Wheeling Church Celebrates 150th Anniversary


A local church celebrated its 150th anniversary on Sunday.   

The Wayman African Methodist Episcopal Church first opened their doors in Wheeling in 1865 with Reverend Dudley Ashbury. 

Services moved around the city before finally finding a home at their current Eoff Street location in 1965. 

Over the past 150 years, a lot has changed around the church in Wheeling, but inside the congregation still has the same feelings of love and togetherness.

“What we’ve seen here at the church is a constant flow of members coming, watching kids grow up to become young adults, to become leaders of the church,” said Jerry Moore, a trustee of the church. Four generations of Moore’s family have attended the church.

“We’re trying to continue this church, continue to grow and looking for young people to be in the church so when this generation is gone, that generation can take over and help the church to continue on for possibly another 150 years,” Judi Saunders, the financial secretary of the church said.

Rev. Deborah J. Watt said it is an experience of giving joy, to know that others love the church and want to come celebrate there. Watt said in the near future, the church will be looking to become more involved in the community.

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