Who We Are?

Our Mission

Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

   We, at THFN, intentionally and sincerely desire to live in the awareness of the presence of God so that He can work through us to make this world different. We deeply want to join God in His work of reaching the lost with the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ. We would be delighted for you to join us! 

   May you be aware of the presence of Jesus in your life.

For His Glory,
Pastor Denny Wilson

Church Membership

   We’d love to have you join us a member of Terre Haute First Church of the Nazarene. We invite you to attend our membership orientation class, and speak with a pastor about becoming a member of THFN. For more information and class dates please contact us!

What do we Believe?

Our Faith

1. About God

   God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.

Genesis 1:1, 26, 27, 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; I Peter 1:2; II Corinthians 13:14

2. Jesus Christ

   Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of kings, and Lord of lords.

Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14, 15; I Corinthians 15:3, 4; Romans 1:3, 4; Acts 1:9-11; I Timothy 6:14, 15; Titus 2:13

3. The Holy Spirit

   The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily.

II Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16, 17; Acts 1:8; I Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18

4. The Bible

   The Bible is God’s word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christians beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture or error.

II Timothy 3:16, 1:13; II Peter 1:20, 21; Psalm 119:105, 160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5

5. Human Beings

   People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God call “sin”. This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life.

Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a, 59:1, 2; Romans 3:23

6. Salvation

   Salvation is God’s free gift to us, but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works for the wages of sin is death not “good works”. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.

Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8, 9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1

7. Sanctification

   We believe that believers are to be sanctified wholly, subsequent to regeneration, through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. It is wrought by the baptism with the Holy Spirit, whereby a person can experience the cleansing of the heart from sin.

John 17:17-19; Romans 15:16; Ephesians 5:26; II Timothy 2:21; Hebrews 13:12; I Peter 1:2; Isaiah 3:3; James 4:8; I John 1:7

8. Eternity

  People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.

John 3:16; John 14:17; Romans 6:23, 8:17-18; Revelation 20:15; I Corinthians 2:7-9

9. Baptism

   We believe that Christian baptism, commanded by our Lord, is a sacrament signifying acceptance of the benefits of the atonement of Jesus Christ, to be administered to believers and declarative of their faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior, and full purpose of obedience in holiness and righteousness.

   Baptism being a symbol of the new covenant, young children may be baptized, upon request of parents or guardians who shall give assurance for them of necessary Christian training.

   Baptism may be administered by sprinkling, pouring, or immersion, according to the choice of the applicant.

Matthew 3:1-7, 28:16-20; Acts 2:37-41, 8:35-39, 10:44-48, 16:29-34, 19:1-6; Romans 6:3-4; Galatians 3:26-28; Colossians 2:12; I Peter 3:18-22

10. Communion

   We believe that the Memorial and Communion Supper instituted by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is essentially a New Testament sacrament, declarative of His sacrificial death, through the merits of which believers have life and salvation and promise of all spiritual blessings in Christ. It is distinctively for those who are prepared for reverent appreciation of its significance, and by it they show forth the Lord’s death till He comes again. It being the Communion feast, only those who have faith in Christ and love for the saints should be called to participate therein.

Exodus 12:1-14; Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:17-20; John 6:28-58; I Corinthians 10:14-21, 11:23-32

Who is Our Leadership?

Our Pastors

Rev. Dennis S. Wilson - Senior Pastor
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   Pastor Denny Wilson was born in Middletown, Ohio. He married his beautiful wife, Annette, in 1988. They have a son (Cody), daughter-in-law (Breanna) and granddaughter (Emily Grace); daughter (Courtney), son-in-law (Terry) and grandsons (Jace) and (Luke).

   Growing up in a Christian home, Denny accepted Jesus Christ as his savior at the age of 12. At the age of 16, he surrendered his entire life to God and accepted the call of ministry and received his Local Minister’s License. Five years later, he received his District Minister’s License from the Church of the Nazarene. He has held pastoral positions in the Church of the Nazarene since 1990.

   Pastor Denny received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian Education with a Minor in Psychology from Trevecca Nazarene University. He completed Master of Ministry courses at Mount Vernon Nazarene University.

   Denny and Annette love spending time with family. They also enjoy good coffee, movies, walking(especially on the beach!), biking riding and Harley Davidson Motorcycles! Denny & Annette are Midwesterners at heart and are honored to serve in Terre Haute.

Pastor Tony Sedletzeck - Associate Pastor
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   Pastor Tony grew up in Terre Haute, IN. He has been married to his lovely Bride, Heather, for over twenty years. They have two boys, Benjamin and Andrew. Going to theme parks to ride roller coasters is an annual tradition in the Sedletzeck family.

   Pastor Tony came to a saving faith in 2007 after listening to a powerful message called Hell’s Best Kept Secret by Ray Comfort. Ever since his conversion he has been given the desire to see others come to know, Jesus Christ. He has been involved in street evangelism, sketch board evangelism and prayer stand ministries.

   Pastor Tony received his called to ministry in 2015 after serving a few years as a Sunday school teacher at Terre Haute First Church of the Nazarene. He has held a district license since 2016 and is enrolled in the ministry preparation program through Nazarene Bible College. He has served as youth pastor at the Sullivan Church of the Nazarene in 2017 and filled in as part-time pulpit supply in 2018. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in aviation from Indiana State University.

Our Administrative Team

Annette Wilson

Administrative Assistant

Shari Ritchey

Worship Leader & Co-Youth Director

Breanna Gile

Children's Director & Co-Youth Director

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