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WELCOME HOME

We’re so excited you’re here! There’s nothing more important than exploring a connection with God. It’s an exciting and challenging journey, and we’re here to help. Walking into a large church like Central Wesleyan for the first time can be both intimidating and overwhelming. Please send us an email at info@centralwesleyan.org or continue reading for more helpful information on the next steps you can take to get connected here at Central.

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OUR STORY

Central Wesleyan is a place where you can meet new friends, discover your life’s purpose, and learn how to live a life that has a lasting impact. Life isn’t meant to be lived alone...join us this weekend! Central Wesleyan is a very large facility (if you hadn’t noticed already!) so we’ve put all the info you need here including maps of our campus, how to get here, where to park, what our policy is for inclement weather and information about our café, Gathering Grounds.



  • 1866

    In 1866, a layman by the name of Michael Clapper began preaching above a saloon in downtown Holland. The resulting revival would later give birth to Central Wesleyan Church when, on January 13, 1896, seven Holland residents formally organized the Wesleyan Methodist Church.

  • 1975

    After worshipping for 60 years at the corner of 17th Street and Pine, the congregation votes to purchase 20 acres at 40th Street & Ottawa for $70,000

  • 1978

    The first building on the new campus, now our Activities Center, was built in 1978.

  • 1982

    Due to growth, the church adds a second service on Sundays.

  • 1999

    The Central Wesleyan website launches

  • 2010

    Debt from the Worship Center was paid in full

  • 1912

    The Property on the corner of 17th Street and Pine is purchased for $4,500

  • 1977

    In June 1977, Pastor Paul Hontz accepted the call to become the 22nd senior pastor after having served the previous year as youth pastor.

  • 1981

    Pastor Paul Hontz hosts the first missions conference at Central and begins "Fatih Promise Giving" for missions. By 1982, missions giving increases 111% and averages $100 per attender.

  • 1992

    The Discipleship Center, where our business offices and Student rooms are today, was built in 1992

  • 2001

    On Sunday, March 25, the 2,800-seat Worship Center opened. More than 7,000 people attended Central on that day.

  • 2014

    Pastor Craig Rees accepted the position to become our current Lead Pastor. He later revealed the Water's Edge Vision for Central Wesleyan Church.



Our current Worship Center was completed in 2001 and houses a congregation that now numbers 3,000. Our campus has grown to encompass over 100 acres, however, the true measure of Central Wesleyan is found not in the growth of our campus, but in the countless thousands of lives who have been impacted for Jesus Christ.

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What We Believe

At Central, we exist to amplify the message of hope and life that Jesus brings to all people. This mission is driven through our belief in one God, who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and the Savior of all people 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 through the empowering of the Holy Spirit. We believe the Bible to be God’s Word and consequently 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. We are so committed to this task that we have organized our church around three simple relational pursuits. We believe amplifying the hope and life that Jesus brings is enabled as we intentionally live ...


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With God

We are committed to developing personal and corporate habits for a dynamic relationship with God. We emphasize prayer and the study of the Scriptures as critical habits that help us discern the plans and purposes of God for our lives.

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In Community

We desire to cultivate relationships where care, challenge and celebration occur. We emphasize living life as one faith family in the all together -- worship services -- and the small together -- community groups and C6 groups.

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On Mission

We pursue opportunities to holistically care for the needs of our world. As the universal Church, we are called to actively participate in the mission of God. We have been blessed with an incredible facility that welcomes many each week, however we deeply believe God measures His church not by how many we seat rather by how many we send.

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Hope + Life For All

If you have never heard the story of Jesus, or of how he brings hope and life to us all, please click here to get in touch with us. We would love to have a personal conversation with you – no strings or gimmicks attached.

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