Membership and Baptism

Membership and Baptism


At the Houghton Wesleyan Church, we believe that membership is a significant step. While there are some positions of leadership that are limited to members (as opposed to regular attendees), for us, the primary reason for membership is relationship and belonging. Membership is a step in which we align ourselves with each other through ministry, discipleship, witness and commitment. Membership is not a sign of perfection, but a step of commitment in which we share life and faith together in Christ.  

In membership, we acknowledge that one of the most profound metaphors for the church is a hospital. A hospital is for people who are ill and in need of others; the church is a place for people who are spiritually ill and acknowledge our need for each other. Jesus declares that he comes for those who are willing to admit that they are ill, not for those who think they are healthy. (Luke 5:27-32). We acknowledge that all of us live in continual need of Jesus, the Great Physician and that Jesus most often uses the church as the channel through which he works his healing grace.

The pastors offer membership classes at various times throughout the year. If you are interested in knowing more about being a member of the Houghton Wesleyan Church, contact Pastor Wes Oden.


We believe that baptism is integral to the spiritual journey of Christ’s followers. We do not believe that baptism magically makes one right with God; we do believe, however, that baptism is a powerful experience for Christians. We practice baptism because Jesus is baptized, because Jesus includes baptism as part of the mission as he sends out the disciples, and because the early church and the church through the centuries practices this sacrament.

The pastors offer baptism classes periodically. If you are interested in being baptized, contact Pastor Wes Oden.