About the WCA
The Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA) connects Spirit-ﬁlled, orthodox churches, clergy, and laity who hold to Wesleyan theology. It is an association of individuals and congregations who share a common understanding of our Wesleyan doctrine and a desire to become a vibrant, faithful, growing 21st century church.
In light of the widely endorsed Protocol for Reconciliation and Grace through Separation, we believe The United Methodist Church will be the first old mainline Protestant denomination to reach an amicable separation over matters that have divided the church for decades. Although we regret separation, we affirm it’s a necessity for the sake of the greater mission of the church universal.
The Wesleyan Covenant Association is a global connection of local churches, laity, clergy, and regional chapters that seeks to partner with like-minded orthodox Christians to build a new global Methodist church.
Upholding Scriptural Authority and the Lordship of Jesus Christ
The earliest Christian afﬁrmation was “Jesus Christ is Lord” (Acts 2:36). This is the core belief that characterizes all Christians and deﬁnes discipleship. As followers of Jesus, we seek to live together in obedience to Christ’s teachings as found in Holy Scripture (Matthew 28:20). We know Christ authoritatively through the revelation of God’s Word. We believe “all Scripture is God-breathed and is useful … so that [we] may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (II Timothy 3:16).
Our understanding and application of Scripture is informed by 2,000 years of Christian tradition, along with our reason and experience. But God’s Word is “the true rule and guide for faith and practice” (Confession of Faith, Article IV). The Wesleyan Covenant Association aims to ground all of our beliefs and practices in the authority of Scripture and seeks to reestablish our church on this ﬁrm foundation. Living and serving under the Lordship of Jesus Christ and the authority of Scripture, we are moving forward with conﬁdence for the future.
Preparing for a New Global Methodist Church
The Wesleyan Covenant Association looks forward to partnering with like-minded orthodox Christians for a church that joyfully worships the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; that diligently seeks to make disciples of Jesus Christ; and, that daily goes forth to be His faithful ambassadors in the world.
The Wesleyan Covenant Association has gladly joined with like-minded orthodox bishops, advocacy group leaders, and clergy and laity from around the world to create a Transitional Leadership Council that will guide us through a season of transition and into a new global Methodist church. Acting together gives us confidence for the future.
Preparing a Plan for the Future
We are convinced that after the 2021 General Conference a new global Methodist church will come to the fore. However, we cannot wait until 2021 to figure out how orthodox, evangelical United Methodists will move forward together. That is why the Wesleyan Covenant Association is committed to working on plans for a revitalized 21st century global church that can deliberatively and energetically move into the future with confidence. Our plans must uphold the integrity of our belief in the authority of Scripture under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, as well as seek the best framework for a vital, growing church that is sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ around the world. This planning and preparation will give us confidence for the future.
- A global connection of like-minded, orthodox Wesleyan Christians dedicated to building a new global Methodist church
- Regional chapters that unite, inform and encourage local churches during a time of separation and transition
- Multiple media resources that help congregations navigate their way to a new vibrant, healthy and global Methodist church
- A voice and a vote to help shape a new Methodism
- A public listing of orthodox, evangelical Wesleyan congregations to help people ﬁnd a local churches rooted in Scripture
- Global, national, and regional leaders who are dedicated to helping people navigate their way into a new global Methodist Church
- A diverse, international council that guides the association in all its work
- A global legislative assembly that represents orthodox, Wesleyan Christians in preparing for the next Methodism
- Multiple task force groups preparing critical recommendations for a warm hearted, effective, and streamlined general church that is focused on sharing the Gospel and making disciples of Jesus Christ
- A leadership team prepared to speak in local churches and at regional events to keep people informed, energized, and hopeful about our future together
Rev. Matthew Abel
Rev. Dr. Jorge Acevedo
(Ft. Myers, FL)
(The Woodlands, TX)
Rev. Dr. Madeline Carrasco Henners
Rev. Beth Caulfield
(Mt. Royal, NJ)
(Warner Robins, GA)
Rev. Joe DiPaolo
Rev. Dr. Kimba Evariste
(Democratic Republic of Congo)
(Bentonville, AR) – Council Secretary
Elizabeth Santos Fisher
Rev. Dr. Jeff Greenway
(Reynoldsburg, OH) – Council Vice-Chair
Rev. Dr. Duk-Hee Han
(Powder Springs, GA)
Rev. Dr. Bob Kaylor
Rev. Nako Kellum
(Tarpon Springs, FL)
Rev. Dr. Jerry Kulah
Rev. Jessica LaGrone
Rev. Thomas Lambrecht
Rev. Jae Lew
(Granada Hills, CA)
(Evans, GA) – Council Chair
Rev. Dr. Joy Moore
Rev. Dr. Suzanne Nicholson
(Oklahoma City, OK)
Rev. Dr. Jonathan Razon
(Baguio City, The Philippines)
(The Woodlands, TX)
Rev. Dr. Chris Ritter
Rev. Charles Savage II
(Roswell, GA) – Council Treasurer
Theodore J. Smith III
(Los Angeles, CA)
Rev. Stephen Sparks
Dr. David Watson
Statement on Biblical Authority
Given the current challenges directed to the unique place of the Bible in the church, we affirm that the core of the Christian faith is revealed in Scripture as “the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints” (Jude 3; NRSV). We look to the Bible therefore as our authority and trustworthy guide, which “is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16; NRSV). Illuminated by tradition, reason, and experience, the revelation of Scripture is the church’s primary and final authority on all matters of faith and practice.
