Who we are.
What we're about.

Where You Are Church is an online church, with people all over the world seeking to Love God & Love People together.

Our Mission.

We believe with all our hearts that you were made for a purpose, and that you're not meant to pursue that purpose alone.

The ultimate expression of your God-given purpose will only be on full display when you’re living in community with God and those around you.

Our mission is to build a movement of people who strive to love God and people better everyday.

We believe that in this pursuit we will see souls saved, chains broken, lives changed, and people living fulfilled in the promises of God.
Our Story
1966–1992: Waldorf Wesleyan Church
In 1966 the Huffs, a retired missionary couple, moved to Waldorf, Maryland and decided to open a church in their home.  They founded what would become Waldorf Wesleyan Church in their living room. When the church outgrew their living room they petitioned the county to build a church on their property.  This request was denied, so they asked if they could build a garage.  Once given permission they built a garage that could seat 100 people, and Waldorf Wesleyan Church had its first home.
1992–1999: New Life Wesleyan Church
In 1992 Pastor Dan Tilley began to lead the congregation to a new future. The building and property were sold and a new property was purchased on 301 South in LaPlata, Maryland.  Over the next few years a building was built on the current property and New Life Wesleyan Church had its new home.
1999–2020: NewLife Network
In 1999 Pastor Mike and Tina Hilson moved to La Plata, Maryland from North Carolina to become the pastoral family at NewLife.  Starting with about 100 people who were committed to the growth of the church, growth began to take hold.  Over the next 20 years the church grew to over 2,000 attendees and planted more than 10 churches in the region with a combined attendance in excess of 5,000.  The church also was active in missions and launched IMPACTO and Nueva Vida offering compassion ministries and planting more than 20 churches in Guatemala.
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In 2020 the Covid 19 pandemic changed everything.  Seeing the value of a focused freestanding online church community NewLife launched NewLife @ Your House under the leadership of Pastor Mike and Pastor Dave Sylvain. The church was then renamed it to WhereYouAre.Church. Today WYAC serves people all across the US and is seeing life change and growth in ways that could not have been imagined only a few years ago.

Our Beliefs

What we believe about God, His Word, and our role as His Church.

If you have more questions about any of our beliefs, you can schedule a time to talk with one of our pastors.

Biblical Authority
The Bible is God’s holy Word. It uniquely and infallibly reveals God’s plan for His people and how to live out that plan, individually and corporately. Beliefs, practices, priorities, and our mission are to be anchored in clear biblical teachings.
Making disciples is a clear mandate from Christ. This requires a strong missional focus on evangelism and training in spiritual growth and holy living. Done effectively, this will produce and promote growth and health in and among the churches.
Servant Leadership
Wesleyans respect leadership that is placed over them, while realizing that the authority and effectiveness of spiritual leadership is not primarily bestowed, but earned, and is characterized by a loving and willing heart of obedience that serves God and mankind gladly. Wesleyans desire to be leaders in serving.
Faith In The Holy Trinity
We believe in the one living and true God, both holy and loving, eternal, unlimited in power, wisdom and goodness, the Creator and Preserver of all things. Within this unity there are three persons of one essential nature, power and eternity — the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Repentance & Faith
We believe that Christ’s offering of himself, once and for all, through His sufferings and meritorious death on the cross, provides the perfect redemption and atonement for the sins of the whole world, both original and actual. There is no other ground of salvation from sin but that alone. We believe that for men and women to appropriate what God’s prevenient grace has made possible, they must voluntarily respond in repentance and faith. The ability comes from God, but the act is the individual’s.
The Local Church
The denomination exists to help local congregations grow and multiply, be more healthy, and more authentically reflect God’s plan. Local churches are the most fundamental and strategic points of evangelism and discipleship. The challenge of the denomination is to keep finding the best ways to serve, strengthen, and multiply congregations.
Jesus Christ is the defining feature of God’s will and relationship with all humankind. In Christ is found both newness of life and the highest and clearest example for godliness. People made new in Christ find Him to be the source of faith, hope, and love in both the inner life and in our outward actions engaging a world desperate for hope and life.
Unity In Diversity
There is intrinsic value in every person. Biblical unity becomes all the more important and beautiful in the light of the wide-ranging differences in personalities, cultures, races, languages, talents, and perspectives. Finding unity and mutual love in Christ eliminates devaluation and deprivation of life to one another.
We believe that through the disobedience of Adam and Eve sin entered the world and all creation suffered its consequences. The effects of sin include disruption of the relationship between God and humanity, deterioration of the natural order of creation, and exploitation of persons by evil or misguided social systems. The whole of creation groans for redemption.

Each person is born with a proclivity toward sin, manifested in an inordinate orientation toward self and independence from God, leading to deliberate acts of unrighteousness. The residual effects of Adam and Eve’s disobedience include a marred human nature from which arise involuntary shortcomings, faults, infirmities, and imperfect judgments, which should not be accounted the same as willful sin. However, as manifestations of the fallen nature of humanity, these shortcomings of God’s holiness still necessitate the merits of the atonement, the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit, and the self-control of the believer.

Willful sin results when a morally accountable person chooses to violate a known law of God, using freedom of choice to please self rather than obey God.

The consequences of willful sin include a loss of fellowship with God, a self-absorption with one’s own interests rather than love and concern for others, a bondage to things which distort the divine image, a persistent inability to live righteously, and ultimately everlasting misery and separation from God. The atoning work of Christ is the only remedy for sin, whether original, willful or involuntary.

Who's in charge here, anyway? 

Partner With Us

With Jesus as the head of the church, our leaders are less "CEO" and more "Servant."

We're no different than you - sinners saved by grace, seeking to love God and love people.

Maxine Higgins
Executive Assistant
Dave Sylvain
Lead Pastor
Pastor Mike Hilson
Senior Pastor
Antonio Taylor
Alexa Hilson
Worship Leader/Producer
Brian Roach

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