps. 130:8; Isa. 5:1-6,35; Ezek. 36:25-29; Matt. 5:8,48 ; Luke 1:74-75; 3:16-17; 24:49; John 17:1-26; Acts 1:4-5,8; 2:1-4;  15:8-9; 26:18; Rom. 8:3-4; I Cor. 1:2; 6:11; II Cor. 7:1; Eph. 4:13,24; 5:25-27; I Thess. 3:10,12-13; 4:3,7-8;5:23-24; II Thess. 2: 13; Titus 2:11-14; Heb. 10:14; 12:14; 13:12; James 3:17-18; 4:8; I Peter 1:2; II Peter 1:4; I John 1:7,9; 3:8-9; 4:17-18; Jude 24.

  1. We believe that the Gift of the Spirit is the Holy Spirit himself, and He is to be desired more than the gifts of the Spirit which He in His wise counsel bestows upon individual members of the Church to enable them properly to fulfill their function as members of the body of Christ. The gifts of the Spirit, although not always identifiable with natural abilities, function through them for the edification of the whole church. These gifts are to be exercised in love under the administration of the Lord of the church, not through human volition. The relative value of the gifts of the Spirit is to be tested by their usefulness in the church and not by the ecstasy produced in the ones receiving them.


Luke 11:13; 24:49; Acts 1:4; 2:38-39; 8:19-20; 10:45; 11:17; Rom. 12:4-8; I Cor. 12:1-14:40; Eph. 4:7-8,11-16; Heb. 2:4; 13:20-21; I Peter 4:8-11.

  1. We believe that the Christian church is the entire body of believers in Jesus Christ, who is the founder and only Head of the church. The church includes both those believers who have gone to be with the Lord and those who remain on the earth, having renounced the world, the flesh, and the devil, and having dedicated themselves to the work which Christ committed unto His church until He comes. The church on earth is to preach the pure Word of God, properly administer the sacraments according to Christ’s instructions, and live in obedience to all that Christ commands. A local church is a body of believers formally organized on gospel principles, meeting regularly for the purposes of evangelism, nurture, fellowship, and worship. The Wesleyan Holiness Church is a denomination consisting of those members within district conferences and local churches who as members of the body of Christ hold the faith set forth in these Articles of Religion and acknowledge the ecclesiastical authority of its governing bodies.


Matt. 16:18; 18:17; Acts 2:41-47; 9:31; 11:22; 12:5; 14:23; 15:22; 20:28; I Cor. 1:2; 12:28; 16:1; II Cor. 1:1; Gal. 1:2; Eph. 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 3:9-10,21; 5:22-33; Col. 1:18,24; I Thess. 1:1; II Thess. 1:1; I Tim. 3:15; Heb. 12:23; James 5:14.

  1. We believe that water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are the sacraments of the church commanded by Christ and ordained as a means of grace when received through faith. They are tokens of our profession of Christian faith and signs of God’s gracious ministry toward us. By them, He works within us to Quicken, strengthen, and confirm our faith.

We believe that water baptism is a sacrament of the church, commanded by our Lord and administered to believers. It is a symbol of the new covenant of grace and signifies acceptance of the benefits of the atonement of Jesus Christ. By means of this sacrament, believers declare their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior.

Matt 3:13-17; 28:19; Mark 1:9-11; John 3:5,22,26; 4:1-2; Acts 2:3839,41; 8:12-17,36-38; 9:18; 16:15,33; 18:8; 19:5; 22:16; Rom. 2:28-29; 4:11; 6:3-4; I Cor. 12:13; Gal. 3:27-29; Col. 2:11-12; Titus 3:5.

We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a sacrament of our redemption by Christ’s death and of our hope in His victorious return, as well as a sign of the love that Christians have for each other. To such as receive it humbly, with a proper spirit and by faith, the Lord’s Supper is made a means through which God communicates grace to the heart.

Matt. 26:26-28; Mark 14:22-24; Luke 22:19-20; John 6:48-58; I Cor. 5:7-8; 10:3-4, 16-17; 11:23-29.

  1. We believe that the certainty of the personal and imminent return of Christ inspires holy living and zeal for the evangelization of the world. At His return He will fulfill all prophecies made concerning His final and complete triumph over evil.


