Our Mission

“To support our churches and foster partnerships in carrying out the Great Commission.”

Matthew 28:18-20


Urban Advocacy Update

Thanks to the outpouring of love and support for asylum seekers coming to Buffalo and to Vive (the asylee shelter), the current material needs have been met! We are grateful! For now, no more Go Bags, Personal Care bags or clothing donations are needed.    There are...

Urban Advocacy Update – Rapid Response Needed

Jericho Road Community Health Center is asking for a rapid response to help welcome families seeking asylum in Buffalo People fleeing imminent danger and persecution are seeking safety in the US. They are here legally under US and international law. Men, women, and...

Urban Advocacy Update – January 2023

Thank you for your empathy expressed for the people of Buffalo in recent days. On December 23rd and 24th a “bomb cyclone” blizzard paralyzed the city and left us unable to drive from home until December 28th, when our street was cleared by a City of Buffalo front-end...

Refresh Retreat and Family Camp 2023

REFRESH Retreat and Family Camp 2023 July 30 to August 4, 2023 More details will be posted HERE

Ordination Service 2022

Rev. Trevor KaufmanRev. Joshua MasonRev. Joshua RutherfordRev. Andrew Sherman

Urban Advocacy Update – June 2022

Joyful Graduation On May 14 Houghton College commencement speaker Gabriel Salguero (pictured with Dean Julian Cook) had the audience of the Houghton College Class of 2022 Graduation singing with joy, laughing with abandon, and imagining with wonder what the future...

Haiti Canaan Project Update

Here is an Update on the District Canaan Village Project In Haiti.  There are many places in the world in desperate need. Haiti is top of the list. Over the last several year the WNY Wesleyan District Project in Canaan Haiti has barely been able to survive all the...

Pastor of the Year

Congratulations to Pastor Barbara Farrow who was presented with the Claude A. Ries Pastor of the Year Award from Houghton College. Dr. Wayne Lewis, president of Houghton College, surprised her with this award on Sunday evening, August 9 at the district ordination...

Open Letter from Wayne Schmidt


A Wesleyan View of Racial Reconciliation


WesLife Interview with the Strands about COVID-19


Paul Markell

Reverend Paul F. Markell, 92, while in the care of the Buffalo Hospice Center, stepped into the presence of Jesus on April 15, 2020.  He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and faithful friend. Paul was born on October 15, 1927 in Olean, NY,...

Partnership with ChurchOnWordPress

Church on WordPress is offering churches and ministries the opportunity have a custom designed website, built on a great content management system called Wordpress. They are a Christian organization looking to serve the Lord with their gifts. There is no initial cost...

Our Core Values

Depending On God
Recognizing our dependence on the Holy Spirit, the work of the District is done in a context of prayer and centered on biblical truth, We believe Christ’s kingdom principles provide the necessary framework for both individual and corporate alignment to God’s purposes.
Developing Healthy Leaders
The foundation of vibrant churches is a growing cadre of servant leaders. Priority is given to training, credentialing and coaching pastors and developing lay leaders.
Building Healthy Churches
The local church is central to being Christ’s presence in the world. We will resource and empower our churches to be that presence in their community.
Working Together
United by our shared commitment to Christ’s kingdom, the District encourages cooperation and partnership among churches and ministries.
Stimulating Missional Multiplication
Christ’s commission involves the expansion and creation of churches to effectively reach all people groups and make disciples. A clear focus on biblical mandates includes both relevant proclamation and redemptive demonstration of God’s Grace.


There is a movement of God among the district to promote awareness of the issue of human trafficking in our region and in our world.

Sponsored by the Western New York District of the Wesleyan Church, Refresh is an affordable vacation for families or individuals.

Since Buffalo is growing ever more diverse, and the church is called to be life-giving in urban centers, the WNY District is placing an urban advocacy team in the city