O U R   C H U R C H
 

We are a church family rooted in Christ and growing in grace.

At Wesley Chapel, it is our mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. We do this by focusing on four areas: Worship, Faith Development, Serving, and Generosity. We live together as people of faith to grow as disciples in each of these four areas.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
W H A T   W E   D O 

Our Mission

Serve the Church

When we serve we are being like Jesus. Jesus calls us to serve within our faith community so that we can grow in our faith and be equipped to go into the world to share the love of God with all people. The primary areas of Serve Here are Hospitality and Food Service. Serving at Wesley Chapel also includes other ministry areas such as Worship, Faith Development, and Facility Team just to name a few. There are always opportunities to serve and we would love to have you connected to Wesley Chapel through service.

 
 
 

Serve the City

We believe serving those around us is central to growing in our relationship with God. As disciples of Jesus Christ, we serve our local communities in Southern Indiana.
 
 

Serve the World

We are a church on mission to go into the world and share the hope of Jesus. Through local and global ministry partnerships, we are working diligently to be the hands and feet of God.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A B O U T
we are family.
 
 
JOIN A GROUP    
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Click for video

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

New Here?

Join us for worship on Sundays at 8:30 am or 11:00 am. Our campus is located in the heart of Floyd County, Indiana. No matter who you are, or where you’ve been, we welcome you with open arms.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mission
& Vision
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Our
Ministries
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
M I S S I O N
 
We are traveling this journey of faith together, developing the character of Jesus within, and sharing the love of God with our community.

 

Tony Alstott

Lead Pastor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
L E A D E R S H I P

Our Team

 
Tony Alstott
Lead Pastor
 
 
Cory Feuerbacher
Director of Worship +
Director of 20s/30s Ministry
 
 
Becky Perkins
Director of Faith 
 
 
Peter Williams
Associate Pastor
In charge of Youth and Mission
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
C H U R C H   M E D I A

Latest Sermon Series

 
 
 
 
 
 

A Church to Call Home

“We felt very loved, there was a lot of grace, not judgement. Our lives at that time were a real mess. I wouldn’t wish any family to go through that, but we went through it. And what we found as we had that journey, and we would share that journey, the more and more love we got. It almost intensified and helped us through that time. Peoples lives are messy, and if you don’t have a mess, just wait because there will be one.


Read more

 
 
 
W E S L E Y   C H A P E L   B L O G

Recent Articles

The Curiosity of an Almighty God Who Would Reach Out to the Worst of Sinners

Written by Toby Long

“Some of the branches of the cultivated olive tree have been broken off, and a branch of a wild olive tree has been joined to it. You Gentiles are like that wild olive tree, and now you share the strong spiritual life of the Jews. So then, you must not despise those who were broken off like branches. How can you be proud? You are just a branch; you don’t support the roots—the roots support you. But you will say, “Yes, but the branches were broken off to make room for me.” That is true. They were broken off because they did not believe, while you remain in place because you do believe. But do not be proud of it; instead, be afraid. God did not spare the Jews, who are like natural branches; do you think he will spare you?” (Romans 11:17-21 GNTD)

A cousin posted a message a few years ago that simply said, “worst sinner ever.” It created a topic of conversation for several people and really stuck in my head. I had a shirt made with that message on the front, but added to the back of it, “saved by grace.” We certainly have a God that loves us no matter what. As a father, I can only wonder how hard it must be for God to watch us make mistakes and still maintain an unwavering love for us. What a great example Our Father is.

Worst sinners; an interesting phrase. What makes a sinner particularly bad? Is murder a greater sin than theft? In our society, laws are put in place to follow which should produce a moral character set to which we all should live by. God on the other hand sees sin as sin, no degree of sin (“Whoever breaks one commandment is guilty of breaking them all.” James 2:10). Sin is what separates us from God, and through the sacrifice of Jesus, we are able to be forgiven, completely forgiven. God keeps no record of sin, and for that I am grateful beyond measure. So to wonder what God thinks of the “worst sinner” shows our human limitation and takes away from the amazing love that God has for us. 

