Reid Hettich

I didn’t expect this

I didn’t expect this

When God called me to lead a church plant in a poverty stricken, urban part of our community, I was eager to be a part of an intentionally multiethnic church. But I didn’t realize the extent of the ethnic diversity in our city: about 180 different languages spoken in...
A dark place and a big God

A dark place and a big God

One of my oldest friends, Mike, recently lost his 25-year-old son. Mike was my very first best friend. We went to swimming lessons together, played superheroes together, went to “Herbie the Love Bug” movies together and for much of our young lives went to church...
Wesleyans in the news: September 27

Wesleyans in the news: September 27

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. North Carolina church to open coffee shop United City in Greensboro, North...
Remembered: September 27, 2018

Remembered: September 27, 2018

The following is a listing of Wesleyan pastors, missionaries and leaders who have passed away. These notices were received September 14 – September 27. Rev. Wilbur Key (77) died September 21. He pastored churches in South Carolina. Alma Robertson (97) died August 29....
2018 TWC statistics reinforce need to fill the Gospel Gap

2018 TWC statistics reinforce need to fill the Gospel Gap

The Wesleyan Church (TWC) 2018 statistics show 138,190 members, 235,100 in worship attendance, 30,907 conversions and 11,560 baptisms. Between 2018 and 2017, membership declined 2.0 percent, attendance declined 2.0 percent, conversions declined 3.8 percent and...
Well-known author to speak in Marion, Indiana

Well-known author to speak in Marion, Indiana

Dr. Colleen Derr, president of Wesley Seminary, extends an invitation to join the faculty and students of Wesley Seminary for a special event featuring Dr. Richard Foster and Nathan Foster at College Wesleyan Church in Marion, Indiana, on Wednesday, September 26, from...
Moving when God speaks

Moving when God speaks

It is so frustrating to speak and have no one move! Typically, my children respond by yelling “we hear you mom” while comfortably sitting carrying on with whatever they were doing. Hearing without action is incomplete. My response to God is usually incomplete when his...
Becoming less

Becoming less

“He must become greater; I must become less” (John 3:30). As I was pondering the above statement from John the Baptist, it brought back a memory of a day when God used one of my sons to humble me just a bit and remind me of who is important and who isn’t. I was...
The Gathering: Keith Carroll’s story

The Gathering: Keith Carroll’s story

Rev. Keith Carroll, associate pastor at Mt. Zion Wesleyan Church in Thomasville, North Carolina, has been a minster for 38 years. In almost three decades, he has only missed one year of The Gathering, because he sees it as a time of encouragement, insight and...
Wesleyans in the news: September 13

Wesleyans in the news: September 13

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 church’s partnership is helping change community The partnership...
Remembered: September 13, 2018

Remembered: September 13, 2018

The following is a listing of Wesleyan pastors, missionaries and leaders who have passed away. These notices were received August 31 – September 13. Edna Johnson (94) died August 29. She served as a missionary in Japan. View other Remembered posts. To submit the...
Call to prayer: Hurricane Florence 

Call to prayer: Hurricane Florence 

According to today’s forecast for Hurricane Florence, 23.7 million residents of the Carolinas and Virginia are in the path of the Category 4 storm. Nearly 30,000 of those residents attend Wesleyan churches. Thanks to diligent meteorologists and the media, residents in...
IWU makes history with first-ever football game

IWU makes history with first-ever football game

Indiana Wesleyan University football played its long-anticipated first game in program history on Saturday, Sept. 1, vs. Taylor University. Over 6,000 fans packed Wildcat Stadium for the sold-out inaugural game. IWU led by 14 points in the first quarter and had a...
A flat tire paves the way for Oklahoma Wesleyan University

A flat tire paves the way for Oklahoma Wesleyan University

One hundred nine years. Seven antecedents. Five generations. Two denominations. One OKWU. Oklahoma Wesleyan University has a unique history — spanning a wide geographic and generational range, the result of a series of mergers between Bible colleges in California,...
Remembered: August 30, 2018

Remembered: August 30, 2018

The following is a listing of Wesleyan pastors, missionaries and leaders who have passed away. These notices were received August 17 – August 30. Rev. Timothy McGuire (65) died August 16. He pastored in Iowa. Rev. Larry Womelsdorf (80) died August 18. He was serving...
Wesleyans in the news: August 30

Wesleyans in the news: August 30

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. Chicago Tribune pays tribute to oldest known Wesleyan Merle Phillips, a...
Oldest Wesleyan passes away

Oldest Wesleyan passes away

The Wesleyan Church is celebrating the life of one of its most faithful lay persons, Merle Phillips, who died August 18. She was 111. Phillips is assumed to be the oldest known Wesleyan. She attended One Church, a Wesleyan congregation in Wheaton, Illinois, since...
Michigan church blesses two plants financially

Michigan church blesses two plants financially

A core value at Thrive Church in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, is intentional multiplication. We envision having a transforming presence in 10 area ZIP codes in 10 years’ time. We see value in multiplication locally and globally, in various modes: church plant,...
The Gospel Gap

The Gospel Gap

In Simon Sinek’s book, Start With Why,1 he unfolds a why/what/how framework. The “why” is the heart of the matter, and what energizes change. In the words of my friend, Duffy Smith, “the ‘why’ gives permission to the ‘what.’” I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the...
Church proves drive-ins aren’t just for movies

Church proves drive-ins aren’t just for movies

Summer Sunday mornings at Armbrust Wesleyan Church in Hunker, Pennsylvania, are a little different than your average church. Every Sunday morning, June through August, many worshippers can gather early and park in a lower level parking lot with cars all facing a small...
Remembered: August 16, 2018

Remembered: August 16, 2018

The following is a listing of Wesleyan pastors, missionaries and leaders who have passed away. These notices were received August 3 – August 16. Dr. Bruce Smith (67) died July 7. He pastored in California. Dr. Paul Wood (88) died August 4. He served as the director of...