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MISSION STATEMENT


It is our endeavor to: BUILD THE FAMILY, BUILD THE CHURCH: HEAL THE FAMILY, HEAL THE CHURCH.

Out of our Mission Statement emerges our Philosophy Statement of our belief, our conviction, and our commitment.

  

 

PHILOSOPHY OF THE WESTHAVEN COMMUNITY CHURCH


The church, the called out body of baptized believers in Jesus Christ (Ecclesiology) has been established to be a spiritual community, which serves as a model on earth which demonstrates the kingdom of God. The church’s job is to give to the world the divine option of embracing the activity of God in the world without becoming a part of the world. The Church must be extremely careful not to be to heavenly minded until it is no earthly good, thus having no influence upon the world. In keeping with Acts 2: 40-42, III John 3, and I Thessalonians 5:23, we feel that the Church should be concerned with the “TOTAL MAN” {Body, Soul, and Spirit}.


THE CHURCH HISTORY:
THE BEGINNING OF THE PROMISE BEING FULFILLED


The Westhaven Community Church began its mission in August 1986 in a storefront building at 468 Shelby Drive in Memphis, TN, under the leadership of Elder Fred Wesson and his companion Evangelist Vivian Wesson. This storefront building was, at the same time, the home of the Westhaven Baptist Church. Because of the shared nature of the building, Westhaven Community Church had only one service on Sundays at the 3:00 p.m. hour.  The ministry began with only three families, the Coburn family, Sister Hattie Lynch & family, and the Pastor’s family.

Pastor Wesson brought forth dynamic messages from God such as; “Holiness a Must”, “What’s your Excuse?” and “The Handwriting on the Wall”. Evangelist Wesson taught the membership the doctrine of True Holiness. She taught on topics such as sanctification, redemption, faith, grace, and many others.
Throughout 1987, Pastor and Evangelist Wesson took on much ridicule, but stayed with the vision the Lord had given. While people talked with the purpose of discouraging the work of the ministry, the Lord continued to show his mighty hand and added members to the Westhaven family. There were those who said that the ministry would not last while yet others accused the ministry of being too close in physical proximity to theirs. Nevertheless, for each time that the ministry was cursed by man, God stood-up and showed that he had set his approval upon the ministry and the ministry grew stronger.

In April 1988,  our roommate Westhaven Baptist Church, moved to their new building and we were able to begin having 10:00 a.m. Sunday School, 11:00 a.m. Worship Services, and 7:00 p.m. Sunday Night Deliverance Services. People received deliverance, healing, and teaching that would free them from the hand of our adversary, Satan. God wrought miracles in that place. People came from around the city just to be a part of the prayer and shut-ins. The place would be so empowered with the Holy Spirit that those with the gift of discernment could see and feel the presence of angelic beings. The power of God was so profound until the floors would actually sweat and what became known, as the “glory cloud” would often fill the place. Souls were saved. People were delivered immediately from cigarette habits, witchcraft, and other strongholds and diseases. The membership continued to grow.

In 1989, God blessed Westhaven to purchase land with a building on Boeingshire. By this point Westhaven was three years old and had garnered the attention and interest of many of the surrounding churches. The word was out and many wanted to know just what was going on in our little church. By the next year, the building began to overflow with people of God who wanted to be a part of the Westhaven Community Church Family.

Subsequently, Westhaven had to expand its current worship sapce.  While the work was being done, Pastor Wesson and other evangelists conducted a tent revival on the grounds. This revival turned out to be a blessing straight from heaven. We did not have to cancel any services because of construction. Sometimes it would rain and we would have to find a dry spot just to praise the Lord. We even had to fight off the wasps and mosquitoes. Some fell under the power of God in the mud, but they were too overjoyed to care. God performed many miracles during our time under the tent; therefore, the tent will never be forgotten. It brings to mind the children of Israel when God tested and tried them through their wilderness experience. All wilderness experiences for true believers have a humbling effect and many lessons can be learned. Our prayer is “Teach me thy way O’ Lord, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies (Psalm 27:1)”.