Statement of Faith
We affirm classical Wesleyan doctrine and the historic faith, which the church has used to define the parameters of Christian teaching. Doctrine, properly understood, unifies the church and gives direction to its life. All congregational, clergy, and lay members of the WCA affirm the following Doctrinal Standards:
- The Nicene Creed (AD 381) –
- The Articles of Religion of the Methodist Church (AD 1808) –
- The Confession of Faith of the Evangelical United Brethren Church (AD 1963) –
- The Standard Sermons of John Wesley –
- The Explanatory Notes Upon the New Testament by John Wesley (1755) –
- The General Rules of The Methodist Church (1868) –
Statement of Moral Principles
Given our current time and context, we highlight and affirm the following moral principles, acknowledging that other moral principles merit our further attention.
Scripture teaches that men and women are of equal value in the eyes of God. Accordingly, the church should treat women and men equally. We believe that both women and men are called to and gifted for ordained and licensed ministry, and both genders are able to hold any role of leadership within the WCA.
We believe that all persons are of sacred worth. Therefore, we gladly welcome all who seek to grow in their relationship with God to attend worship services and participate in the church’s ministries. No person shall be disqualified from becoming a member of a local congregation, holding a leadership position in the church, or becoming an ordained or licensed clergy based on race, color, nationality, national origin, marital status, or economic condition. The WCA specifically renounces all racial and ethnic discrimination and commits itself to work toward full racial and ethnic equality in the church and in society.
Marriage and Sexuality
We believe marriage and sexual intimacy are good gifts from God. In keeping with Christian teaching through the ages and throughout the Church universal, we believe that marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union. We believe that God intends faithfulness in marriage and celibacy in singleness.
We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual or group are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of the WCA.
(Updated, July 1, 2020)
The following sections are quoted from the WCA bylaws.
Purposes. The Wesleyan Covenant Association (“WCA”) is an association of congregations, clergy persons, and laity who desire to cooperate in the mission of the WCA to promote the ministry of the gospel from a Wesleyan theological perspective within The United Methodist Church and kindred bodies. The WCA is organized exclusively for religious purposes. The purposes for which the WCA is formed include, but are not limited to:
- To promote the worship of the Holy Trinity, to preach the pure Word of God, to uphold the rich tradition of sacramental practice, to maintain Christian fellowship, to foster the edification of believers, and to welcome and advance the work of the Kingdom of God on earth.
- To be obedient to our Lord Jesus Christ’s command to “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I [Jesus] have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20).
- To support disciples of Jesus Christ by proclaiming the good news of salvation through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, and by exemplifying Jesus’ command to love God and neighbor, by any suitable method or media, which includes but is not limited to the following:
- Connecting local churches who worship Jesus Christ, by using personal evangelism, television and radio, the Internet, conventions, preaching, teaching, missions and other Christian methods;
- Assisting and furthering the proclamation of Scriptural Christianity through printed and digital material, by providing speakers, mentoring, or coaching, and by other instructional and educational programs which may be deemed necessary or convenient in effecting the above purposes; and
- Establishing new programs of outreach and ministry, and the strengthening and partnering with existing programs and organizations that have a similar purpose and dedication to presenting Christ as Savior and Lord.
- To explore and promote the full ministry of the good and life-giving Holy Spirit throughout the life and work of the church, not least in the entire sanctification of Christian disciples.
- To guide the ministries of the WCA within the boundaries of the statement of faith, using accountability processes for congregations, clergy, and lay members as shall be promulgated by the WCA.
- To engage in spiritual work and services based upon the authority of the Holy Bible.