In Romans (11:17-21), Paul makes a comparison of Jews and Gentiles using an analogy of an olive tree. He explained that the original tree had a branch broken off and a wild branch was grafted/transplanted in its place. Sometimes we may feel that we don’t fit, but God has a plan for us, all of us. The branches of the tree are where the fruit is picked, but the life and essence of the tree is provided from the roots. God should always be the foundation of our lives. “Rooted in Christ…” is more than a motto, but a reminder that it is not just how we live that matters, but what gives us life and how we show and share that to others.

Our God is an awesome God. You 80’s Christian’s just smiled as you recalled the song by Rich Mullins.  To understand the essence of God is beyond my ability, but I praise God for the chances that I have to learn more about Him. I am grateful for the leadership and teaching that so many have shared with me at Wesley Chapel.


Read more

Emptiness

Written by Jodi Pace

The sliding doors opened; the ICU hospital room was empty. The constant beeping of alarms fell silent, the wires rolled back to their original location. The bed stripped. The IV fluid and medication discontinued; the breathing machine unplugged. Emptiness lulled in the air along with uncertainty, heart ache, and fear.  As a nurse, I have too often had to tell family and friends that the room is empty, your loved one is no longer here. Through the tears caused by an empty room, I’ve seen relationships form, community grow, and pain ease. We often associate emptiness with sadness and doubt when in reality it’s a chance to catch our breath, reflect on our experiences, and open our hearts for even greater possibilities. The difficulty of losing someone rushes us to grief. We are exploded with emotion, often anger and frustration. If we allowed ourselves to be empty, find the peace in an empty tomb, we could find the joy in the beginning of something wonderful.

Mark 16 verse 6 tells us “Do not be alarmed, Jesus is risen, he is not here.” Mary and Martha were afraid. “They ran trembling and bewildered, the women fled from the tomb, they said nothing to anyone because they were afraid.” We’re afraid to find ourselves empty because we are worried we won’t be able to find something else that fills us up the way we are used to.

Emptiness should not be feared; it should be embraced. The goal of meditation is to find an empty space, a chance to start anew. A chance to welcome change, an opportunity to fill ourselves with patience and grace, and not the usual anger, so often triggered by fear. We have so much available to us, even at our fingertips, that emptiness is unknown and considered a negative emotion when we should view it as refueling our tank. When King David was scared and knew he was in over his head, he offered his “broken spirit”, and God forgave him (Psalm 51:17). David was empty, and humbly renewed his faith.

Our schedules are FULL, soccer, gymnastics, swim and scouts consume our week, lodged between full time jobs which never seem to stop even after hanging up the lab coat for the day.  Everyone tells me “I’ll miss these days” when ironically each day seems to be busier and more chaotic than the day before. If I allowed myself to feel empty, would I be able to appreciate the toddler giggles and the Hot Wheels in my shoes? If I came to Jesus with a broken spirit and an empty soul, instead of wish lists and complaints, would I be able to hear His forgiveness, His comfort? Allow yourself to sit in the silence, to unplug, to not have the urge to fill the void. Do not be afraid of an empty room, an empty tomb, for there are greater possibilities ahead. Healing follows emptiness. Growth follows fear.


Read more

Preparing the Way

Written by Dawn Boling
 

“Whose crazy idea was it to put the alphabet in math? I have enough trouble with just the numbers!” said one of my students in 7th grade math class.  I have the challenge of trying to transition these 12 year old brains from general math into Algebra, and that is not an easy task.  Students generally understand why 2+2=4; that makes sense.  But then when you throw in those x’s and y’s, many begin to get quite confused and frustrated.  “Why do we need to know this?” is the comment I often hear.  It’s difficult to give them an answer to this question that will satisfy them.  

My response?  “You can’t see the future; you can’t yet be sure what you will be doing as an adult.  My job as your math teacher is to help you become prepared for any path that you may take.”  I remember having those similar feelings as a child when I first learned Algebra, and maybe you can relate too.   