November 1990, the construction was completed and the tent revival ended. This was only the beginning of the crossing over into the Promise land. From the point that construction ended and throughout in 1991, the Lord continued to add to the membership. The Lord began to send in evangelists and prophets such as Andrew Riley to tell Pastor Wesson and the Westhaven family that they would possess the land at the corner of Raines and Boeingshire. The Lord established his word through more than two or three witnesses.
In 1992, less than one year from the first prophetic word, the Lord openly declared that Westhaven would take possession of the land, it happened! On May 22, 1992, the Westhaven family became the grateful owners of 7.3 acres of land on which there is a community swimming pool, a tennis court and a gazebo. Westhaven made plans to place a building on the land in God’s perfect timing. The land was located just up the street in walking distance of our then present location at 4284 Boeingshire Drive. Even though there may have been some uncomfortable times along the way, in all things, we give thanks. Because of those uncomfortable times, we learned that God is our Jehovah- Jireh, our provider. He is our Jehovah— (Yahweh tsebha'oth), the lord of hosts, for He is the host that surrounds us when the enemy comes against us. We also learned that He is our Jehovah-nissi, our banner for he gave us victory in battle. 

We are now enjoying our new facility, which is our family life center with an auditorium will seat 350-400 people. We are excited about the move of God. We have so many stories that we can tell but God has always come through because this is His ministry and His sovereign call. We now await His instructions in building our temple. In everything, we give Him thanks.



 

CHURCH DOCTRINES

An outline of the complete system of doctrines for the Westhaven Community Church

  • The Bible – the inspired and only infallible written Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16)
  • The Father – the first person in the Godhead (Matthew 11:27)
  • The Son - the second person in the Godhead, the eternal Son of God (Luke 1:30; John 1:1; 14, 18, Hebrew 4:15; Philippians 2:5-11)
  • The Holy Ghost – the third person in the Godhead, who is equal with the Father and the Son in power, and is to be obeyed and worshiped by the believer. (John 16:13)
  • Baptism of the Holy Ghost – infilling of the Holy Sprit with the evidence of speaking in tongues; the manifestation of other tongues will always be evident when the believer is filled with the Holy Spirit. (Acts 4:31, 8:14-17, 10:44- 46, 11:15, 19:2-6; Ephesians 1:13)
  • Man – God’s crowning creation, created to fellowship and praise Him (Psalm 8)
  • Sin – violating God’s law (Romans 3:23; Romans 5:19)
  • Salvation – the power of redemption from the bondage of sin of mankind by the shed blood of Jesus Christ - Ephesians 2:5, 8-9
  • Angels – messengers or ministering spirits, created to minister to God and His redeemed mankind. (Hebrews 1:7)
  • Demons – fallen spirits (James 2:19; Revelation 9:20; 16:14)
  • The Church – called out body of baptized believers in Christ Jesus; (I Corinthians 12:12-27; Acts 2:42-47)
  • Divine Healing – the supernatural deliverance of disease & any infirmity by power of God (Acts 10:38; I Corinthians 12:28-30)
  • Miracles – the supernatural action of God that defies nature (2 Kings 2:9-14; Acts 5:1-5)
  • Ordinances of the Church
    1. The Lords Supper (Holy communion); (II Corinthians 11:23-28)
    2. Water Baptism (Acts10: 47-48)
  • Tithes – the giving of the tenth of one’s income according to the mandate of Scripture to the work of the ministry (Malachi 3:10; Hebrews 7:10)

 

 

AFFIRMATION OF OUR FAITH

 


We Affirm our Faith in Bible

We believe the Bible to be the inspired and only infallible written Word of God.

We Affirm our Faith in God

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

We Affirm our Faith in the Blessed Hope

We believe in the Blessed Hope, which is the rapture of the Church of God, which is in Christ, at his return.

We Affirm our Faith in Repentance

We believe that the only means of being cleansed from sin is through repentance, faith in the precious blood of Jesus Christ and being baptized in water.

We Affirm our Faith in Salvation

We believe that the regeneration by the Holy Ghost is absolutely essential for personal salvation.

We Affirm our Faith in Jesus Christ

We believe that the redemptive work of Christ on the cross provides healing for the human body in answer to believing prayer.

We Affirm our Faith in the Holy Ghost

We believe that the baptism in the Holy Ghost, according to Acts 2:4 is given to believers who ask for it.

We Affirm our Faith in Sanctification

We believe in the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit, by who’s indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a holy and separated life in this present world.    AMEN

 
 
 
MEET OUR PASTOR


The Senior Pastor is the Chief Overseer of the Church, and is the President of all Boards. Pastor Fred Wesson is the Senior Pastor of our church. He has been in ministry all of his life but was ordained in 1980. He has served as Assistant Pastor of two Churches of God in Christ in Memphis, Tennessee. He is a graduate of Carver High School in Memphis and attended the Shelby State Community College in the city. Pastor Wesson has a true heart for people and all who know him attest to his anointing as God's undershepherd. He has oftentimes been called a pastor’s pastor. He has counseled pastors with a heartfelt love and concern for their welfare. We feel confident and good about the fact that he meets all of the qualifications stipulated in the epistles of I & II Timothy for overseers/pastors/bishops.  He currently serves as Administrative Assistant to Overseer William S. Wright of the Tennessee Southwest Fellowship.

