Our Congregation is a part of the United Church of Canada, a progressive denomination of the Christian faith.
Who We Are
The congregation is the community of people who gather together at Wesley. The Congregation is served by our Intentional Interim Minister, Christina Paradela, who is paid by the congregation and provides leadership, education, and worship. Wesley's other staff includes our Music Coordinator/Choir Director, Youth Coordinators, Office Administrator, and Caretaker.
While the minister and staff have special roles in the life of our congregation, the members and volunteers are responsible for “running” the church.
What We Believe
- we value the presence of God in our midst as we worship and grow together;
- we value God’s leading through the Holy Spirit, striving to discover our purpose;
- we value inclusive fellowship, open doors, hearts and open minds;
- we value you and what you bring to this fellowship;
- we value compassion expressed to one another and to the community.
Our Minister: Christina Paradela
Christina was commissioned into the order of ministry in the United Church of Canada in 2000. She studied through the Centre for Christian Studies, the training centre for the Diakonia within the UCC,(as well as other denominations) beginning in Toronto and subsequently, completing her studies in Winnipeg after the centre’s move. She has served five communities of faith within the bounds of, what used to be, Hamilton Presbytery; St. Paul’s in Dundas, Trinity in Grimsby, Rock Chapel in Flamborough, St Mark’s in Dundas, and Lynden in Lynden.
Most recently, she also served as chaplain at Alexander Place Long Term Care facility in Waterdown. She has served as President of Hamilton Conference, during which time she co-led an exposure trip to Palestine, a place that is near to her heart. She resides in downtown Hamilton surrounded by a group of wonderful friends and her daughter continues to be her number one priority though she has long left home and lives happily with her partner nearby. She completed her training for Intentional Interim Ministry in 2019 and looks forward to living into this ministry at Wesley United.
If you regularly attend Wesley United Church we consider you a part of our congregation and a part of our church family. If you have come to feel that Wesley is your home, you may wish to consider “formally joining” our congregation as a full member.
Church membership is a covenant between the congregation and an individual. The individual promises to be a part of the life and work of the church and the congregation promises to support the individual in his/her quest to follow Christ.
Normally, those who wish to enter into membership in this congregation do so through, baptism, confirmation, profession or reaffirmation of faith, or by transfer from another Christian church or another United Church congregation. If you would like to know more about how you may formally join our membership, please contact one of our ministers.
For more information about the United Church of Canada, please visit www.united-church.ca