Job 19:25-27; Isa. 11:1-12; Zech. 14:1-11; Matt. 24:1-51; 25; 26:64; Mark 13:1-37; Luke 17:22-37; 21:5-36; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:6-11; I Cor. 1:7-8; I Thess. 1:10; 2:19; 3:13; 4:13-18; 5:1-11,23; II Thess. 1:6-10; 2:1-12; Titus 2:11-14; Heb. 9:27-28; James 5:7-8; 11 Peter 3:114; I John 3:2-3; Rev. 1:7; 19:11-16; 22:6-7,12,20.

  1. We believe in the bodily resurrection from the dead of all mankind — of the just unto the resurrection of life, and of the unjust unto the resurrection of damnation. The resurrection of the righteous dead will occur at Christ’s Second Coming, and the resurrection of the wicked will occur at a later time. The resurrection of Christ is the guarantee of the resurrection of those who are in Christ. The raised body will be a spiritual body, but the person will be whole and identifiable.


Job 19:25-27; Dan. 12:2; Matt. 22:30-32; 28:1-20; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 14:14; 24:1-53; John 5:28-29; 11:21-27; 20:1-21:25; Acts 1:3; Rom 8:11; I Cor. 6:14; 15:1-58; II Cor. 4:14; 5:1-11; I Thess. 4:13-17; Rev. 20:4-6,11-13.

  1. We believe that the Scriptures reveal God as the Judge of all mankind and the acts of His judgment are based on His omniscience and eternal justice. His administration of judgment will culminate in the final meeting of mankind before His throne of great majesty and power, where records will be examined and final rewards and punishments will be administered.


Eccl. 12:14; Matt 10:15; 25:31-46; Luke 11:31-32; Acts 10:42; 17:31; Rom. 2:16; 14:10-12; II Cor. 5:10; II Tim. 4:1; Heb. 9:27; II Peter 3:7; Rev. 20:11-13.

  1. We believe that the Scriptures clearly teach that there is a conscious personal existence after death. The final destiny of man is determined by God’s grace and man’s response, evidenced inevitably by his moral character which results from his personal and volitional choices and not from any arbitrary decree of God. Heaven with its eternal glory and the blessedness of Christ’s presence is the final abode of those who choose the salvation which God provides through Jesus Christ, but hell with its everlasting misery and separation from God is the final abode of those who neglect this great salvation.


Dan. 12:2; Matt. 25:34-46; Mark 9:43-48; Luke 13:3; John 8:21-23; 14:2-3; II Cor. 5:6,8,10; Heb. 2:1-3; 9:27-28; 10:26-31; Rev. 20:14-15; 21:1-22:5,14-15.

Article III. Membership Commitments

130. To be identified with an organized church is the blessed privilege and sacred duty of all who are saved from their sins, and are seeking completeness in Christ Jesus. From the church’s beginnings in the New Testament age, it has been understood that such identification involves putting off the old patterns of conduct and putting on the mind of Christ. In maintaining this Christian concept of a transformed life, The Wesleyan Holiness Church intends to relate timeless biblical principles to the conditions of contemporary society in such a way as to respect the integrity of the individual believer, yet maintain the purity of the church and the effectiveness of its witness. This is done in the conviction that there is validity in the concept of the collective Christian conscience as illuminated and guided by the Holy Spirit. The following items (131) represent historic ethical and practical standards of The Wesleyan Church. While it is hoped that our people will earnestly seek the aid of the Spirit in cultivating a sensitivity to evil which transcends the mere letter of the law, it is expected that those entering into the covenant of full membership shall follow carefully and conscientiously these guides and helps to holy living. Disregard of the principles embraced in these Membership Commitments subjects a member to Church discipline (132: 1556:2; 1631).

131. Those admitted to full membership in our churches commit themselves to demonstrate their new life in Christ in such ways as:

(1) To reverence the name of Deity and to observe the Lord’s Day by divine worship and spiritual edification, avoiding all unnecessary commerce, labors, travels and pleasures which do not contribute to the moral and spiritual ends of this Day.


Gen 2:3; Ex 20:3, 7-11; Deut. 5:11-15; Isa. 58:13-14; Mark 2:27; Acts 20:7; Heb 4:9.

(2) To abstain from all forms of spiritism, such as witchcraft, astrology, and the like.


Lev. 19:31; 20:6; Deut. 18:10-14; Acts 19:18-19; Gal. 5:19-20.

(3) To run with patience the race which is set before them, denying themselves, and taking up their cross daily, submitting to bear the reproach of Christ.


Luke 9:23; Heb. 1:26; 12:1; I Peter 4:14.

(4) To recognize their responsibility to God and the Church by careful use of their time, engaging only in such activities as may contribute to their spiritual, moral, intellectual, and physical well-being and that of those who share in them.


