As a denomination who affirms women in ministry, there are often questions that arise for those within and outside of our tribe. How affirming are we really? How do you we have the conversation about race, faith and leadership given the intersection of gender that poses different obstacles and opportunities?
Come hear leaders from all over our denomination talk about their experience and share a vision of how we can blaze a new path that includes and supports women at every level of leadership.
Our Panelists are
- Lena Crouso - Indian (IWU)
- Cheryl Arguello - Native (Rapids City, SD)
- Johanna Rugh - Hispanic (Los Angeles, CA)
- Elizabeth Moyer - African American (Charlotte, NC)
- Suk May Yei - Asian (Eastern Hills)
- Emily Miller - White (Greenville, SC)
Our Hosts will be
- Kim Gladden (The Wesleyan Church)
- Josmar Trent (The Wesleyan Church)
Rev. Dr. Lena Crouso holds a doctorate in Multicultural Christian Counseling from Andersonville Theological Seminary and holds two Education degrees: Educational Counseling from University of Central Florida and Leadership/Curriculum Design from Stetson University. Currently she is completing a second doctorate in Transformational Leadership and Culture from The Bakke Graduate University.
She is a member of the Indiana Wesleyan University community where she serves as Dean for the Office of Intercultural Learning and Engagement on the IWU-Marion Campus. As a professor of Intercultural Studies, she is affiliate faculty for the School of Theology and Ministry and the John Wesley Honors College. In addition, she leads the All India Wesleyan Alliance Initiative for the University.
Her research and writing focuses on intercultural, holistic pathways of community reconciliation for domestic and international equity and justice. She and her husband Kendall lead a house church movement in their community and are the joyful parents of three grown daughters, Kayla, Chloe, and Addie, all who share a love for Christian service here and in India.
Rapids City, SD
Rev. Cheryl Arguello was born in Cheyenne WY, but grew up in Rapid City, SD, where she has lived most of her life. She came to know the Lord at the age of 16, while she was at Tongue Point Job Corps in Astoria, OR. The next three years found her at Brainerd Indian School Bible College growing in the grace and knowledge of Christ. Cheryl was one of the founders in 1982 of the Corner Stone Rescue Mission where she continues to volunteer. She has also worked with Child Evangelism Fellowship, reaching Lakota children both in Rapid city and on the reservations.
In 2008, Cheryl felt let to continue the process for ordination and completed her studies through FLAME. She hopes to one day obtain an MA in Divinity or Ministry and Leadership. In 2014, following 4 years of serving at Lakota Chapel in Pierre, SD, she and Tito, her husband, relocated to Rapid City, where Cheryl currently serves as the Family Life Pastor at Word of Hope. Cheryl has a heart for Missions and for the Native American People. Her desire is to see people come to know Christ and be set free from the bondage of sin.
Currently, Cheryl has resigned from her position at East Middle School as Secretary to the Principal, to pursue Ministry full time. It is a step of faith she has felt led to take, to open more doors for ministry.
Elizabeth Moyer is pursuing a Master of Divinity at Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University. She has a heart for teaching the faith, rural communities and reclaiming the missional identity of the Church. Elizabeth endeavors to weave her professional experience in human resources, grant and project management into her ministry. She currently serves in the NC West District of the Wesleyan Church. Elizabeth currently resides in Charlotte, NC with her husband Adam and their son Connor. She blogs at www.faryetclose.com and contributes to www.annesleywriters.com
Emily Miller is one of the pastors at Greenville Multicultural and an employee at the local elementary school in the same community. She has served in local church ministry and also as a houseparent to at-risk teenage boys. Emily and her husband (Matt), along with their 3 children, moved to the neighborhood 4 years ago, and 2 years later, began pastoring the church, located in a diverse, under-resourced neighborhood. The church is transitioning from an all-white drive-in church to a multi-ethnic parish church with a focus on living out a holistic gospel. Emily is passionate about teaching Scripture, practicing hospitality, and working with community organizations and neighbors to see His kingdom come here as it is in heaven.
Suk May Yey
Eastern Hills, NY
Suk May Yei was born and raised in Hong Kong under both Chinese and British culture. Worked in the Banking industry in Hong Kong then New York City for twenty eight years before responding God's call to full time ministry. Accepted Christ in her early years in NYC and served as the lay leader at her NYC home church (Multi-ethnic: Chinese, English and Spanish) for fourteen and a half years. After graduating from seminary and then serving the Eastern Hills Wesleyan Chinese Church for two years, Suk May is now the Ministerial Intern at the Eastern Hills Wesleyan Church focusing in Spiritual Formation Prayer aspects, serving people of Chinese and other ethnicity background.
Los Angeles, CA
Pastor Johanna Rugh serves as the Assistant District Superintendent of the Hispanic District in the Pacific Southwest. She is also the Director for the Equip Component in the Immigrant Connections. She is in the process to be accredited under BIA with the plans to begin a Centro de Ayuda al Inmigrante at El Monte Wesleyan church, her home church where she is an assistant pastor. She is currently working in the outreach ministry by identifying adequate social and community resources for the immigrant and non-immigrant members of the church and the community. She is also working alongside with the Miramonte Elementary School with the Latino Literacy Program for the community parents where they acquire the necessary training to help their children in their day-to-day school assignments.
Robyn Afrik is a National Certified Global Career Development Facilitator (G.C.D.F.) endorsed by the National Career Development Association, (NCDA) the National Employment Counseling Association (NECA) and the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP).
Robyn is a thought leader and speaker on topics of leadership, diversity, international adoption and race relations. She served as host and committee member for The Gathering, a bi-annual event fostering inclusivity and diversity for over 200 professional Michigan community members representing various countries and cultures from around the world. Robyn is a swim mom to three children and wife to a family living in a town that celebrates a rich Dutch heritage. She does this, represented as a Korean Adoptee, married to a West African while building a more inclusive community wherever she goes. Robyn has lived and traveled in various places such as Senegal, West Africa, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Seoul, Korea.