About

Wesley is a caring community – a place of prayer and worship for people of all backgrounds, with a remarkable diversity of ethnicities and origins that we treasure and celebrate. We believe in God’s love and share it here, caring deeply for one another and finding here the support and compassion that moves us forward.

Wesley is an active place – taking seriously the basic Methodist notion that the love we receive is the love we must share in the world. We do that by offering nearly $30,000 in national and local mission and support of people in ministry; in Mission Partnership with six area agencies ranging from a Providence health clinic to a Central Falls Charter School, from a Woonsocket community garden to a Lincoln anti-bullying program, from Habitat of Northern RI to UM ARMY, a regional youth services ministry. We supply a local food pantry, offer Christmas gifts to folks in need and share winter clothing around the globe in partnership with Clothes To Go in Mansfield, MA.

Wesley is a United Methodist congregation – believing in a gracious God, Jesus as our Savior and Example, and the Holy Spirit to guide and strengthen us. We believe in “Grace in Action,” in personal experiences of God’s love that translate into service in God’s world.

Wesley is the place for you!

History:

Wesley Church began its ministry in Lincoln in the 1960’s. Three churches (First Methodist, Thomson Methodist, and St. John’s E.U.B. from Pawtucket) discerned God’s guidance as they joined together and moved to our present location. In the 1970’s, Berkley Methodist Church also joined us.  Wesley Church serves persons living in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Staff:

Rev. Beverly Stenmark joined Wesley UMC as its pastor on July 1, 2016.

Beverly Stenmark grew up in Thompson Methodist and then Wesley UMC. It was Wesley Church that sent her into full time pastoral ministry.   She received her MDiv from Andover Newton Theological School in 1993 and was ordained as a Deacon in the United Methodist Church in June 1992.

From 1990 until 1997, she served as the pastor of the Myricks United Methodist Church in Berkley, Massachusetts. After finishing seminary, she also served as Chaplain at United Methodist Elder Care in East Providence.

In 1997, she moved to the North Kingstown United Methodist Church and served there for 11 years until her appointment as District Superintendent of the Mid Maine District in 2008. While in North Kingstown, she was part of the response team for the Station Night Club fire and then also a task force to set up training for pastors to respond to community disasters. She also administered and worked on an interfaith grant related to domestic violence to provide awareness and training for churches and pastors.

For the past 8 years, Beverly has served as the District Superintendent in Mid Maine, working with 69 churches of varying sizes and locations. This ministry provided the opportunity to help churches network and share ideas on how they are doing ministry. Additionally, there was the opportunity to study and work on ways that churches are responding to God’s call to be in ministry in a rapidly changing world.

Worship that is experiential and helps people connect with God is important to Beverly as is growing and going deeper in our faith. She considers it a sacred trust to be invited into the places in peoples’ lives where God’s love is needed.

You can reach Beverly at pastor@wesley-umc.org

Jim Russell – Organist & Choir Director
Kristen Charpentier  – Administrative Assistant
Sue Woodmansee – Sexton/Custodian
General Info:  info@wesley-umc.org