Hanover Wesleyan

It's not about church. It's about relationships.

Currently meeting in the Hickory Falls Ballroom

110 Hickory Lane, Hanover PA, 17331

717 451 6349

ABOUT
HANOVER WESLEYAN CHURCH

Getting To Know Us

We think of ourselves as family. No matter where you are on your journey, you are welcome here. We encourage each other, we support each other, we grieve together, we do life together, as we all seek to draw closer to Jesus and be transformed.

The Journey We Are On

In 2003 two churches came together and formed one new body, Hanover Wesleyan Church. From that  very beginning we felt called to reach out to our community and to create a great space for the people of Hanover, especially the children, to come to know Jesus. This was going to require change. We just didn't know how much yet.


Eventually, it became clear that our original building on South Street wasn't where we were supposed to stay. Following the leading of the Spirit we sold our church home.  We moved into the building at our church campground, Oak Side, for what we thought was going to be a short stay until we could sell that too and begin construction on our new building.


That short stay turned into almost 7 years. It would be untruthful to say that many of us weren't concerned or didn't question if we were really following the where the Spirit was leading. Were the early signs and answered prayers just coincidences? We couldn't see how God was really shaping us.


Over time it became clear that something was happening. It was happening in individual lives and it was happening to us as a whole. If you ask the folks that were newcomers to our church at the time, you will probably get the same answers about their first impression; it was an incredible sense of welcoming, love, and family. Church started becoming less about church and more about being  the body of Christ, together. People were seeking and finding a real relationship with the God who formed them. Sometimes this was difficult. But it was real, authentic, and powerful, and we as a church, were changed.


The desire to care for the things Jesus cared about began to show itself in other ways as little acts of obedience turned into bigger things. We started new ministries like our AWANA program  and started a Wednseday night service in an effort to reach, support, and grow people in their spiritual journey. We became more focused and involved in the mission of Christ outside of our church community. What started as a few ladies obediently offering $25 a month toward global missions has turned in to our church's connection to and support of 3 missionary families abroad. We volunteer with and are connected to God's Meal Barrel and New Hope Ministries locally and have engaged in other short term working trips in the US . The little church that could barely pay its own bills less than a decade ago, is now seeking to find more missionary families to support and striving to find more ways to bless and aid the people of our community.


The story doesn't end there either.  We did sell our campground building and we are still working on that new building. We are temporarily holding service at Hickory Falls and we are still trusting in our Father's goodness. But we know through experience that this isn't really about a building. It's about learning to live in the light of a relationship that will last for eternity ... and the result: the lost are given purpose, the broken spirited are renewed, bad men are made good, lives are irrevocably changed, marriages are saved, families are united, lifelong wounds are healed, the rejected is welcomed, the life of the terminally ill is preserved, cancer is beaten, depression overcome, the grieving are comforted, addictions broken, the Spirit is present, our Father the Lord of All Creation draws near, and Jesus Christ our lord and redeemer is glorified! and yes, it's really like that.


OUR

VISION

Is to be a community of faith growing in our relationship with Jesus so that we might serve our world, our community and one another as He did. Our worship is celebratory, our teaching is rooted in the timeless truths of Christ, and our passion is to care for others.

OUR

MISSION

Our mission is to reach our community with the Gospel of Jesus Christ; to connect each believer to the body of Christ; to help them grow to spiritual maturity; and to equip them for a life of ministry, in order to glorify God.

OUR

VALUES

We proclaim a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as our message.

We accept the Word  of God (The Bible) as our authoritative source of truth.

We believe Christ-likeness is produced by the Holy Spirit as we personally apply God's Word.

We seek to develop a culturally relevant and focused ministry.

We focus our ministry upon accepting and loving people.

We devote ourselves to prayer.

OUR STAFF

AT HANOVER WESLEYAN CHURCH

Pastor Jerry Beers

Pastor Jerry Beers has served the Hanover Wesleyan Church since 2004. He and Julie have four adult children (all active in the life of the Church) and three grandchildren. They have shared thirty years of ministry in Phoenix, Seattle, and Pennsylvania. Jerry enjoys preaching, teaching, mentoring and walking with people on the journey of personal healing. He is currently in the dissertation phase of a Doctorate in Formational Counseling with an emphasis on caring for children and families living with neurological disorders. 

WHAT IS WESLEYAN?

The Wesleyan Church is a holiness Protestant Christian denomination that grew out of Methodism, separating itself as a denomination in the mid 19th century. The split was due largely to the Wesleyan opposition to slavery. In addition to a strong anti-slavery stance, the early denominaton distinguished itself in its support for women's sufferage.


From these roots we have grown. Today the Wesleyan Church is a world wide movement proclaiming Christ and coming along side the poor, the opressed, and the disenfranchised.


Foundational to our beliefs is a personal realtionship with Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. We believe God wills for people everywhere to know Him and be made new in Christ.


"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. " Jeremiah 29:11