From its inception, April 18, 1976, Willowbrook Church has been blessed by God. That Easter Sunday morning thirty-seven people joined Rev. Albert J. Wilson for its first worship service. The church was officially constituted on May 16, 1976. The next year two hundred and fifty members voted to construct the church at its current location. Those founding members adopted a faith statement: “Expect a Miracle.”
Their Christian faith, desire for a close caring fellowship, and dedication to local and global needs created a warm welcoming congregation. That heritage remains today. Willowbrook continues to be a strong Christ centered Church. We are a mission-oriented church, offering opportunities to become involved in many programs that benefit both our neighborhood and our world.
A Practical Belief in Jesus Christ
At Willowbrook Church we agree with the historic doctrines of the Christian faith regarding the Trinity; God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. We have a strong belief in the Bible as our primary guide and rule for life. The values of church traditions and the use of human reason are also celebrated. We also encourage individual exploration of God’s truth in the human experience. John Wesley was the founder of the United Methodist Church and along with Charles Wesley and George Whitfield began a religious movement in the late 1700’s that changed England through a great revival emphasizing belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. John Wesley called this primary basis of our faith “practical divinity.” In essence, United Methodist churches believe Christians demonstrate faith through action.
The Primacy of Scripture
As is the case with many Protestant Christian denominations, along with many evangelical or non-denominational Christian churches, Biblical scripture is considered a core foundation for guiding Christians in obedience to God’s will. The Bible is the “primary source for Christian doctrine.” The church believes authors of the Bible disclosed God’s messages related to Jesus’ life, death and resurrection, as well as the involvement of the Holy Spirit in Christians’ lives.
Sharing Our Faith
Willowbrook Church recognizes God’s commandment that believers witness to non-believers to bring them to a relationship with Christ. Methodists are taught to learn and discern the Bible, to consider scriptures and interpreted theological works on the scripture as the basis for discipleship.
If you would like to know more about what it means to follow Christ at Willowbrook, please call 623-974-5637 and ask to speak with one of our pastors, or e-mail us.