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Local Church History
Lockport Wesleyan Church was originally the First Methodist Church of Chestnut Ridge, organized as a Wesleyan Methodist Church in 1882.
The community and church experienced a significant revival in 1887. A parsonage constructed that year was destroyed by fire in 1938, but was rebuilt. In November of 1957 the first unit of an educational building was dedicated, and a two-manual organ with chimes was presented to the church in memory of Henry R. Barnett.
The late '50s saw significant growth and in 1958 the Sunday School won the district's achievement plaque. The church supported missions projects in India and Korea, and member Betsy Glazier was a missionary in the Philippines. By 1961 the church was free of debt.
A new parsonage was built in 1963. The congregation experienced transforming revival in 1966. In addition to a deepened spiritual commitment came vision and money for church renovation in 1968. Growth continued into the 1970s
Presently, though the church may be small in number, the congregation seeks to make a big impact through faithfulness to the Gospel.
Michael Schell 1957-1961 John Colley 1961-1971 Richard Lofgrin 1971-1972 Richard Wolf 1972-1977 Milton Putnam 1977-1983 David L Hill 1983-1995 Mark Huntsinger 1995-2001 Tom Bender 2001-2007 Richard Heitzenrater (supply) 2007-2008 Matthew Rose (supply) 2008- Present