One of the ways I introduce Algebra is by showing my students a clip from the movie The Karate Kid.  Mr. Miyagi (the karate sensei) is teaching his student (Danny Larusso) the techniques of Okinawan Karate to help him defend himself from bullies at his school.  During his first few sessions, Mr. Miyagi had him use specific methods to wash his car, paint his fence, and sand his deck.  Of course Danny is extremely frustrated because he just wanted to learn karate, not do this man’s chores.  However, after completing all of these chores, which took a couple of days with aching repetitive work, Mr. Miyagi demonstrated how these methods of repetitive work had actually built muscle memory that developed innate karate skills in Danny.  He was quite amazed and continued to come back for more lessons.  By the end of the movie (Don’t read this next sentence if you don’t want a spoiler alert!!) Danny wins the local karate championship.   

Just as John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus, and I try to prepare the way for my students’ journeys to high school and beyond, and Mr. Miyagi prepared the way for Danny’s karate success, Jesus is always preparing the way for our path as well.  So many things he asks us to do may seem to have little meaning or purpose at the time.  But Jesus knows what is down the road for us, and He also knows what we will need when we get there.

He asks us daily to build our spiritual muscles by spending time with Him in prayer, reading His word and telling others about Him.  He is preparing us for the plan that He has for our lives; the plan He has had for us since the beginning.  

God gave us His Word to prepare our way.   He gave us the Bible to teach us who He is, and He gave us Jesus, to be our example. And not only does He prepare our way, but he provides everything we need along the way.  [2 Peter 1:3 God’s divine power has given us everything we need for life and for godliness.]

And where does this “way” lead?  To a place better than meeting John the Baptist at the Jordan River.  To a place better than finally understanding algebra. To a place better than the winner’s platform at the championship karate tournament.   Following Jesus’ path leads us to an eternal life with Him in heaven. Even when you can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, know that it is there.  Jesus is the light [John 8:12], and He is always there [Matthew 28:20].  Everything He asks us to do helps keep us on that path; the path that leads to eternity with Him.  

So when you can see how Jesus’ way makes sense, when it is as clear as 2+2=4, rejoice in that.  And when you start feeling like life’s x’s and y’s are being thrown in with your numbers, and it just doesn’t make any sense, you can trust that Jesus will walk with you and continue to lead you in the right direction. [Isaiah 55:8-9 – For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways,” says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.] Keep reading His word, keep praying, keep listening, and keep following.  It is much easier to see where we’ve been and where we are than where we are going, but Jesus has that under control. 

We all weren’t meant to be John the Baptist, karate champions, or Algebra experts, but we were all created with and for a purpose.  The only way to be prepared for our purpose is to follow the One who created us.  Even if we don’t know where we are going, He still knows the way! 

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for, and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1

 

Oh, and in case you were wondering, it was Francois Viete (in the 1500’s) who is credited with first using letters in math.  Although I doubt you were actually wondering.

 


Read more

 
 
 
 
Pastor Tony recommends reading:
 

Dark Clouds-Deep Mercy

Lament is how you live between the poles of a hard life and trusting God’s goodness.

Lament is how we bring our sorrow to God-but it is a neglected dimension of the Christian life for many Christians today. We need to recover the practice of honest spiritual struggle that gives us permission to vocalize our pain and wrestle with our sorrow. Lament avoids trite answers and quick solutions, progressively moving us toward deeper worship and trust.

Exploring how the Bible-through the psalms of lament and the book of Lamentations-gives voice to our pain, this book invites us to grieve, struggle, and tap into the rich reservoir of grace and mercy God offers in the darkest moments of our lives.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Stay connected!

Subscribe to our weekly email where we will keep you in the loop with current events, groups, and Wesley Chapel opportunities. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
C O N T A C T   F O R M

Send us a Message

 
 
 
  
L O C A T I O N

Contact Info

Address: 2100 Highway 150
Floyds Knobs, Indiana 47119
Phone: 812.944.2570
Email: wesley@wesleychapel.org