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Out of the darkness

Out of the darkness

I used to love this time of year. To celebrate the wonder of Christmas as a child and then as an adult, through the eyes of my children, was a joyous delight. I’d have to say that it really changed 17 years ago when my mom died in December. I knew that without her...
The value of seminary education: Dr. Clarence “Bud” Bence

The value of seminary education: Dr. Clarence “Bud” Bence

Dr. Clarence “Bud” Bence has served within the Wesleyan denomination for most of his life.  He first pastored a church in Rochester, New York where many of his congregants would comment on his ability to “teach” the Word rather than “preach” it. From there he was led...
Ten pastors, five questions

Ten pastors, five questions

We wanted to hear and honor the wisdom of Wesleyans serving across the country. So, we asked 10 pastors from 10 different states the same five questions. Here are some of their answers: What’s the biggest challenge and/or opportunity for growth the church is facing...
Kami Mauldin shares her passion for ministry in 3 points

Kami Mauldin shares her passion for ministry in 3 points

Seeing Kami Mauldin’s passion for ministry, you might assume she’s a pastor. But instead, she’s a lay leader in her church congregation, with a vision that each member of the body has a unique and serious calling to ministry. “Sometimes I really feel like a weird...
Braving uncharted waters

Braving uncharted waters

As the first woman to be ordained in Russia in The Wesleyan Church and the first in her family to accept the good news of the gospel, Rev. Larisa Levicheva-Joseph is no stranger to braving uncharted waters. “Everything happens in God’s timing. Going through a time of...
Water is life

Water is life

All over Africa, the phase “water is life” is commonly heard. Even the least educated know this first-hand, because fetching water is a daily task for many. It is normal to walk a far distance to bring back this necessity of life. Unfortunately, the only source of...
Problem of pain

Problem of pain

It feels heartless to justify suffering, to try to find a reason behind the “whys” of life when the subjects of abuse and injustice are often the most vulnerable of all. In January, while living in Poland, I visited former concentration camps, Auschwitz and Birkenau....
On nourishment of the body: an adoptive mother’s thoughts

On nourishment of the body: an adoptive mother’s thoughts

Water. Air. Food. Shelter. Sleep. These are basic elements for the body to survive. But alone, are they enough to nourish the body? I’ve been thinking a lot about the basic elements to survive lately, and I’ve come to the conclusion that indeed, that’s just it: with...
Joining others on the journey: Karen Bates

Joining others on the journey: Karen Bates

A 2008 alumnus of Asbury Theological Seminary, Karen Bates is a minister-of-all-trades. After a career as a newspaper editor, Karen pursued a call to full-time ministry, serving the church as an assistant pastor, ministry coach and communications facilitator. How did...
The World In A City: Buffalo Urban Advocacy

The World In A City: Buffalo Urban Advocacy

Pastors Steve and Ruth Strand have served The Wesleyan Church in all corners of the Western Hemisphere for 30 years. Their latest mission field reaches the world in a single city: Buffalo, NY. Buffalo has one of the highest poverty rates in the U.S., and is also the...
A stony heart

A stony heart

I was on my way to a social holiness retreat. My friend asked me if it was about being holy in your social life? “Sort of,” I replied, to quickly dismiss further questions. That day was one of the most troublesome days of travel I’ve ever had. Twelve hours of...
Disciples Making Disciples  Ministry Spotlight: Ryan Genereaux

Disciples Making Disciples Ministry Spotlight: Ryan Genereaux

“I am excited about mobilizing with the team we have at Maple Ridge Wesleyan. It is neat to see kids who come into youth group and know nothing of God come into a relationship with Him and seek to follow His plan for their life. I love to see ‘disciples making...
Professor Spotlight: Dr. Betty Weatherby, Kingswood University

Professor Spotlight: Dr. Betty Weatherby, Kingswood University

“Worship reveals who we are and where we are as a church, but it also forms us into what we are becoming.”  Dr. Betty Weatherby—a professor at Kingswood University—has a passion to develop students whose understanding of worship extends beyond the surface layer of...
A warrior for the cause of Christ: Dr. Gerald Yellowhawk

A warrior for the cause of Christ: Dr. Gerald Yellowhawk

Known for his quiet ways and love for the Lakota people, Dr. Gerald Yellowhawk (Jerry) continues to work towards his life passion of bringing the good news of Jesus to his people. At 82 years of age, he has finally given up traditional dancing because it is “hard on...
A Warm Welcome at New Pastor Orientation

A Warm Welcome at New Pastor Orientation

This year’s Education and Clergy Development’s New Pastor Orientation welcomed 15 new pastors and their spouses to the Wesleyan community, with times of sharing, networking and advice. On October 11-12, new pastors, their spouses and seasoned Wesleyans met at...
Microwaved salmon with peanut butter

Microwaved salmon with peanut butter

I typically do not like seafood. However, there was one instance when I thoroughly enjoyed eating something that was once a slimy, scaly, rubbery fish. While training at a hockey camp a couple years ago, a player’s father cooked salmon on his barbeque for everyone. I...
A Dedicated Servant Scholar: Dr. Gary Cockeril

A Dedicated Servant Scholar: Dr. Gary Cockeril

“Dr. Gary Cockerill is a passionate and dedicated servant scholar who has given his life to international ministry and to the training and mentoring of pastors, missionaries, and scholars.”        ~Kerry Kind  Godly. Dedicated. Passionate. Servant. These are common...
Exploring Your Life Rhythm

Exploring Your Life Rhythm

Gwen Jackson has a desire to help people live in the freedom that comes when we let go of the expectations that drive our experience with God, and enter into a relationship with him that reflects how he made us. Gwen became a Christian at 10 years old, but in her...
Good Stewards of God’s Creation

Good Stewards of God’s Creation

Have you ever had the Holy Spirit confirm a calling? If so, you know these moments tend to be catalytic for your life trajectory. Brian Webb—the current Sustainability Director at Houghton College—recalls a moment when he was called to lead other believers in the...