Praising God in Houghton NY

Join us Sunday September 23 for Contemporary Worship at 8:20 or 9:40 a.m. or Traditional Worship at 11:00 a.m. Sunday School for all ages 9:40-10:40. Stay for the Potluck Lunch.

Pastoral Staff

Senior Pastor

Wes Oden

Education: B.A., George Fox University, M. Div., Asbury Theological Seminary, D. Min., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Born: Clinton, Indiana Family: Cindy (wife), John and Heléna, Andrew Been at HWC Since: 1996 Books/Writers that have influenced me: M. Scott Peck, N.T. Wright, Eugene Peterson, M. Craig Barnes, Haddon Robinson, Dennis Kinlaw Hobbies: Tennis, Golf, IU Basketball, Reading spy/mystery novels like Vince Flynn and Sherlock Holmes Favorite Music: Classical, Barry Manilow, Gospel Quartet, Contemporary Christian, Rock and Roll, Oldies and Disco Paul Shea Assistant Pastor PaulShea@hwchurch.org Education: B.A. Houghton College; M.Div. Trinity Evangelical Div. Sch.; D. Miss. Trinity Evangelical Div. Sch. Born: Fillmore, NY Previous Ministry: Pastor, Ottawa, IL; Missionary, Sierra Leone; Missions Professor, Houghton College Favorite Authors: John Stott, Lesslie Newbegin, N.T.Wright, C.S.Lewis, Philip Yancey, Andrew Walls. Hobbies: Puttering around house, Golf, Driving, Sports, Reading. Favorite Music: Classical, Jazz, Bluegrass. Jon Cole Youth Pastor joncole@hwchurch.org Education: BA Houghton College, MA in Youth Ministry Leadership, Huntington University, expected May 2014 Birthplace: Rochester NY Family: Nancy (wife), Luke and Emma Been at HWC Since: 2004 Writers that have influenced me: N.T. Wright, Andrew Root, Doug Fields, John Wesley, Soren Kierkegaard, Henri Nouwen Hobbies: be with my family, early breakfast with a friend, basketball, rental real estate Favorite Music: Anything, Glad, Andrew Peterson and Men at Work Cindy Oden Assistant Pastor cindyoden@hwchurch.org Education: B.A., Asbury College, MAR., Asbury Theological Seminary Born: Iowa City, Iowa Family: Wes (husband), John and Heléna, Andrew Been at HWC since: 1996 Books/Writers that have influenced me: E. Stanley Jones, Alice Matthews, Dennis Kinlaw, Estelle Carver, Anna Mow Hobbies: Cooking and Reading Favorite Music: A variety of different kinds Amanda Cox Music and Worship Director amandacox@hwchurch.org Education: BMus., Houghton College, MMus., University of Miami Born: Edmonton, Alberta Family: Mike (husband), Evelyn and Grayson Been at HWC since: 2003 Books/Writers that have influenced me: Philip Yancey, Henri Nouwen Hobbies: Reading, Being with family, Watching movies, Playing board games Favorite Music: Meredith Andrews, Laura Story, Taylor Swift, Great Big Sea Laurie Smalley Children’s Ministry Director lauriesmalley@hwchurch.org Born – San Jose, California Family – Husband Bob, daughter Angela, son and daughter in law – Zac and Erin Smalley – grandson, Peter Scott Smalley Back at HWC again in 2017; previously here 2004-2011 Volunteer Pastor Favorite Music – Most contemporary Christian music and anything by Rachmaninoff Books/Authors – Gordon Fee, Ravi Zacharias, Tim Keller, Andy Stanley Hobbies playing the harp. hiking, kayaking Casda Danner Valley Preschool Director casdadanner@hwchurch.org Education: B.A., Houghton College Born: Warsaw, NY Family: Nathan (husband), Clayton, Courtney, Christopher, and Joel Been at HWC since: 2009 Books/Writers that have influenced me: Ann Voskamp, Beth Moore Hobbies: Being with family and friends for games and conversation, swimming Favorite Music: Hymns, Musicals, Classical, some Contemporary Christian, some Popular, Oldies Staff Patty Stalker Administrative Assistant pattystalker@hwchurch.org Education: B.A., Houghton College, M.A., The George Washington University Born: Rochester, NY Family: Robert (husband), Tracee, Laura and Bill, Sarah and Akash, Jon and Julie, David and LaDona, Arleen and Ron, Paul and Sharon, Suzanne and Kevin, Bill and Erin, Sally and Chris. Been at HWC since: 1997 Books/Writers that have influenced me: Eugene Peterson, Marva Dawn, Gordon Fee, Tim Keller Hobbies: Mentoring, Web Design and things digital, Local History, Cognitive Psychology Favorite Music: Fernando Ortega, Rend Collective Experiment, Steve Bell, Brenton Brown Steve Pocock Head Custodian stevepocock@hwchurch.org Education: B.S., Houghton College, M.Div., Asbury Theological Seminary Born: Bath, NY Family: Audrey (wife), Stephanie and Brian, Kara and Ian, Michael and Audrey Joy, John Mark and Olivia Began Working at HWC: 2003 Books/Writers that have influenced me: JRR Tolkein, C.S. Lewis Hobbies: Hunting, Fishing, Biking
Youth Pastor

Jon Cole

Education: BA Houghton College, MA in Youth Ministry Leadership, Huntington University, expected May 2014 Birthplace: Rochester NY Family: Nancy (wife), Luke and Emma Been at HWC Since: 2004 Writers that have influenced me: N.T. Wright, Andrew Root, Doug Fields, John Wesley, Soren Kierkegaard, Henri Nouwen Hobbies: be with my family, early breakfast with a friend, basketball, rental real estate Favorite Music: Anything, Glad, Andrew Peterson and Men at Work
Assistant Pastor

Cindy Oden

Education: B.A., Asbury College, MAR., Asbury Theological Seminary Born: Iowa City, Iowa Family: Wes (husband), John and Heléna, Andrew Been at HWC since: 1996 Books/Writers that have influenced me: E. Stanley Jones, Alice Matthews, Dennis Kinlaw, Estelle Carver, Anna Mow Hobbies: Cooking and Reading Favorite Music: A variety of different kinds

Pastor Wes’s Blog

When School Starting Is a Gift Not a Curse

I grew up hating Labor Day. I have nothing against the holiday itself, though the idea of celebrating work never seemed all that appealing to a child or teenager trying to avoid work. My antipathy for Labor Day was rooted not in the day itself but in the day that followed: the beginning of school. As the dusk of this holiday settled into the darkness of night, a lump grew in my throat and a pit emerged in my stomach.…

Responding to Evil Against God’s People

Evil is a reality in our world. We may not always recognize it, but it is still a reality in our world. Nowhere do we see this more clearly than in the treatment of Christ’s followers in many places of our world. The persecution of Christians in all of its forms is not a problem of history, though it is that, but is a problem of life in the 21st century. The most dangerous places for God’s people are often…

Chasing Down a Wallet Thief

I came across a story this week that made me stop and think. The story caught my attention because the headline stated: “A woman chases down a wallet thief – and then buys him coffee.” I was intrigued by the headline and its potential to speak into my life. Here’s the gist of the story. A couple of weeks ago, a woman in Edmonton, Alberta witnessed a mugger grab a woman’s wallet and run. Without giving much thought to her…

Location Details

9712 NY-19, Houghton, NY 14744