Jessica White

Braving uncharted waters

Braving uncharted waters

As the first woman to be ordained in Russia in The Wesleyan Church and the first in her family to accept the good news of the gospel, Rev. Larisa Levicheva-Joseph is no stranger to braving uncharted waters. “Everything happens in God’s timing. Going through a time of...
Joining others on the journey: Karen Bates

Joining others on the journey: Karen Bates

A 2008 alumnus of Asbury Theological Seminary, Karen Bates is a minister-of-all-trades. After a career as a newspaper editor, Karen pursued a call to full-time ministry, serving the church as an assistant pastor, ministry coach and communications facilitator. How did...
The World In A City: Buffalo Urban Advocacy

The World In A City: Buffalo Urban Advocacy

Pastors Steve and Ruth Strand have served The Wesleyan Church in all corners of the Western Hemisphere for 30 years. Their latest mission field reaches the world in a single city: Buffalo, NY. Buffalo has one of the highest poverty rates in the U.S., and is also the...
Higher education administrators meet for a better ministerial future

Higher education administrators meet for a better ministerial future

Collective collegiate collaboration brought the five presidents and board chairs of the Wesleyan college and universities together on Monday, November 13 at The Wesleyan Church World Headquarters, Fishers, Indiana, for this year’s convening of the Wesleyan Education...
Ministerial students encouraged at College Day 2017

Ministerial students encouraged at College Day 2017

It might have been 8 a.m. when College Day 2017 started, but the nearly 70 ministerial students attending were energetic and ready to get a firsthand look at the ins and outs of The Wesleyan Church Headquarters. Students and faculty traveled from the denomination’s...
Breakaway 2017 Refreshes, Renews and Restores Pastor Spouses

Breakaway 2017 Refreshes, Renews and Restores Pastor Spouses

On November 2-4, Education and Clergy Development and Pastors Spouse Connection welcomed over 80 attendees to Breakaway 2017, a conference aimed at helping pastors’ spouses find renewal and relationship. Pastors’ spouses are often caught between vocation...
A Warm Welcome at New Pastor Orientation

A Warm Welcome at New Pastor Orientation

This year’s Education and Clergy Development’s New Pastor Orientation welcomed 15 new pastors and their spouses to the Wesleyan community, with times of sharing, networking and advice. On October 11-12, new pastors, their spouses and seasoned Wesleyans met at...
The most significant relationship

The most significant relationship

Did you know that: research shows pastors are typically use 65 distinct skills, forms of knowledge and character traits in their ministry? on any given day, pastors shift their focus from doing sermon research with the biblical text to crisis counseling; from...
Good Stewards of God’s Creation

Good Stewards of God’s Creation

Have you ever had the Holy Spirit confirm a calling? If so, you know these moments tend to be catalytic for your life trajectory. Brian Webb—the current Sustainability Director at Houghton College—recalls a moment when he was called to lead other believers in the...
Flourishing Conference Explores Clergy Well-Being

Flourishing Conference Explores Clergy Well-Being

The Flourishing in Pastoral Ministry conference took place at Azusa Pacific University on September 23. Co-sponsored by Education and Clergy Development (ECD), this annual, one-of-a kind event is devoted to researchers, professional counselors and others from a...