Praising God in Houghton NY

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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

Thoughts about Being Judgmental Christians

Christians in North America have a reputation for being judgmental. Sometimes this moniker is unfair. We are considered judgmental because we believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, or because we believe that there is such a thing as right and wrong, or because we take our faith seriously. But far too often, we are considered judgmental because we are. The problem is that our judgmental spirit is hurting us and hurting our witness to people who…

The Day of the Lord

When conversation among Christians focuses on the Day of the Lord, it’s usually bad news, and for good reason. There are many prophecies in the Old and New Testaments that speak of this day as darkness, destruction, consequences and judgment. Scream in terror, for the day of the Lord has arrived—the time for the Almighty to destroy (Isaiah 13:6). For this is the day of the Lord, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, a day of vengeance on his enemies (Jeremiah…

When Heroes Die

It’s difficult to watch our heroes die. People who have influenced us have a special place in our hearts and when their lives on this earth come to an end, we find ourselves feeling a bit lost. I find myself in this place as two men who have been very influential in my life have died in the past couple of months. Dennis Kinlaw is one of my spiritual heroes. Out of the thousands of sermons I have heard in…

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9712 NY-19, Houghton, NY 14744