The Church Leaders
Since 2006, Pastor Tim Clark has been leading Bethel Weslyan Church, by example. We are grateful for his wife, Jan and two daughters, Maci and Molli. They have been a welcomed addition to the church family and surrounding community.
director of music
Steve Carson is the newest member of the Bethel Wesleyan Staff as Director of Music. He has been a welcomed addition to our morning worship by leading the choir and congregation each Sunday. Steve has brought many special guest performers to the church. We have been blessed to add Steve and his wife Mary to our church family.
Members through the Years
Jimmie Gail Duncan
and Douglas Shipman
The 1st couple married in the
Photo by Wilbur Groce, Pastor
Bethel Wesleyan Church was established on November 22, 1922 under the leadership of Rev. E.W. Black. The church began with eight charter members: Willie Capps, Ella Capps, Vanena Capps Kilpatrick, Mr. & Mrs. S.M. McCall, Volley Corn, Katie Duncan Corn and Mrs. M.M. Duncan.
We thank God for the leadership, prayers and giving of faithful church members, pastors and friends of Bethel Wesleyan Church that have made it possible for the church to become what it is today!
Copied from the Bethel Wesleyan Church from 1969 Directory
A Brief History of Bethel Wesleyan Methodist Church
The church was organized because its charter members after much prayer and fasting, believed it was God's will for there to be a Wesleyan Methodist Church in the community. This prayerful interest was brought forth by a revival meeting conducted by Rev. H.P. Rich in the Tracy Grove Community Church now know as the Tracy Grove Baptist Church. Thus, from the beginning, the church's foundation and continuing progress has been inseparable linked with prayer and revival.
Rev. E. W. black, then pastor of the Asheville Wesleyan Methodist Church, officially organized the group as a Wesleyan Methodist Church of the North Carolina Conference, on November 22, 1922. The were with charter members: Willie Capps, Mrs. Ella Capps, Mrs Vanena Capps Kilpatrick, S.M. McCall, Mrs. S. M. McCally, Colley Corn, Mrs. Katie Corn and M. M. Duncan. In 1923 two more members were added, Mrs. Fair Stepp McCall, and Mrs. Carrie Duncan Pace. Only two of the charter members. Mrs. Canena Capps Kilpatrick and Mrs. Katie Corn, remain today to bless the church with their spiritual lives along with Mrs. Carrie Duncan pace and Mrs Fair Stepp McCall.
The church worshipped with another group in the Tracy Grove Union Church until it was thought best to separate. On Feb 21, 1926, the congregation began worshipping in the community school house, the present parsonage building, while looking for land to construct a church. James Adger Smith donated the original church lot, the area upon which the original church structure stands today. After much prayer and sacrifice by the small congregation and friends of the church, a frame building was constructed at qpp4osimq53 dow5 or 4,000.00
• In 2021, under the direction of Pastor Clark, the sanctuary was updated with same level restroom and upgraded sound room and equipment.
Upon completion of the sanctuary renovation, construction was begun on the new Family Life Center which was dedicated to Brisco and Jeanette Anders in December, 1999.
Moultrie H. Smythe donated land for a new sanctuary in 1957, which was built when Rev. Wilbur Groce was pastor.
In March 2020, services started streaming live on YouTube.
In 1997, under the direction of Rev. Tom Smith, the church sanctuary was updated including an addition of a choir loft and enlarging the stage and pulpit area.
Under the leadership of Pastor L.A. Harvey, the parsonage was renovated and Sunday School classrooms were added to the original building.
• In 2019, Bethel Wesleyan purchased land behind the Church. This expands the church’s property to over 3 acres and will allow the church to expand in the future..
Rev. Marlin Mull led the construction of a new parsonage in 1970.
The school property consisting of two acres was purchased in 1933.
The Family Life Center was paid off in December of 2008.
In 1964, under direction of Rev. Roy Nanney, the building was brick veneered and the two buildings were connected with a passageway.
The property for the church building was donated in 1926 James Adger Smyth, and a frame building erected.
Family Life Center
Guidelines for FLC Use
We enjoy having the Family Life Center available for the members of the church. interested in reserving the Family Life Center? Fill out the request form to the left.
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