Hayward Wesleyan Church History

Hayward Wesleyan Church has a history dating back to a tent meeting in 1924. In 1925, the church organized with eleven charter members. Their first building was located on 5th St. & Minnesota Ave. in Hayward. After experiencing tremendous growth in the early 1990’s, the congregation built and moved into their current facility on the corner of Hwy 77 & Nyman Avenue in 1996.

History of The Wesleyan Church

The Wesleyan Church is an evangelical, Protestant, holiness denomination with a rich heritage based on the teachings of John Wesley.

John Wesley was a priest in the Church of England in the 1700’s and founder of the Methodist movement. Wesley added to the Armenian teachings on the assurance of salvation believers can enjoy through the inner “witness of the spirit”.

In 1784, the Methodist Episcopal Church was organized in America; however, in 1843 a group of pastors and churches left that denomination because of strong anti-slavery convictions and their preference for a more democratic form of church government. This group became The Wesleyan Methodist Church in America.

In 1968 The Wesleyan Church was created when The Wesleyan Methodist Church in American and the Pilgrim Holiness Church united in order to serve Christ more effectively together.

Early leaders of The Wesleyan church were involved in the first ordination of women in 1843. The denomination was also the first to adopt a formal statement of faith in “entire sanctification”, God’s work of making believers pure in heart, holy in character, and empowered with the Spirit of Jesus for witness and service.

Headquarters for The Wesleyan Church is located in Indianapolis, Indiana. There are more than 3,000 local churches in 30 countries. Five colleges and universities are supported by the Wesleyan denomination in the United States and Canada.


HWC Information

PO Box 507
10655 Nyman Ave
Hayward, WI 54843

ph: (715) 634-4613
fax: (715) 634-7823

HWC Service Times

  • 8:00-8:45 a.m. MorningSong
  • 9:00 and 10:30am Services, nursery available
  • Youth & Children Ministry during the 10:30am service ONLY