WESLEX – Wesley United Methodist Church is a faith community connected to The United Methodist Church. You can find out more about the United Methodist Church at www.umc.org. We are deeply committed to the Christian faith, our Methodist heritage, and our unique African American experience. We mix modern style with traditional practices. We are Christ-centered and Community Connected – Unashamedly Black and Unapologetically Christian!
Our Vision & MissionOur vision is to disciple, sponsor, and multiply multiethnic, urban Christian faith communities and ministries from Central Kentucky!
Our mission is to:
INVITE you to share Christ’s love
INSPIRE you with meaningful worship
INCLUDE you in a caring community
INSTRUCT you as a disciple of Christ
and, INVOLVE you in significant service!
… in one God, who created the world and all that is in it.
… that God is sovereign; that is, God is the ruler of the universe.
… that God is loving. We can experience God’s love and grace.
… that Jesus was human. He lived as a man and died when he was crucified.
… that Jesus is divine. He is the Son of God.
… that God raised Jesus from the dead and that the risen Christ lives today.
… that Jesus is our Savior. In Christ we receive abundant life and forgiveness of sins.
… that Jesus is our Lord and that we are called to pattern our lives after his.
… that the Holy Spirit is God with us.
… that the Holy Spirit comforts us when we are in need and convicts us when we stray from God.
… that the Holy Spirit awakens us to God’s will and empowers us to live obediently.
… that God created human beings in God’s image.
… that humans can choose to accept or reject a relationship with God.
… that all humans need to be in relationship with God in order to be fully human.
… that the church is the body of Christ, an extension of Christ’s life and ministry in the world today.
… that the mission of the church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ.
… that the church is “the communion of saints,” a community made up of all past, present, and future disciples of Christ.
… that the church is called to worship God and to support those who participate in its life as they grow in faith.
… that the Bible is God’s Word.
… that the Bible is the primary authority for our faith and practice.
… that Christians need to know and study the Old Testament and the New Testament (the Hebrew Scriptures and the Christian Scriptures).
… that the kingdom or reign of God is both a present reality and future hope.
… that wherever God’s will is done, the kingdom or reign of God is present. It was present in Jesus’ ministry, and it is also present in our world whenever persons and communities experience reconciliation, restoration, and healing.
… that the fulfillment of God’s kingdom–the complete restoration of creation--is still to come.
… that the church is called to be both witness to the vision of what God’s kingdom will be like and a participant in helping to bring it to completion.
… that the reign of God is both personal and social. Personally, we display the kingdom of God as our hearts and minds are transformed and we become more Christ-like. Socially, God’s vision for the kingdom includes the restoration and transformation of all of creation.
Preaching, pastoring, discipleship, and servant ministry is a life calling for the Reverend D. Anthony Everett. He is an ordained Elder with the Kentucky Conference of the United Methodist Church and Lead Pastor for Wesley United Methodist Church. Reverend Everett serves as an adjunct lecturer of religion at Spalding University. He has a passion for human rights and issues of social justice in urban communities.
Reverend Everett earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management from Paul Quinn College, magna cum laude, and his Master of Divinity degree with Urban Ministry Certification from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University where he serves as a member of the executive board. He also serves on the board of the Kentucky Council of Churches, the National Racial Justice Commission for Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Nia Urban Ministries Inc., and was appointed by the governor as an at-large Commissioner for the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights.
Born in Washington, D.C., Reverend Everett is married to Dr. Angelique Clay Everett, an internationally acclaimed soprano soloist for the American Spiritual Ensemble and Associate Professor of Voice at the University of Kentucky School of Music. They reside in Lexington, Kentucky as an empty nest blended family with four adult children – Akilah, Kwame, Tarik, and Jasmine.
