Who are the Wesleyan’s?

The Wesleyan Church is an evangelical, Protestant denomination. We offer the good news that faith in Jesus Christ makes possible a wonderful personal relationship with God, a holy life empowered by His Holy Spirit for witness and service, and assurance of eternal life in heaven. Our ministries emphasize practical Bible teaching, uplifting worship, and special programs to meet a variety of life needs.With World Headquarters in Fishers, Indiana, The Wesleyan Church has nearly 400,000 constituents in 5,000 churches and missions in 80 countries of the world. Formed in 1968 resulting from the mergers of several like-minded groups, dating back as far as 1843, The Wesleyan Church has its roots in John Wesley’s Methodism.

Our Core Values & Beliefs

Wesleyan’s believe in one God, who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and the Savior of all men and women who put their faith in Him alone for eternal life. We believe that those who receive new life in Christ are called to be holy in character and conduct, and can only live this way by being filled with the Lord’s Spirit. We believe in the Bible and seek to establish our faith and actions on its teaching. We believe God wills for people everywhere to know Him and that the purpose of the Church is to tell the world about Christ through its worship, witness, and loving deeds.


The following are terms descriptive of who Wesleyan’s are and why they do what they do. They describe the “soul of the Church”:

BIBLICAL AUTHORITY: The Bible is the highest source of written authority for God’s plan for His people; it reveals how to live out that plan, individually and corporately. Beliefs, practices, priorities are to be anchored in clear biblical teachings.

CHRISTLIKENESS: Jesus Christ is the defining feature of God’s will for all humankind. In Christ is found the highest and most practical meaning and clearest example for holy living or godliness. Christ is both example and strength as Wesleyan’s pursue integrity, excellence, faith, hope, and love.

DISCIPLE-MAKING: Making disciples is a clear mandate from Christ. This requires a strong focus on evangelism and training in spiritual growth and holy living. Done effectively, this will produce and promote growth and health in and among the churches.

LOCAL CHURCH CENTERED: The denomination exists to serve local congregations. Local churches are the most fundamental and strategic points of evangelism and discipleship. The challenge of the denomination is to keep finding the best ways to serve and strengthen congregations.

SERVANT LEADERSHIP: Wesleyan’s respect leadership that is placed over them, while realizing that the authority and effectiveness of spiritual leadership is not primarily bestowed, but earned and manifested by a loving and willing heart of obedience that serves God and mankind gladly. Wesleyan’s desire to be leaders in serving.

UNITY IN DIVERSITY: There is intrinsic value in every person. Unity becomes all the more important and beautiful in the light of the wide ranges of difference in personality, culture, race, talents, and perspectives. Loving each other eliminates devaluation and deprivation of life to one another.

Leadership Team:

Reverend Paul Barna,
Senior Pastor

Paul Barna has been the Lead Pastor Since 2003. Prior to this he worked in the semiconductor industry for 12 years until he sensed God’s call to full time ministry. He has a heart to see lives, families, and communities transformed by the power of Christ.
Pastor Matthew Wyman 
Assistant Pastor, Pastor of Discipleship 
A recent graduate of Houghton College where he earned his B.S. in Pastoral Theology and is a licensed minister of the Wesleyan Church. His primary role as Pastor of Discipleship is to create and facilitate Growth Groups as well as other programs of discipleship.
Ben “J.B.” Howe 
Music Leader
Ben has attended Waterford Wesleyan church for 8 years. He has been a member of the Worship Ministry for 6 years and has been leader of the ministry for the past three years. During his time as leader, he has created a team with a wide range of talent in numerous musical genres from contemporary, rock, country, metal and folk. Ben also takes great pride in reviving old hymns and remaking them for a more modern age. Ben as also taken the team outside of the church and perform at events for Albany City Mission, Family Camps, and several parades in Waterford. 

Pam Barna 

Children’s Director

Pam Barna is our Children’s Director since 2003. She has a passion for teaching our children about Jesus in new and creative ways. She’s a mom of five and understands what it takes to raise Christ-centered children in our world today.


 Alec Barna 
Youth Leader, “Focus” 
Alec is our Youth Leader here at Waterford Wesleyan Church.  His goal is to keep teens focused on God’s plan for their lives and help them seek His direction.