Wesleyan Distinctives

Wesleyan Distinctives


Wes Oden

Senior Pastor


Education: B.A., George Fox University, M. Div., Asbury Theological Seminary, D. Min., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Born: Clinton, Indiana
Family: Cindy (wife), John and Heléna, Andrew
Been at HWC Since: 1996
Books/Writers that have influenced me: M. Scott Peck, N.T. Wright, Eugene Peterson, M. Craig Barnes, Haddon Robinson, Dennis Kinlaw
Hobbies: Tennis, Golf, IU Basketball, Reading spy/mystery novels like Vince Flynn and Sherlock Holmes
Favorite Music: Classical, Barry Manilow, Gospel Quartet, Contemporary Christian, Rock and Roll, Oldies and Disco

Paul Shea

Assistant Pastor


Education: B.A. Houghton College; M.Div. Trinity Evangelical Div. Sch.; D. Miss. Trinity Evangelical Div. Sch. Born: Fillmore, NY Previous Ministry: Pastor, Ottawa, IL; Missionary, Sierra Leone; Missions Professor, Houghton College Favorite Authors: John Stott, Lesslie Newbegin, N.T.Wright, C.S.Lewis, Philip Yancey, Andrew Walls. Hobbies: Puttering around house, Golf, Driving, Sports, Reading. Favorite Music: Classical, Jazz, Bluegrass.

Jon Cole

Youth Pastor


Education: BA Houghton College, MA in Youth Ministry Leadership, Huntington University, expected May 2014
Birthplace: Rochester NY
Family: Nancy (wife), Luke and Emma
Been at HWC Since: 2004
Writers that have influenced me: N.T. Wright, Andrew Root, Doug Fields, John Wesley, Soren Kierkegaard, Henri Nouwen
Hobbies: be with my family, early breakfast with a friend, basketball, rental real estate
Favorite Music: Anything, Glad, Andrew Peterson and Men at Work

Cindy Oden

Assistant Pastor


Education: B.A., Asbury College, MAR., Asbury Theological Seminary
Born: Iowa City, Iowa
Family: Wes (husband), John and Heléna, Andrew
Been at HWC since: 1996
Books/Writers that have influenced me: E. Stanley Jones, Alice Matthews, Dennis Kinlaw, Estelle Carver, Anna Mow
Hobbies: Cooking and Reading
Favorite Music: A variety of different kinds

Amanda Cox

Music and Worship Director


Education: BMus., Houghton College, MMus., University of Miami
Born: Edmonton, Alberta
Family: Mike (husband), Evelyn and Grayson
Been at HWC since: 2003
Books/Writers that have influenced me: Philip Yancey, Henri Nouwen
Hobbies: Reading, Being with family, Watching movies, Playing board games
Favorite Music: Meredith Andrews, Laura Story, Taylor Swift, Great Big Sea

Laurie Smalley

Children’s Ministry Director


Born – San Jose, California
Family – Husband Bob, daughter Angela, son and daughter in law – Zac and Erin Smalley – grandson, Peter Scott Smalley
Back at HWC again in 2017; previously here 2004-2011 Volunteer Pastor
Favorite Music – Most contemporary Christian music and anything by Rachmaninoff
Books/Authors – Gordon Fee, Ravi Zacharias, Tim Keller, Andy Stanley
Hobbies playing the harp. hiking, kayaking

Casda Danner

Valley Preschool Director


Education: B.A., Houghton College
Born: Warsaw, NY
Family: Nathan (husband), Clayton, Courtney, Christopher, and Joel
Been at HWC since: 2009
Books/Writers that have influenced me: Ann Voskamp, Beth Moore
Hobbies: Being with family and friends for games and conversation, swimming
Favorite Music: Hymns, Musicals, Classical, some Contemporary Christian, some Popular, Oldies


Patty Stalker

Administrative Assistant


Education: B.A., Houghton College, M.A., The George Washington University
Born: Rochester, NY
Family: Robert (husband), Tracee, Laura and Bill, Sarah and Akash, Jon and Julie, David and LaDona, Arleen and Ron, Paul and Sharon, Suzanne and Kevin, Bill and Erin, Sally and Chris.
Been at HWC since: 1997
Books/Writers that have influenced me: Eugene Peterson, Marva Dawn, Gordon Fee, Tim Keller
Hobbies: Mentoring, Web Design and things digital, Local History, Cognitive Psychology
Favorite Music: Fernando Ortega, Rend Collective Experiment, Steve Bell, Brenton Brown

Steve Pocock

Head Custodian


Education: B.S., Houghton College, M.Div., Asbury Theological Seminary
Born: Bath, NY
Family: Audrey (wife), Stephanie and Brian, Kara and Ian, Michael and Audrey Joy, John Mark and Olivia
Began Working at HWC: 2003
Books/Writers that have influenced me: JRR Tolkein, C.S. Lewis
Hobbies: Hunting, Fishing, Biking


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