Senior Pastor & Board President
Frederick Douglas Wesson                                                               
       

                                                                                                          

 

The Church’s logo is the letter “W” containing a cross, a crown, and two candlesticks surrounded by “Jesus Christ” and the words, “The Way, The Truth, and the Life.”

In the book of Revelation there were only two churches that withstood the synagogue of Satan. (The candlesticks represent those churches) Those two churches were the church of Smyrna and the church of Philadelphia. They suffered much persecution (their cross), but God let them know that because of their faithfulness he would give them the crown of life (the crown).

JESUS ALSO LETS US KNOW in St. John 14:6 “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.” In our endeavor to please God, we want everything to originate from the Word of God. Our logo comes directly from the leading of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, Westhaven has taken its logo directly from the scripture. Westhaven is one of the churches that have been chosen to withstand the trials and persecution of the enemy in this present day. Through the leading of the Holy Spirit, our pastor is determined to lead God’s people into the promise land. We all must be willing to bear our crosses when we have stood on the promises of God and fought a good fight of faith. Then, God will reward us with the crown of life, for he said in hi word that he is the only way, the truth, and the life. Praise God he will never leave us or forsake us!

(CHURCH OF SMYRNA, REV. 2:8-11)   (CHURCH OF PHILADELPHIA, REV: 3:7-11)



 

THE ESSENTIALS FOR SPIRITUAL GROWTH

Pastor & Dr. Wesson have committed themselves to making sure that out of all that they do as our leaders in this ministry, is to make sure that every attempt possible to bring about spiritual growth. The body of Christ is in need of members who are spiritually mature. All of us begin at the new birth as spiritual babies in Christ, but God doesn’t intend that we stay that way. His desire is for us to grow into Christian maturity. “That we henceforth be no more children” (Eph. 4:14)

  • Purity: “The Lord is my light and my salvation” (Psalms 27:1)
  • Faith: for we walk by faith and not by sight. “But without faith it is impossible to please him; for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Heb 11:6)
  • Worship: “God is a Spirit; and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:24)
  • Praise: “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord”. (Psalms 150:6)
  • Study: “Study to show thyself approved unto God”. (II Timothy 2:15)
  • Truth: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not to thy own understanding”. (Proverbs 3:5)
  • Fasting: Fasting is a discipline of the body in order to humble the soul. “When ye fast, be not as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance; for they disfigure their faces; that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward. But thou, when thou fast; anoint thine head, and wash thy face; that thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy father which is in secret: and thy father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly”. (Matt. 6:16-18)
  • Prayer: “…that men ought to always pray and not faint” (Luke 18:1)
  • Humble: “He that humble himself shall be exalted” (Matt. 23:12)
  • Obedience: “If ye be willing and obedient ye shall eat the good of the land.” (Isaiah 1:19)
  • Commitment: Means giving of yourself wholly to the Lord so as to please the Lord in words and deeds.


IF A MEMBER OR LEADER CONTINUES IN SIN, THE MINISTRY RESERVES THE RIGHT OF EXCOMMUNICATION ACCORDING TO THE BIBLE!!!   MATT. 18; I COR. 5


 

PRAYER WITH A VISION

Father, in the name of Jesus, we come into your presence thanking you for the Westhaven Community Church. You have called us to be saints in Memphis and around the world. As we lift our voices in one accord, we recognize that you are God, and everything was made by you and for you. We call into being those things that be not as though they were.

We pray that we all speak the same thing, and that there be no division among us; we are perfectly joined together in the same mind. Grant unto us your representatives here, a boldness to speak your Word, which you will confirm with signs following. We thank you that we are workmen in abundance, in all manner of work. Each department operates in the excellence of ministry and intercession. We have in our church the ministry of gifts for the edifying of the body, until we all come into the unity of the faith, and the knowledge of the SON OF GOD, unto a mature person. None of our people will be children tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind and doctrine. We speak the truth in LOVE.

We are a growing and witnessing body of believers, and by faith we have every need met. Therefore, we meet the needs of people who come –SPIRIT, SOUL, and BODY. We ask for the wisdom of God in meeting these needs. Father, we thank you for the ministry you have called us to. Our Church is prospering spiritually and naturally, and by faith we have more than enough to meet every need. We have everything we need to carry out your Great Commission and to reach the Memphis area through the leading of the Holy Spirit. We thank you that the word of God is living in all of us and Jesus is Lord!