Eph. 5:16; Col. 3:17.

(5) To make wise use of their material resources, ever mindful of their obligation to Christ’s church (remembering the principle of tithing which is basic to the New Testament standard of stewardship), and the needs of their fellowmen, exercising strict self-discipline in personal indulgence and demonstrating Christian liberality toward those whose distress they may help to alleviate, thus laying up treasure in heaven.


Prov. 3:9; Mal. 3:10; Matt. 25:34-40; Acts 20:35; I Cor. 16:2; II Cor. 9:7; James 2:15-16; I John 3:17.


(6) To dress so as to adorn the gospel, giving clear testimony to Christian purity and modesty by properly clothing the body and refraining from superfluous adornment; and to observe principles of application that may be given from time to time by the General Board of Administration after consultation with the several district boards of administration.


I Tim. 2:9-I0; I Peter 3:3-4.

(7) To abstain from all forms of gambling.


Ex. 20:I7; Rom. 14:21; 1 Cor. 6:12. Gambling violates the principle of Christian stewardship and the tenth commandment, is harmful to the individual in that it is emotionally addictive, is a poor example to others, and pollutes the moral climate of society.

(8) To abstain from using or trafficking in substances known to be destructive of physical and mental well-being, such as alcoholic beverages and tobacco, and from using drugs for other than proper medical purposes.

Prov. 20:1; Rom. 6:12; 14:21;1 Cor. 6:12-20; 10:23; II Cor. 7:1; Eph. 5:18; I Thess. 5:22. Christians are to regard their bodies as temples of the Holy Spirit. While no “thing” of itself is sinful, the Christian should avoid the use of anything which would not help build the fellowship of the church, would not help the believer to realize his full potential in Christ, or which would enslave him. In the light of the scientific knowledge of our day concerning the actual and potential harm of these substances, total abstinence is more in keeping with these biblical principles than is moderation.

(9) To respect all duly constituted authority in the home, the church, and the state, except when to do so violates the clear teachings of the Scriptures.


Ex. 20:12; Rom. 13:1-7; Eph. 5:21-25; 6:1-3; I Tim. 5:1; Titus 3:1; Heb. 13:17; I Peter 2:13-14.

(10) To observe the teachings of the Scriptures regarding marriage and divorce. We affirm that monogamy is (God’s plan for marriage, and we regard sexual sin of the spouse, such as adultery, homosexual behavior, bestiality, or incest, as the only biblical grounds for considering divorce, and then only when appropriate counseling has failed to restore the relationship.


Ex. 20:14, 17; 22:19; Lev. 20:10-16; Matt. 5:32; 19:19; Mark 10:11-12; Luke 16:18.

(11) To preserve the sanctity of the home by honoring Christ in every phase of family life, encouraging the nurture and education of the children in the Christian faith so as to bring them early to the saving knowledge of Christ, and to encourage by all possible means their Christian education.


Prov. 22:6; Mark 10:9; Eph. 5:28; 6:4.

(12) To strive together for the advancement of God’s kingdom and for the mutual edification of fellow believers, in holiness, knowledge, and love; to walk together in Christian fellowship, in carefulness, giving and receiving admonition with meekness and affection; to pray one for the other; to aid one another in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy, and to demonstrate purity, charity, and courtesy in all manner of life.


Rom. 15:1-2; Eph. 4; I Thess. 5.

(13) To grow in the knowledge and love of God by attending upon all the means of grace, such as the public worship of God, the ministry of the Word either read or expounded the Supper of the Lord, family and private prayer, searching the Scriptures, and fasting or abstinence.


Mark 2:18-20; Acts 13:2-3; 14:23; Rom. 12:12; 1 Cor. 11:23-28; Eph. 6:18; Phil. 4:6; I Tim. 2:1-2; II Tim. 3:16-17; Heb. 10:25; I Peter 2:2; II Peter 3:18.

(14) To abstain from membership in secret societies and lodges which are oath bound, believing that the quasi-religious nature of such organizations divides the Christian’s loyalty and their secret nature contravenes the Christian’s open witness and the secret nature of their oaths is repugnant to the Christian conscience.


