FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Pastoral Care

How do I let the church know when someone needs prayer?

If a person needs prayer they should contact Minister of Prayer, Rev. Lana Reese or by submitting your Prayer Request online here (Prayer Request). Rev. Reese will alert the Pastor, and the person will be added to the church prayer list.

How do I let the church know when someone is ill or has passed away?

If a person needs to report a deceased or ill member, friend, or family member, they should contact Rev. Dr. Patricia Williams Minister of Congregational Care. In case of illness, caller should provide the person’s name, location (hospital, nursing home, etc.) and additional relative information. If Rev. Williams is not available, PLEASE LEAVE A MESSAGE. Her messaging system will contact her and deliver the message. She will then return your call and alert the Pastor.

I am going through a tough time in my life and I need counseling. How can the church help?

Pastoral and clinical counseling is available through the Counseling Ministry. Please call Rev. Dr. Barbara Williams to schedule an appointment.

I know someone having financial difficulty. What can the church do to help?

Matthew 25 exists to assist members and non-members in times of financial need. Applications are reviewed by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, please call the Matthew 25 office at 713-747-7101.

Administration

How do I update my membership information?

Members needing to make changes to their membership record (address, phone numbers, e-mail addresses) or other information such as changes in marital status, children, or business information may either call or email Ms. Shirley Wilkerson/(713)748-5240.

How do I get a copy of my contribution statement?

Please log into your member account. Select contributions history, select the tax year and select view. Your statement should appear in a new window.

How can I change my family group membership?

To change your family group membership, please contact Deacon Tophas Anderson, Chairman of Deacons, at 281-486-5555.

I haven't received my tithing envelopes. Who do I call?

Please call or email Ms. Shirley Wilkerson

If I am a non-member, can I use the WABC facilities for an event?

Yes.  Schedule permitting, you may use the space. Fees may be required. You must submit a building use request from. Please refer to the question and answer below.

What is the process for reserving a space at WABC for members and non-members ?

To reserve a space, please complete a Building Use Request Form. You can access the form online HERE Building Request Form. All space requests must be received at least 7 days prior to the date of the event. Submitting the form does NOT guarantee space reservation. After submission, it will be reviewed and if approved, confirmed with you.

The Church

I want to get married at Wheeler Avenue. What do I need to do? 

As you begin to plan your nuptials, please take the following steps:

1.     First, select an officiant to preside over your ceremony. If you would like our senior pastor to serve as your officiant, please check his availability by filling out a Wedding Officiant Request Form. After you have completed and submitted this form, Pastor Cosby's the pastoral office will contact you and place you on the pastoral office calendar.

2.     Once your date has been confirmed with the pastoral office, please fill out a Wedding Request Form. Fill out and submit the information and you will then be contacted and asked to come in and meet and fill out the appropriate paperwork to secure your space for your wedding.

Note: Three very important criteria must be met before a couple can be married in our sanctuary:

1.     You must attend 6 premarital classes with Rev. David Moore

2.     You must attend 1 counseling session with Rev. Dr. Marcus D. Cosby

3.     You must be a member of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church.

I would like to have my baby dedicated. What do I need to do?

Baby dedications are held at 4:00pm during New Life Service on the first Sunday of every month. Please complete a Baby Dedication Request Form no later than the Monday prior to the New Life Service. You are also required to attend a baby dedication class before the ceremony.