Wesley is a community of individuals believing in God’s love and grace, and convinced that the life of faith is relevant and makes a significant positive difference in life. Our backgrounds and beliefs differ somewhat, and we come as we are – God’s imperfect children, bringing both strengths and weaknesses to the community. We seek to be there for each other, through the storms and struggles of life, in the midst of doubts and fears, and to celebrate the many blessings and joys of life. We have found that deep connections with God and each other make a difference in life. As we worship, pray, serve, study, eat together, and share our lives – we are gradually transformed, and life takes on new joy and hope. It’s not about rules or the name on the door, but rather about loving relationships with God and one another, relationships that lead toward greater freedom and wholeness. We aren’t perfect, but day by day we seek to be more like Jesus and to more fully reflect God’s love. We invite you to come as you are and join us in this amazing journey!

Methodism came to Preston County in the early 1800’s, and log churches were built in 1807 and 1815. A few years later the Sigler home on Main Street in Kingwood became a meeting place for Methodists. Preston County was formed in 1818 and Kingwood became the county seat. A courthouse was soon built, and “preaching” services were moved there from the Sigler home. Bible class still met in the Sigler dining room, and a second class was soon started in the Hagans home dining room. Construction of a brick church began in 1841, and the church was dedicated in 1842. A larger church was eventually needed, and the cornerstone for what we currently know as Kingwood United Methodist was laid in 1878, and the new church was dedicated in 1879 with 575 in attendance. The original gothic spires were removed along the way, and various improvements were made, including the addition of the education wing started in 1921. For a more complete church history see the additional historical information.

We have a long history, and are greatly indebted to the many saints who have gone before and lived out their faith. We honor and give thanks for our history and those saints, yet our faith always calls us to look toward and live into God’s future. We invite you to join us in this journey!

More detailed historical information and photos for 1879-2004 can be downloaded at :


The Parish Nursing Program was a ministry that touched countless lives over several years. Much of its history has been digitized and is available below.