Ex. 20:3; Matt. 5:34-36; John 18:20; Acts 4:12; James 5:12. These prohibitions do not restrict membership in labor civic, or other organizations which do not contradict loyalty to Christ and the Church When in these relationships Christian principles are violated, members shall be dealt with because of such violations and not because of the membership itself:

(15) To preserve the fellowship and witness of the Church with reference to the use of languages. The Wesleyan Holiness Church believes in the miraculous use of languages and the interpretation of languages in its biblical and historical setting. But it is contrary to the explicit teaching of the Word of God as understood by The Wesleyan Holiness Church to teach that speaking in an unknown tongue or the gift of tongues is the evidence of the baptism of the Holy Spirit, or of that entire sanctification which the baptism accomplishes (l 17-1 18); therefore only a language readily understood by the congregation is to be used in public worship. Furthermore, the use of a so-called ecstatic prayer language has no clear scriptural sanction, but tends rather to be controversial and divisive; therefore there should be no seeking for, promoting of, or witnessing to a possession of such a prayer language among us.


Acts 8:14-17; I Cor. 12:1-14:40; Gal. 5:22-24.

(16) To do good of every possible sort and as far as possible to all men especially to them that are of the household of faith: to their bodies, of the ability which God gives, by giving food to the hungry, by clothing the naked, by visiting or helping them that are sick or in prison; to their souls, by instructing, reproving, or exhorting them in love with all possible diligence, that the gospel be not blamed.


Matt. 25:31-46; Eph. 5:11; I Thess. 5:14; Heb. 3:13; 10:23-25.

(17) To respect the inherent individual rights of all persons, regardless of race, color, or sex.


I Cor. 8:13 12:13; Gal. 3:28; I Tim. 5:21.

(18) To live honestly, be just in all our dealings and faithful to all our commitments.


Eccl. 5:4-5; Rom. 12:17; Phil. 4:8-9; I Peter 2:12.

  1. These are the Membership Commitments of our Church. We believe all these to be consistent with the principles of Christ as taught in the Word of God, which is the only and sufficient rule both of our faith and practice. If any among us does not observe them, and/or habitually breaks any of them, we will admonish him in love with the hope of restoring him to a life of harmony with the above Membership Commitments. If such efforts of restoration continue to prove fruitless, official action should be taken toward termination of said person’s church membership. However, the church members are encouraged to continue efforts toward the spiritual restoration of this person.


Matt. 18:15-17; I Cor. 5:6-7,9-13; II Cor. 2:5-7; 5:18-20; 6:14-18; Gal. 6:1-10; Eph. 4:25-32; Titus 3:10

Torrington Wesleyan Holiness

Address: Torrington, Westmoreland

PASTOR : Rev. George N. Haughton
Contact: 876-955-3780


Torrington Weekly Services

Sunday             Divine Worship - 10:00 a.m.

                            Bible Study – 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday           Prayer Meeting – 7: 00 p.m.

Wednesday       Fasting – 10:00 a.m.

Friday                 Youth Service 7:00 p.m.

Saturday            Prayer Meeting 6:00 a.m.

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Alexandria Wesleyan Holiness

Address: Bessie Baker, Hanover

Pastor: Rev. Dr. Lorrel Garwood

Contact: 876-990-5498


Schedule of Services

Sundays: Divine Worship Service: 11:00am

Tuesdays: Prayer Meeting/Bible Study – 6:00pm-7:30pm


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Baulk Wesleyan Holiness

Address: Baulk, Westmoreland

Contact: 876-565-5872

Pastors: Rev. Jerome Chisholm & Rev. Casseil Chisholm


Schedule of Services

Sundays: Sunday School 9:30am

Sundays: Divine Worship Service: 11:00am

Wednesdays: Prayer Meeting & Bible Study -  5:30pm

Thursdays: Wesleyan Women & Men Meeting - 6:00pm


Sundays: Wesleyan Children Meeting - 5:00 pm

Wesleyan Youth Meeting – Time varies.


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Big Bridge Wesleyan Holiness

Address: Big Bridge, Westmoreland

Contact: 876-370-0942

Pastors: Rev. Feona Vassell-Kerr


Service and Meeting  Time & Day 
Sunday School  8:30am – 9:30am 
Divine Worship  9:30am – 11:30am 
Bible Study  7:00pm – Sundays (online) 
Prayer Meeting  7:00pm – Wednesdays (online) 
Fasting Service  10:00am – Wednesdays 
Wesleyan Men  7:00pm – Every 3rd Saturday of each month 
Wesleyan Women  6:30pm – Every 4th Thursday of each month 
Youth Fellowship  5:30pm – Fridays 
Wesleyan Children for Mission  5:00pm – Fridays 
Candidates Class  5:00pm – Mondays 

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