Wesley United Methodist Church
A Community of The Metropolitan Church
5312 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20015-1804
202-966-5144 (Near Friendship Heights Metro and Van Ness-UDC Metro)
Before coming to the cooperative parish and Wesley UMC, Rev. Kate Murphey was an associate pastor at Grace UMC in Gaithersburg, MD and guided the serving and young adult ministries there. Originally from Columbus Ohio, she is delighted to have found home in DC.
“I’m finally doing everything I’ve ever dreamed of doing in ministry! At Wesley UMC, we are an incredibly diverse, joy-filled, and welcoming community that has both rockin’ good music and good theology. At St. Luke’s/Crossroads, a non-profit mission center focused on homelessness ministries is coming together--not only with and through members of the cooperative parish but also the AU and Wesley Seminary communities, Community Council for the Homeless at Friendship Place and DC Central Kitchen Campus Kitchen Project. At MMUMC, there is an incredible cultural and organizational shift happening to empower ministry in the fullest. The values of extending radical hospitality, transforming lives, and pursuing justice is what connects all of the aspects of our work at all of the different campuses. I never cease to be astounded by the commitment, resources, and leadership of our three communities, Wesley, St. Luke’s, and MMUMC, as they live out Christ’s call to discipleship with absolutely all of who they are. I am honored to serve as a pastor here in the midst of such rich possibility.”
Pam Rogers brings a wealth of knowledge of cultural music traditions, an extensive history of participation with choral groups, songwriting and a family tradition of music and singing to the Wesley music ministries. Pam has served as musical director for cultural programs at the Smithsonian Institution American History Museum’s Program in African American Culture. She is also the director of an a cappella women’s ensemble In Process…, which performs an extensive repertoire of Freedom Songs and songs of struggle. She is a social and environmental justice activist supporting human rights by lending her voice in support whenever possible.
As our congregation embraces an international community from around the world, this is also reflected in the Music Ministry of Wesley UMC. The music department is composed of musicians, “The Wesley Combo,” which includes Clint Hyson on keyboard, Mike Wheaton on piano, Vince Stroman on drums and Sherry Antoine on Violin, and a small group of dedicated singers and young people. Our music “Rocks”! Encompassing spirituals, hymns, gospel, jazz with a Latin emphasis, classical and contemporary Christian, and many original compositions, we strive to be inclusive. Our goal is to expand our multi-lingual music so that the music of Wesley church is as welcoming as the people. The music ministry supports the prayer life of the church through a quarterly prayer brunch. Come and get food for the body and the soul. The choir meets for rehearsal once a month on Saturday and each Sunday at 10:00am before Sunday service. All are welcome to join us.