Micah Kimball

Youth camps influence teens for Christ

Youth camps influence teens for Christ

From David to the apostles, God has been empowering and leading young people for generations to bring glory to his name and transform the lives of those around them — but his work in and through young people didn’t end in biblical times. Across the United States,...
Unleashed behind prison walls

Unleashed behind prison walls

“People are always asking me how I ended up like this, in prison. I was smart when I went to school. I knew a lot of the answers. But school learning wasn’t something I could worry too much about when I was growing up,” said Bryan*, as we sat inside the prison chapel...
Celebrating the first and those to follow

Celebrating the first and those to follow

“Hi, I’m Zach. I just got out of jail yesterday. I want you to know that I’ll be the first one to graduate from The Potter’s House.” He was speaking at the 2018 grand opening of The Potter’s House, a new recovery ministry for men with addiction located in Jennings...
Capacity for exponential impact, as ministries transition

Capacity for exponential impact, as ministries transition

A special relationship has formed between Hephzibah62:4 and the Rescue Mission of Middle Georgia. The sale of the former Hephzibah property on Zebulon Road in Macon, Georgia, had become necessary to retain the organization’s assets and enable the ministry of Hephzibah...
Rocky road becomes newly paved

Rocky road becomes newly paved

Both Anngie and I started our lives in families that believed in God. I grew up in the Catholic Church and attended a Catholic elementary school. Our family attended mass every week. During those younger years, I thought I had a good foundation of the Lord. All my...
Life after falling

Life after falling

On May 26, 2018, I had an accident that would forever change my life. I attempted to ski from the summit of Mt. Hood (in Oregon) and ended up falling about 450 feet to what should have been my imminent death. A 10-hour rescue, involving about thirty individuals from...
Nevada pastor’s family impacting foster care system

Nevada pastor’s family impacting foster care system

Rev. Nick Emery and his wife, Melanie, have long been advocates for vulnerable children, both having served as Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteers, foster parents and eventually becoming the proud parents of three siblings through foster care adoption. Emery...
You are not alone

You are not alone

The Education and Clergy Department of The Wesleyan Church rolled out the red carpet for 25 newly ordained, first appointed pastors and chaplains and pastors who have just transferred from another denomination. In a 24-hour period on October 9 and 10, pastors were...
Dunn inaugurated as OKWU president

Dunn inaugurated as OKWU president

Dr. Jim Dunn has been inaugurated as the sixth president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University (OKWU) since the university’s founding. Equally full of humor and gravity, the ceremony, held October 11, was a poignant celebration of new beginnings for the university. The...
Remembered: October 17, 2019

Remembered: October 17, 2019

The following is a listing of Wesleyan pastors, missionaries and leaders who have passed away. These notices were received through October 3 – October 16. Rev. James Long (71) died April 4. He pastored in Ohio and Virginia. Rev. Mildred Troyer (95) died September 25....
Wesleyans in the news: October 17

Wesleyans in the news: October 17

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. Florida Wesleyan assists in Bahamas, post hurricane Jen Hansard, who attends...
Are you listening?

Are you listening?

“Mom, are you listening to me?” My three kids were very good at parroting back to me my questions to them. I often would say loudly to them when they were toddlers, tweens or teens, “Hey, are you listening to me?” But sometimes they would ask it back. “Mom, are you...
How Scripture, stories and languages intersect

How Scripture, stories and languages intersect

“Hi, I’m trying to master your language, and one of the ways I’m learning is by telling stories. Could I tell you a two-minute story that I learned recently, and maybe you can suggest how I could tell it better?” My family lives in a country where the population is...
Five churches launch in two weeks

Five churches launch in two weeks

On Sunday, September 8, four Wesleyan churches launched in various parts of the United States. Awaken City Church (Boston, Massachusetts) C4 of the Carolinas (Greensboro, North Carolina) RESONATE Wesleyan Church (Texas City, Texas) ONE Church (La Mesa, California) The...
Montana country church sits in the middle of everywhere

Montana country church sits in the middle of everywhere

The most rural church in the Northwest District of The Wesleyan Church began as a tent. Before World War I, no church building existed in the Medicine Rocks, Montana, area. The area’s schoolhouse located in the town of Baker is where Sunday services and Sunday school...
Being present in the “stuff” of people’s lives

Being present in the “stuff” of people’s lives

The greatest pastoral needs often arise during transitions or trauma, when people are most likely to consider matters of life and death. As spiritual questions arise, chaplains are available to help people sift through their pain, process questions about God and...
Wesleyans in the news: October 3

Wesleyans in the news: October 3

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. Building of South Dakota church begins Construction for Black Hills Cowboy...
South Carolina pastor reflects on trip to Bahamas after hurricane

South Carolina pastor reflects on trip to Bahamas after hurricane

As a pastor in Charleston, South Carolina, I always look for ways to serve those in need. My personal goal is to bring hope, healing and health to those locally and globally. So when Dr. Wayne Otto, lead pastor at Providence Wesleyan Church in Summerville, South...
Remembered: October 3, 2019

Remembered: October 3, 2019

The following is a listing of Wesleyan pastors, missionaries and leaders who have passed away. These notices were received through September 12 – October 2. Dr. David Hurd (61) died September 13. He pastored in the Shenandoah District for 40 years. Rev. Orland Johnson...
Michigan church hosts community diversity event

Michigan church hosts community diversity event

A series of diversity events for students, business leaders and faith leaders was led by Operation Transformation, a Bluewater, Michigan, area church cooperative on September 19–21. Three workshops allowed community leaders to gather to discuss and identify ways to...
Holding everything together

Holding everything together

My grandparents grew up during the Great Depression. My dad would remind me of this when, as a kid, my grandmother instructed my brother and me to wash and hang-dry the used tin foil in her kitchen when we were on clean up duty following a family dinner. Similarly, my...
Lesson #10: Humility is essential

Lesson #10: Humility is essential

I was recently asked “Wayne, after 40 years of ministry, what do you think is the greatest spiritual leadership principle?” My answer applies to all of life as well as leadership, and is not original with me, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble”...
30 lessons in 30 years: part three

30 lessons in 30 years: part three

Rev. Charlie Alcock, Youth Ministry professor and director of Youth Ministry Events at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana, reflects on the 30 years he has spent serving in youth ministry in The Wesleyan Church. This is part three in a three-part series....
Lesson # 9: Axioms are anchors

Lesson # 9: Axioms are anchors

Over the years I’d captured some “axioms” as anchor points in ministry. We have developed axioms for how we function as a team at The Wesleyan Church Headquarters, but I also have about a dozen axioms that are personal and memorable to me. They serve as anchor points...