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LeTicia Preacely, Assistant Pastor –
LeTicia is honored to be a part of the ministerial staff at WesLex and serve in various capacities along with her dynamic and gifted husband, Michael. LeTicia earned her Bachelors of Arts in Religion and Jewish Studies from Oberlin College and earned her M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary. Although LeTicia has served in a number of positions in church administration and non-profit management, she understands herself as a servant first. It is LeTicia’s heart to see people live in the fullness of God’s liberation, transformation and spiritual formation.
Throughout her various positions, LeTicia has worked with a large segment of the marginalized population in partnership with other ministries and social service organizations to provide hot meals for adults and children, supplemental food bags, access to social work, benevolence assistance, and advocacy work for the past several years. In doing this work, LeTicia became frustrated with the prevailing gap between the disadvantaged members of the community in comparison to the large number of high impact social service organizations present. Because of this experience and the weight of so many people’s stories, LeTicia recently founded Root 12, Inc., a non-profit organization which exists to serve the underprivileged and marginalized of society to discover their purpose, increase self-sustainability, gainful employment, and stable housing through life coaching, mentoring, spiritual guidance, partnerships, and community engagement.
LeTicia is blessed to be married to the love of her life and best friend, Michael, and they have two amazing sons, Joshua and Benjamin.
Wayne D. Lewis, Assistant Pastor
Wayne D. Lewis is a teacher, speaker, preacher, and scholar. He currently serves Wesley as an assistant pastor leading the Discipleship Department. He is a native of New Orleans, LA and currently resides in Versailles, KY with his wife Monica and daughter Whitley.
Away from Wesley, Wayne is a faculty member in the College of Education at the University of Kentucky where he serves as educational leadership doctoral programs chair in the Department of Educational Leadership Studies. His teaching, research, and writing are in education politics and policy, organizational leadership, diversity in education organizations, and Black education.
Before coming to higher education, Wayne worked as a middle school and high school special education teacher in public schools in Louisiana and North Carolina. His educational preparation includes a bachelor’s degree from Loyola University New Orleans, a master’s degree in Urban Studies from The University of Akron, and a PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from North Carolina State University.
Jonna Carter, Business Administrator
A Christian employee who embraces diligence and conscientiousness with core beliefs of honesty, faithfulness, duty and integrity, Jonna L. Carter has been on staff at Wesley UMC as the Church Business Administrator since January 2007. As our C.B.A., she works closely with the Pastor, Administrative Council, Worship Committee, Trustees, and Finance/Stewardship Team, where her responsibilities center on finance, payroll, facility usage scheduling and oversight, office management, and day-to-day church operations. In addition to those duties, she currently attends Bible studies, teaches the weekly Youth Sunday school class and volunteers to serve wherever she sees a need.
A life-long enthusiast for learning, Jonna earned undergraduate degrees from Eastern Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky in the areas of fashion/textile merchandising, business administration, medical assisting/lab technology and middle school education. She has also participated and led several additional courses and workshops on other subjects of interest, including the UMC Servant Leadership Academy, WFX Conferences, and Leadership Lexington.
Before coming to Wesley, Jonna held several positions in both the church and society where her professional, interpersonal, administrative, teaching, development and leadership skills were highly developed. In addition to having been a middle school teacher, payroll coordinator, bookkeeper, documentation/grants manager, adult education teacher, law school librarian, tutor, mentor, and substitute teacher, she has always been actively engaged in churches and other faith-based organizations. She has significant background with many aspects of ministry—youth, children, young-adult education, administration, lay-speaking, mission trips, discipleship, church planting, stewardship, evangelism, prayer teams, conferencing, and more. She currently serves on the Kentucky State University Wesley Foundation Board of Directors, is a Board Member of Adopt! Inc., and also represents the Wesley Justice Ministry Network as a Board Member of Building a United Lexington through Direct Action (B.U.I.L.D.).
A native of Germantown, KY, Jonna and her husband, James, have been servant leaders together in a number of churches across the country, including helping to launch a new church start in Norman, Oklahoma where the church used their home for the worship site until a building was procured. They are also the proud parents of two young-adult daughters, Evelyn and Sara.
