Jo Anne Lyon

Race and the American Church

Race and the American Church

The faculty of the John Wesley Honors College (JWHC) at Indiana Wesleyan University join with much of the world in mourning the senseless killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, and recognize that their recent deaths are part of a centuries-long...
Racial reconciliation and reconnection

Racial reconciliation and reconnection

Over the past weeks, I have been in dialogue with our pastoral leaders in the Pacific Southwest District (PSW) via our Zoom. The June conversations were primarily about how we, as individuals, churches and a movement, might address systemic racism and racial...
Tennessee church driven to disciple

Tennessee church driven to disciple

My family was on vacation in the Great Smoky Mountains when we learned of the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic that has taken the world by storm. We came home to a very different situation than we had left. Our district superintendent, Rev. Aaron Sherman,...
Embracing our humanity

Embracing our humanity

I was at a church planting assessment center (CPAC) in Tuscon, Arizona, in January with several church planting candidates. On the last day of the CPAC, I was sharing a devotional titled “The Five Things I’ve Learned About Church Planting” from our past four years of...
Wesleyans in the news: July 16 

Wesleyans in the news: July 16 

Each week, Wesleyans and Wesleyan churches are featured in online news publications. If you see a news item that relates to Wesleyans, please forward the link to communications@wesleyan.org.  Indiana pastor discusses churches’ role in overcoming racism   Rev. Chris...
Hope and fertile ground in Virginia community

Hope and fertile ground in Virginia community

Situated in the shadows of the Blue Ridge Mountains stands Brookhill Wesleyan Church (BWC). Founded on October 16, 1983, in Forest, Virginia, the original charter members determined that BWC should be God’s lighthouse, a place where people could find God and be...
FLAMA expands to meet Hispanic ministerial needs

FLAMA expands to meet Hispanic ministerial needs

Español Since 2002, FLAMA (Fraternidad Latinoamericana de Adiestramiento Ministerial Alternativo) has offered Hispanic ministerial students a pathway toward licensed and ordained ministry in The Wesleyan Church (TWC). Since its inception, FLAMA has included intensive...
Iowa mom spends her days investing in others 

Iowa mom spends her days investing in others 

The time had come for Lindsay Phipps’ third child to head to kindergarten in the fall of 2018. A stay-at-home mom in Altoona, Iowa, Phipps began to wonder what her time would look like with all three kids out of the house.   She began to pray and Psalm 90:17 came to...
South Dakota pastor engages with faith leader about racism

South Dakota pastor engages with faith leader about racism

Rev. Keith Loy, founding and senior pastor of Celebrate Church in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, recently talked to Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner in an interview touching on the challenges of racism. Williams-Skinner is a faith and community leader, advisor and author with...
Lost boys of America: riots, rage & redemption

Lost boys of America: riots, rage & redemption

 Learn more about Voices blogs   “A riot is the language of the unheard.” — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “Those that make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. “ — John F. Kennedy “The child who is not embraced by the village will burn...
Box filled with cash blesses Utah pastor and wife

Box filled with cash blesses Utah pastor and wife

I’m a co-pastor at Utah Valley Church (UVC), in Spanish Fork, Utah. My wife, Shanae, and I planted UVC with Matthew and Chandra Anderson in 2015. We live in Utah County, which has half a million residents. Of that half a million, less than one half of one...
Missouri church praying through pandemic

Missouri church praying through pandemic

Nearly nine years after it began, regular prayer meetings at a Missouri church are still going strong, in spite of COVID-19. The Caruthersville Wesleyan Church (CWC) in Caruthersville, Missouri, began its Tuesday night prayer meeting on September 13, 2011, spurred on...
Wrestling with God

Wrestling with God

Chera, my wife, was glaring at me with the type of fire normally reserved for people who tell her Christmas music should wait till after Thanksgiving. “God is good,” she said. I nodded, more than slightly annoyed. “Say it,” still glaring. “God is good,” I...