Tricia Rife

Remembered: June 29, 2018

Remembered: June 29, 2018

The following is a listing of Wesleyan pastors, missionaries and leaders who have passed away. These notices were received June 16 – 29. Rev. Kaye Bush (73) served as a pastor in Michigan. Rev. Keith Coffey (79) served as a pastor in various churches. Rev. Gary Tesh...
Wesleyans in the news: June 28

Wesleyans in the news: June 28

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. Pastor leaving church to plant a new one Rev. Lisa Gervais is leaving Truro...
Moving pastors to ordination in Mozambique

Moving pastors to ordination in Mozambique

We find it amazing how the Lord is working in the Mozambican Wesleyan Church. In the past thirteen years, the Xai-Xai Wesleyan Bible College graduated more than 200 students who are now pastoring churches in all 11 provinces of our country. The majority of our...
What mutual submission looks like in practice

What mutual submission looks like in practice

Many Christians, certainly most egalitarians, are familiar with Ephesians 5:21, “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ” (NIV). But as well-known as this passage is, it’s still common to wonder what mutual submission actually looks like in practice. Here’s...
Do you have to believe in Jesus to be saved?

Do you have to believe in Jesus to be saved?

“Pastor Mike … ” He paused for a moment with tears welling up. “I grew up in the church and lately I am having a hard time believing that all this could be true. Don’t hear me wrong, I want to believe! I just can’t. It all seems too good to be true. I feel like I am...
God honors your NO

God honors your NO

I’ve learned in my journey with God that every single time I say no to something that would interfere with what I believe God’s call in my life is, he honors that “no” with taking care of my needs. I want to share about my most recent ministry transition from...
Freedom in prison

Freedom in prison

“Mr. Wormstadt, since it looks like you insist on doing life on the installment plan, I here now give you your next installment to the Nebraska Department of Corrections of 40-60 months.” That’s what the district court judge told me on July 31, 2000. I was in this...
“Made new” in Missouri

“Made new” in Missouri

Rev. Stephen Colaw is excited about the lives that are being “made new” at the church he leads in St. Peters, Missouri, just west of St. Louis. Gateway Church consists of two campuses—a main location and a west campus. Demographics are diverse with various ethnicities...
Join The Wesleyan Church and World Hope for Freedom Sunday

Join The Wesleyan Church and World Hope for Freedom Sunday

Not everyone knows freedom—spiritually, or even physically. The Global Slavery Index reported that globally over 40 million people are subject to modern slavery—more than the entire population of California. One in four of these victims of modern slavery are children....
Suicide in America

Suicide in America

Several years ago, there was a mediocre movie made by M. Night Shyamalan, called The Happening. It was a horror-thriller sort of film, involving hundreds of senseless murders. Yet the twist in The Happening was that the linked-together killings were committed not by a...
Remembered: June 15, 2018

Remembered: June 15, 2018

The following is a listing of Wesleyan pastors, missionaries and leaders who have passed away. These notices were received June 2 – 15. Eula Brown (75) died February 7. She served as a missionary in South America. Elizabeth Karns (85) died May 28. She served in South...
Come fill me again

Come fill me again

I opened the door to a familiar place. Although it’s dark, I know it so well I make my way to the windows instinctively. Pulling back the curtains, the sun streams into the room highlighting a million dancing dust particles taking flight. I grab the sheets covering...
Missionary and pastor learn that God is enough

Missionary and pastor learn that God is enough

I am a Global Partners missionary in Haiti. I struggle, sometimes daily, with what role I have in God’s global plan and wonder if I am making a difference. Living around and being friends with many missionaries, I am surrounded with stories. Wow, the stories. Such...
Wesleyans in the news: June 14

Wesleyans in the news: June 14

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. Houghton baseball player drafted by Atlanta Braves Victor Cavalieri, a recent...
Wesleyans assisting Guatemala volcano victims

Wesleyans assisting Guatemala volcano victims

On Sunday, June 3, Guatemala’s Volcano of Fire (Volcán de Fuego) erupted, engulfing communities in its path and causing thousands of people to be displaced from their homes. A downpour and more volcanic activity to date has made recovery and rescue efforts challenging...
Remembered: June 1, 2018

Remembered: June 1, 2018

The following is a listing of Wesleyan pastors and leaders who have passed away. These notices were received May 19 – June 1. Rev. Charles Horton (84) died March 11. He pastored churches in California. Rev. Roy Straub (92) died May 18. He pastored churches in Ohio,...
Bearing witness

Bearing witness

Have you ever felt paralyzed by the injustice of this world? I have. There are days when I just want to stand up and scream with the inequality all around me. As I listen to people sharing their struggles, I often feel powerless to make a difference. It sometimes...
ONE Conference brings unity and partnership in Canada

ONE Conference brings unity and partnership in Canada

History was made in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, when more than 2,300 middle and high school students and youth leaders gathered together to worship at the ONE Conference. Held May 11-12, 2018, this first-ever student ministry conference was birthed out of an...
Wesleyans in the news: May 31

Wesleyans in the news: May 31

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. Pastor recovering after falling 300 feet Rev. Josh Hawk, pastor at St. Johns...
Choosing Nepal

Choosing Nepal

“When is it OK to put me first?” This was the question presented to my wife, Saundra, and me in a recent conversation. Our response? Our lives are not our own to do with as we wish. We were meant for a much bigger purpose than accumulating things and simply enjoying...
Church pocket change makes big impact

Church pocket change makes big impact

For 13 years, men, women and children at Hyde Wesleyan Church in Clearfield, Pennsylvania, have included a small, yet impactful, form of worship in their Sunday morning service. The “Penny March Offering” occurs every week and is a highlight for all in attendance....
Remembered: May 18, 2018

Remembered: May 18, 2018

The following is a listing of Wesleyan pastors and leaders who have passed away. These notices were received April 28-May 18. William “Curtis” Hall (81) died May 5. He pastored churches in Virginia. Click here to view other Remembered posts. To submit the obituary of...