After several years of delightful experiences, although she was earning her Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration degree from the University of Louisville to begin a new journey, Jonna now knows that the Lord was actually preparing her to serve Him and His people during this season in her life. Indeed, perceiving her position as Business Administrator at Wesley as a ministry (rather than a job), Jonna counts it all joy and delights in the Lord by serving with His people!
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Opportunities for Prayer, Worship, & Discipleship
SUNDAY8:15 a.m. & 11 a.m. Wesley Worship Experiences
9:45 a.m. Sunday School (all ages)
10:45 a.m. Wesley Kidz Worship
6:00 p.m. Prayer Meeting
6:00 p.m. Covenant Keepers Community Group
4th Thurs. @ 11:00 a.m. Senior Adult Outings
OFFICE HOURS Monday - Friday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Wesley United Methodist Church HistoryWesley United Methodist Church, Lexington, Kentucky, has a proud history with some of the printed records showing roots tracing back to as early as 1779. Wesley’s growth emanated from the first Methodist Society in Lexington. Other names for the early church include the Coloured Charge, Old Branch Church, Old Mill Church and Asbury.
In 1789 the first Methodist station in Kentucky was started with forty-seven White members and thirty Black members. Formed from the nucleus of those thirty Blacks, Asbury was organized in 1837. The first permanent house of worship was built around 1850—The Old Branch Church, located on Branch Street between Limestone and Walnut Street.Gunn Tabernacle Methodist Church grew out of the “Old Branch Church.” After the Old Branch Church building was no longer usable, the members continued to worship in an old flour mill on Walnut Street which had the name the Old Mill Church. When the Old Mill Church had more members than the building could accommodate, a request made at Conference to divide the membership. Thus, a group moved their membership to the east-end section of town called Gunntown. Winn Gunn, a local white Methodist preacher, gave the congregation property on Deweese Street Continued at Wade and Locke Street. Church records indicate that Mr. Gunn personally helped to put the edifice up and “Gunn never ceased to be thankful to this generous man who helped our spiritual leaders to put the kingdom of God in action among our people.”
The Gunn Tabernacle congregation remained at that location until the 1963 merger with the Asbury congregation. The two congregations bought a building at 530 Walnut Street and chose the name Wesley United Methodist Church. In the late 1980’s, plans were made which ultimately led to purchasing our present site at 1825 Russell Cave Road. In June 1990, Wesley moved into the building we are currently occupying.
The current congregation of Wesley United Methodist Church is a well-blended combination of other congregations as well. For instance, when the Haven United Methodist Church (Cadentown) officially closed in 1997, most of the membership united with Wesley United Methodist Church. The Cleveland (Riverhill) Methodist Church, was located in Madison County, just south of the Kentucky River on US 25. When it was officially closed in July 2001, most of the membership merged with Wesley UMC. When the Brick-By-Brick United Methodist Church was dissolved, many of its members also joined Wesley. Most recently, the dissolution of the Nia Community of Faith has led to an additional number of new members joining our Wesley church family. Together we have grown into the Wesley United Methodist Church who… “INVITES you to share Christ’s love…INSPIRES you through meaningful worship…INCLUDES you in a caring community…INSTRUCTS you as a disciple of Christ….and INVOLVES you in significant service.”
Throughout the many years of our fruitful existence, Wesley and its earlier congregations have been blessed with many impressive leaders. The following is a list of the pastors who have served Wesley since 1963: Rev. I. R. Sumner (1963-1967); Rev. Raymon E. White (1967); Rev. George D. Walker (1967); Rev. Glenn L. Lyles (1968-1971); Rev. Robbie Dix, Jr. (1971-1976); Rev. George L. Russell (1976-1984); Rev. Austin V. Ray (1984-1991); Rev. Edgar A. Brady (1991-2000); Rev. Dr. Kenneth W. Cummings, Sr. (2000-2004); Rev. Edgar S. Goins, Sr. (2004-2014); Rev. D. Anthony Everett (2014- current).