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Wesley's History

Wesley Methodist Episcopal Church was officially organized on December 23, 1945, under the leadership of Chaplain Allen L. Johnson, with 10 original members. With humble beginnings, they shared a sanctuary with Phillips Colored Methodist Episcopal Church on Adams & 14th Streets, meeting at 7:00 pm on Sundays and continuing to grow. By February 1946, they required larger quarters & moved into their first home. Their first anniversary was marked with moving into the remodeled building & their second anniversary saw them breaking ground at 18th & Washington Streets. When the Methodist Episcopal Church merged with the Evangelical United Brethren, the church’s official name changed to what is called today Wesley United Methodist Church.

The church moved to its current location at 750 East Southern Avenue in October 1969 & they held a dedication on December 21, 1969.

Wesley's Present

The current site includes a church library, kitchen, fellowship hall, and a space historically used as a child development center. Outreach over the years has included working with UMOM, a women’s sewing circle that makes hygiene tote bags for women in shelters, partnering with Habitat for Humanity, and visiting programs for our sick and homebound. More recently, we have begun revisioning our space. We have used the child development center space as a heat respite center, providing a safe, cool environment for our most vulnerable neighbors during the extreme heat of the summer months in Phoenix. We are transitioning that space into the Wesley Resiliency Center. This is a space where we envision Building and Empowering the South Phoenix Community. Wesley Resiliency Center offers food, laundry, outdoor showers, free clothing, housing and community referrals, and free vaccines to all who walk through our doors. Current partners in this work include the Arizona Faith Network, DocGo.com, and Market on the Move, with more partner connections coming on board over the coming months.

It is an exciting time as we look forward to Wesley’s continued service in the community as we continue to welcome everyone who wishes to worship with us!

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