What We Believe

  • We believe every person is of sacred worth and created in God’s image.  We believe diversity enriches our journey together, as well as our understanding and experience of God, through Jesus Christ. We commit to living out Christ’s message of love, healing, hospitality, forgiveness and hope in our community of faith by accepting everyone who enters our doors.  We welcome and embrace all people, including those of every race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, faith story, ability, economic status, or political perspective.  We invite full inclusion of all into the life and ministry of Christ through our church.
  • We believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth; And in Jesus Christ His only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried; the third day He rose from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from there He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
  • We believe in the Holy Spirit, the church as the body of Christ made up of believers in Jesus Christ, the communion of the saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting.
  • We believe that salvation comes by confession of sin and faith in Jesus Christ as the only begotten Son of God, to believe in the heart that Jesus died and rose from the dead, and to proclaim with the mouth that He is Lord.
  • We believe the Old and New Testaments to be the infallible Word of God; inerrant as originally given, verbally inspired by God, the complete and sufficient revelation of His will for salvation and conduct.
  • We believe in the Great Commission; to proclaim the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ to the uttermost parts of the earth. Amen.


Meet Pastor Bob!

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The Rev. Dr. Robert A. Knebel welcomes you to our website! He prefers to be called Bob or Pastor Bob -- your choice. Pastor Bob was born in Bridgeport and raised in Fairfield. He received his BA from Dakota Wesleyan University, Masters of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC and the Doctor of Ministry from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. Prior to being appointed to West Hartford United Methodist Church in 2016, he served in Easton, Ct, and the following churches in New York: Hampton, Bays, Catskill, Roscoe, and White Sulphur Springs Charge. From 2001 until 2011 he was in Appointment In Extension Ministry as CEO of Habitat for Humanity in Bridgeport and as Director of Development for Oklahoma Methodist Manor in Tulsa, OK. Bob has two grown children, a daughter who lives in California with her husband and two children, a girl and boy. His son lives in Danbury with a month and a half old son. In 2010 he married Shelly Lyons in Ponca City, OK. Shelly was born and raised in Oklahoma. Professionally she is a hairstylist and certified message therapist (in Oklahoma). Shelly has three boys, the oldest and his wife live in Kansas, the middle boy lives in Tulsa, and the youngest son and his wife live in Oklahoma City with their toddler son. And her daughter Zoe who has been adopted by Bob.