Joshua McNall

Prophet or punk?

Prophet or punk?

“I can testify about them,” wrote the apostle Paul regarding much of Christian Twitter, “that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge” (Rom 10:2). While I have admittedly mangled the techno-context of Paul’s letter to the Romans, the verse...
Fueled by forgiveness

Fueled by forgiveness

Rev. Nick Oliver attended his first Fuel, an event for Next Generations Ministries leaders, pastors and volunteers, in 2017. The worship, encouragement and networking at this event was key for Oliver, Next Generations pastor at LifePoint Church in Waldorf, Maryland....
138th Session of the General Board highlights include new members

138th Session of the General Board highlights include new members

A new member, Rhea Bell, joined The Wesleyan Church General Board for its 138th session, November 13-14, 2018, representing the Northeastern Area. Bell serves as the worship arts director at LifePoint Church in Waldorf, Maryland. Bell volunteered at LifePoint for many...
Wesleyans in the news: November 15

Wesleyans in the news: November 15

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. California church hosts annual Widow’s Luncheon Chester Wesleyan Church in...
Remembered: November 15, 2018

Remembered: November 15, 2018

The following is a listing of Wesleyan pastors, missionaries and leaders who have passed away. These notices were received November 2 – November 15. Rev. Stephen Boardman (66) died November 8. He pastored churches in Indiana. Rev. Jimmy Robbins (81) died November 3....
The Gathering: a turning point

The Gathering: a turning point

Steve Dunmire was a young pastor and father of three children under age three when the first Gathering was held in 2007. Financial restraints would have prevented him and his wife, Tammy, from attending, but their church and district came together to provide the...
SWU commits to no tuition increase for 2019-2020

SWU commits to no tuition increase for 2019-2020

Going against a long-standing national trend, Southern Wesleyan University has announced that it will not increase tuition during the 2019-2020 academic year. As institutions of higher learning across the nation are faced with the need to raise their tuition, Southern...
What Eugene Peterson taught me

What Eugene Peterson taught me

Eugene H. Peterson died October 23, 2018, at age 85. While he is best known for The Message, he was also a prolific author on Christian spiritual formation and pastoral work. I have read 26 books by Peterson, and his writings have profoundly influenced my life and my...
How the Bible came alive for me

How the Bible came alive for me

It wasn’t when I stood on Mount Nebo, where Moses stood to look at the Promised Land, that the Bible came alive for me. From Dan to Gilead, we could see the vast plains, the Dead Sea, the opportunities for vegetation and surrounding mountains. It was breathtaking to...
Living James 1:27 for children who are vulnerable

Living James 1:27 for children who are vulnerable

Six years ago, Rev. Kyle Ray, lead pastor of Kentwood Community Church (KCC) in Kentwood, Michigan, challenged the congregation through a sermon series to be part of the answer in the worldwide orphan crisis. A year after the initial challenge, nearly 100 individuals...
An impossible mix

An impossible mix

Four years ago I was at a great spot in my life. I was in seminary studying what I loved, I was (and still am) happily married to the woman of my dreams. I was on staff at a wonderful church with amazing people who passionately loved Jesus. And we had just bought our...
Wesleyans engage in Hero Maker course

Wesleyans engage in Hero Maker course

Twenty-nine leaders within The Wesleyan Church recently attended the Hero Maker Course with Dave Ferguson of Exponential. A six-week course held in September and October, the Hero Maker course is a follow-up to this year’s Exponential held in Orlando. Ed Love,...
The Gathering: Phil Lewis’ story

The Gathering: Phil Lewis’ story

With 33 years of ministry experience, Rev. Phil Lewis views The Gathering as a time for ministers to be encouraged and sharpened by finding their place in a ministerial community. Lewis’ previous experiences at The Gathering have left him refreshed from fellowship...
Wesleyans in the news: November 1

Wesleyans in the news: November 1

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. Chaplain brings encouragement to Central Florida Rev. Mike Levelle, a...
Remembered: November 1, 2018

Remembered: November 1, 2018

The following is a listing of Wesleyan pastors, missionaries and leaders who have passed away. These notices were received October 12 – November 1. Rev. James Judd (89) died September 19. He was an ordained minister in the Crossroads District. View other Remembered...
Mentoring across the gender gap for the sake of mission

Mentoring across the gender gap for the sake of mission

I have a friend who, somewhat unexpectedly, found herself as the senior pastor of a large, growing church. During her first year, having never been a lead pastor before, she knew she needed help navigating the exciting (and sometimes not so exciting) challenges of...
Little red dots

Little red dots

I’m beginning to wonder if I have adult onset of ADD — attention deficit disorder. My vulnerability to distraction seems to increase substantially. I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve been working on the laptop and need to find a document or double check an...
The Sacred Alliance and Wesley Seminary to host Church Together summit

The Sacred Alliance and Wesley Seminary to host Church Together summit

The annual She Leads Conference, a Missio Alliance Summit, will be live-streamed across the country from Pasadena, California, on November 10, 2018. The Sacred Alliance and Wesley Seminary are hosting a satellite venue at College Wesleyan Church in Marion, Indianan,...
OKWU’s Piper to retire in 2020

OKWU’s Piper to retire in 2020

Dr. Everett Piper has announced his retirement as president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University. He announced the news at the OKWU Board of Trustees meeting on October 11. Retirement will take effect in June 2020. “Oklahoma Wesleyan University owes Dr. Piper a huge debt...
Babby receives OKWU President’s Award

Babby receives OKWU President’s Award

Dr. Stephen Babby is this year’s recipient of the Oklahoma Wesleyan University (OKWU) President’s Award. He is being recognized for his voice of wisdom and biblical faithfulness on the OKWU board, which he has served on for 41 years. Ordained by The Wesleyan Church in...
Remembered: October 11, 2018

Remembered: October 11, 2018

The following is a listing of Wesleyan pastors, missionaries and leaders who have passed away. These notices were received September 28 – October 11. Dr. Melvin Dieter (93) died October 6. He served as the General Secretary for Educational Institutions for The...