Church History

Dundalk Wesleyan Church, as with all Christian churches, can trace its beginnings back to one man, Jesus Christ, God’s one and only begotten Son who formed the nucleus of the church approximately two thousand years ago.  Upon completing his mission here on earth and before ascending to heaven Jesus gave what is called the Great Commission to the first followers of this new found faith.  At that time, he said to his disciples, 18…All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18b-20)  Since that day followers of Christ have been sharing the Gospel message and have been welcoming new believers into the church one person at a time.

 

Hundreds of years after Jesus gave the Great Commission, in the 1700’s under the leadership of Rev. John Wesley, who was an ordained minister within the Church of England, a new movement within the Christian faith called Methodism took root and eventually it found its way to North America.  Though it originally wasn’t intended to form a new denomination this movement continued to grow and eventually it solidified and became an established denomination.  This new denomination, called The Methodist Church, experienced its share of  growth and challenges, some of these challenges resulted in groups splitting from the main denomination over such issues as the church's response to slavery.

 

Two of these groups, which established church denominations in themselves, were called The Wesleyan Methodist Church and The Pilgram Holiness Church.  In 1968 after years of work these two denominations merged to form The Wesleyan Church.

 

Dundalk Wesleyan Church’s roots are found within The Pilgram Holiness denomination which ran a Bible College in Proton Station.  It was there at the college that tent meetings were held and the nucleus of the church was formed.  The church was officially organized in 1925 and at that time the church was called the Proton Pilgrim Holiness Church.  The congregation met in the chapel of the Bible College with Rev. H.B. Jackson as its founding pastor.  Over the years its congregation fluctuated due to the influx of students from the college.  Then In 1941, the church, under the leadership of Rev. Frank Hobbs, purchased and moved into a vacated church building in Proton Station that was once owned by the Anglican Church.  In 1968, after receiving funds from the district through the sale of property in Durham plans were made to build a new building and to relocate the church to Dundalk.  This new building, located at 360 Main Street West, would serve as both the church and parsonage.  Through hard work and with the leadership of Rev. Charles Jackson the new building was completed and dedicated in June of 1971.  In 1989, Richie Scott, Paul Stewart and Don Jack purchased land on the south-west corner of Ida and Main Street in Dundalk believing that the land had the potential to provide space for a new and larger church building.  In 1994, under the pastoral leadership of Rev. Alan Vardy, the congregation unanimously agreed to build a new church building on the land that was previously purchased.  The church’s new building was dedicated in June 1995.  With sacrificial giving and hundreds of volunteer hours this new building was built without a mortgage.  Then in 2003 as its ministry efforts grew the church built an addition to its facilities.

 

The people of the church continue to worship together and share God’s love with our community and beyond.  It is with a deep sense of gratitude to both God and to those who have come before us that we give thanks to God for the rich history of this wonderful church and the impact it has made in the lives of all those who have been touched by the ministry of this church.  To God be all the glory!