Tricia Rife

Wesleyans in the news: April 12

Wesleyans in the news: April 12

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. Mishoe wins Spittal Community Award Phillip Mishoe has been awarded the 2018...
Doubt turns to determination

Doubt turns to determination

Pastor Fernando Martinez and his family moved to Fort Myers, Florida, in December 2017 to plant a church in the United States. He has been in full-time ministry for 26 years, predominantly in Colombia, South America. The transition to the United States has not been an...
Houghton College founded through faithful prayers

Houghton College founded through faithful prayers

The first class of students walked through Houghton College’s doors in September 1884, just months after the school’s charter was signed on April 21,1883. Then called Houghton Seminary, the founder, Willard J. Houghton, never dreamed the institution would become a...
A “rae” of sunshine

A “rae” of sunshine

My husband and I were pregnant with our first baby, and on June 6, 2017, we were going to our 20-week ultrasound appointment. My little bump was starting to show. I felt so much happiness and excitement in expectation of what we would find out. I went to work that day...
One great distinction between managers and leaders

One great distinction between managers and leaders

All great leaders are good managers, but not all great managers are good leaders. This is not an article that lifts up leaders and devalues managers. Management is an essential function, and managers are highly valued members of the team. There are differences,...
Where is God leading me to change?

Where is God leading me to change?

Where is God leading me to change? If we don’t know the answer to this, then it’s difficult to move forward towards wholeness in the discipleship journey. In his book, Failing Forward, John Maxwell provides a helpful insight into the reasons why people change. People...
Living in the “what is”

Living in the “what is”

I couldn’t stop pacing the floor of my son’s hospital room. It was Sunday night and Andrew, age four, hadn’t eaten since Friday. Everything he put in his mouth, including ice chips, came right back up. At this point, he had nothing left in his...
Wesleyans in the news

Wesleyans in the news

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. IWU set to host FUSION 2018 Indiana Wesleyan University will host its annual...
OKWU alumni continue to excel in education field

OKWU alumni continue to excel in education field

Oklahoma Wesleyan University has a long and proud tradition of training future educators to succeed in the classroom. While these students can now be found all over the globe, many choose to remain close to their OKWU home, serving with Bartlesville Public Schools...
Remembered: March 24, 2018

Remembered: March 24, 2018

The following is a listing of Wesleyan pastors and leaders who have passed away. These notices were received March 12-23. Rev. Johnnie R. Blair, Sr. (70) died March 11. He served as pastor of Crossroads Community Wesleyan Church in Holton, Indiana. Rev. Oliver “Bud”...
Ten years of “Overflowing” in the community

Ten years of “Overflowing” in the community

Ten years ago, a church of six people was planted in the Benton Harbor and St. Joseph, Michigan, area. Today, Overflow Church is a flourishing, multi-cultural church that has birthed many ministers and ministries. Overflow Church began through a clear calling to “seek...
Immigrant Connection continues to expand impact

Immigrant Connection continues to expand impact

Immigrant Connection has 18 offices within The Wesleyan Church (TWC) with eight more locations actively engaged in the application process. The newest Immigrant Connection offices in Spartanburg, South Carolina (extension site), Carney’s Point, New Jersey, and Wesley...
Sacred Alliance elevates mutual ministry

Sacred Alliance elevates mutual ministry

An initiative formed to promote the role of women in ministry within The Wesleyan Church has a new home—and a new name. The Center for Women in Ministry established 10 years ago is now known as the Sacred Alliance. The initiative was birthed at Southern Wesleyan...
Holy Week and (brain)washed vegetables

Holy Week and (brain)washed vegetables

Raw spinach. That was the item my two-year-old son picked up the other night at dinner and began to wave about with frantic glee: “Hosanna!” he shouted repeatedly. Like any self-respecting parent, I caught the act of random holiness on video and posted it to social...
Kirche or ekklesia?

Kirche or ekklesia?

In his book Deep and Wide: Creating Churches Unchurched People Love to Attend, Andy Stanley reminds us that the original word for church is ekklesia. Ekklesia means a gathering of people united by common identity and purpose. Men and women meeting at the union hall of...
Wesleyans in the news

Wesleyans in the news

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. Construction on riding arena underway at Houghton Construction has begun on...
Small actions matter

Small actions matter

One of the responsibilities I’ve* taken on at the community center my wife and I volunteer at is taking care of the grounds. During the winter, that is synonymous with one thing: snow removal. The community center is in a high-traffic area for people walking in the...
Professor celebrates first anniversary of after-school program

Professor celebrates first anniversary of after-school program

Indiana Wesleyan University’s Dr. Amanda Drury, professor of youth ministries and practical theology, will soon be celebrating the one-year anniversary of The Brain Kitchen, an after-school program that she founded for the purpose of mentoring low-income elementary...
Remembered: March 12, 2018

Remembered: March 12, 2018

The following is a listing of Wesleyan pastors and leaders who have passed away. These notices were received February 26-March 11. Rev. Jack Cooper (88) died March 1. He pastored seven Wesleyan churches in Michigan. Rev. Don Dawalt (87) died February 27. He pastored...