Engage the Mind. Transform the Heart. Empower the Body.

Watermark U is an exciting, new initiative that specifically addresses the "Train" portion of our 2020 Vision.  It features two distinct opportunities:

1) a series of FREE classes available on Sunday Mornings across our campuses. 

2) Year-long educational tracks in both Theology and Leadership through Asbury Theological Seminary. These are cost-based, but affordable. (scroll down for more information).

Sunday Classes at McKinley/Bayview Chapel Campuses


I AGREE  (The Power of Agreeing with God)  REGISTER HERE

Time: 9:30am  Room: 128 (12 max.)  Instructor: Ruthie Muench

Number of weeks: 7 (January 27-March 10)

Description: God’s original plan was for human beings to live in agreement with Him. However, because of sin that original agreement was broken. This class focuses on the importance of agreeing with God concerning promises such as our partnership with Him, our role as ambassadors, and being co-heirs with Christ. Participants should bring a Bible, notebook and writing utensil.



Time: 9:30am  Room: 129 (14 person max.)  Instructor: Richard Herskind

Number of weeks: 12 (January 27-April 14)

Description: Imagine that a group has purchased property near Watermark Wesleyan and built a facility on it known as the Meeting Place where young and old gather to discuss spiritual and religious matters. It proves to be a fast growing congregation. Eventually, once faithful members of Watermark begin to attend these gatherings and study their philosophies and practices.  Concerned, our pastor has composed a letter to the congregation of Watermark. What might this pastoral letter say to those who remain? This study of Colossians addresses the situation of competing religious and spiritual philosophies as they pertain to the congregation in ancient Colossi, and what the modern Church can learn as we seek to remain faithful to the gospel in our modern context. Participants should bring a Bible, notebook and writing utensil.



Time: 11:00am-12:15pm  Room: 130 (40 max.)  Instructor: Bob Stoddard

Number of weeks: 6 (January 27-March 3)

Description: What does Jesus say is the distinguishing characteristic of an authentic Christ follower? He says it is the way we love each other. If we identify ourselves as Christ followers, then why is it so difficult for us to both give and receive love? What is love, and what are some of the obstacles that keep us from loving well? This class will dig below the surface to examine, ponder, and wrestle with this important letter and help us discover that loving God, loving ourselves and loving others are inseparable.  Participants should bring a Bible and writing utensil.



Time: 11:00am-12:15pm  Room: 124 (20 max.)  Instructor: Scott Shafer

Number of weeks: 10 (January 27- March 31) 


How do you extract relevant truth and meaning from the biblical text? Using the small books of Habakkuk and Philemon, this class will help students flex and grow their Bible-interpretation muscles. The purpose? To unleash the transformative power of the Bible by helping participants better understand and apply it to their own lives and well as those of the people they disciple. We want to avoid having knowledge for its own sake, but seek true transformation through the humble study of God’s Word.



Time: 9:30am  Room: 124 (20 max.)  Instructor:  Ken Taylor

Number of weeks: 12  (January 27-April 14)

Description: The book of Genesis answers the question of identity that is central to being human: Why am I here? It provides people of faith with a biblical worldview that addresses where we come from, where we are going, and how to interact with others along the way. This class will study the book of Genesis in its historic and literary context with special emphasis on God’s interactions with his people and his activity in the world.

Additional Option: A more in depth 2.5 hour class for twelve weeks

Time: 6:30 - 9:00pm  Room: 128 at McKinley   Number of weeks: 12 (Thursday, January 31 - April 18)

Sunday Classes at South Creek



Time: 11:00  Room: Living Room (Educational Building across parking lot)  Instructor: Dan Wheeler

Number of weeks: 12 (January 27-April 14)

Description: Do you struggle with how to read the Bible? After all, the Bible is a massive book, and there are a lot of ways to approach it. This course will provide you with some practical ways of how to read and understand the bible by studying the book of James. Participants will learn the historical and biblical context of Scripture to not only gain insights but also know how to practically apply the Bible to everyday life. Participants should bring a Bible and purchase the study manual titled James by Max Lucado (approximately $5).



Time: 11:00am-12:15pm  Room: The Loft at South Creek (2nd Floor)  Instructor: Deborah Wallmeyer

Number of weeks: 8 (February 3 - March 24) 

Description: Being a Christian is a statement about what Christ has done for me; being a disciple is a statement about what I am doing for Christ. As a disciple, how am I to obey Christ’s greatest commandment as outlined in Matthew 22:37-40, where Jesus says that the two most important commandments are to love God with all your heart, soul and mind and to love others? Each week we will explore its components of heart (save), soul (heal), mind (train), and loving others (send) to see how they are interconnected to cultivate wholeness.


We are developing a partnership with Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky to offer two different year-long educational tracks at THE HUB, one in leadership and the other in theology. These tracks will be an incredible opportunity for anyone, including spiritually mature middle and high school students. Also, for anyone whose workplace requires professional development, these courses culminate in a certificate that counts toward CEUs (Continuing Education Credits). 

To view the video of the Information Session at Bayview Chapel CLICK HERE.

To download the Information Packet click : LeadershipandTheologyInstitutesInfo.Packet-1.pdf

To register for the Leadership or Theology Institutes offered through Watermark U in January, click the link below. Registration deadline is January 11.

Educational Track Scholarship Fund: If you would like to make a financial contribution to the Watermark U Scholarship fund so that the cost does not prohibit anyone from participating, please utilize one the following options (and THANK YOU!):

  • make out a check payable to Watermark Wesleyan Church and put “Watermark U Scholarship” in the memo space. Please mail your check to Watermark Wesleyan Church 4999 McKinley Parkway Hamburg, NY 14075. 
  • CLICK HERE to give directly to the Watermark U Scholarship Fund via secure, online giving.

Financial Scholarship: If you are in need of a financial scholarship for Watermark U, please contact Becky Beers at bbeers@watermarkwesleyan.com