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African American Discipleship
A leader with over twenty-eight years of service in ministry and community, Dr. Meredith L. Griffin Jr. is the lead and founding pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Wilmington, Delaware. Ever active in ecclesiastical and secular communities, Dr. Griffin has served on numerous boards, committees, and commissions. Dr. Griffin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Hampton University, a Master of Divinity degree from Biblical Theological Seminary, and an earned Doctor of Ministry degree from Regent University.
Always seeking to equip others as a coach and teacher, Dr. Griffin has taught graduate students at several universities and seminaries. He is the author of the forthcoming book Manifest the Masterpiece: A Blueprint to Achieving the World-Changing Purpose Inside of You. Dr. Griffin serves as CEO of Aspire and Achieve, LLC, a coaching and personal development company that helps couples, and organizational leaders fulfill their potential and accomplish their purpose. Dr. Griffin has committed his, almost three-decade, career to helping individuals, leaders, and couples actualize who God has created them to be, what God has created them to do, and the context where their unique purpose is best achieved.
Dr. Griffin resides in Newark, Delaware with his wife Doris L. P. Griffin, Ed.D. They have two children, Rolanda Natalie and Meredith Lee, III.
Pastor Johel Rodriguez is from San José, Costa Rica. He and his wife have 3 children. Johel has a heart for church planting, that is what brought him to the United States, helping his cousin plant a Hispanic church in Indiana. He also planted a Latino church in SC and is currently planting a church in NC. Right now, he is working with his church district to unite all of the Latino pastors to have a vision for multiplication. In his free time, he enjoys watching soccer and camping with his family.
El pastor Johel Rodríguez es originario de San José, Costa Rica. Él y su esposa tienen 3 hijos. Johel tiene un corazón para plantar iglesias, eso fue lo que lo trajo a los Estados Unidos. Él iba a estar ayudando a su primo a plantar una iglesia hispana en Indiana.
A su vez, plantó una iglesia latina en Carolina del Sur y, actualmente, está plantando una iglesia en Carolina del Norte.
En este momento, está trabajando con el distrito al cual pertenece su iglesia para unir a todos los pastores latinos de modo que tengan una visión de multiplicación.
En su tiempo libre, le gusta ver fútbol y acampar con su familia.
Richard Meeks is the co-founder and Head Coach of Messenger Ministries, where he coaches revitalizing pastors and their teams to live and lead with purpose – on purpose. He has been formally engaged with church revitalization for over 30 years, serving as a local church pastor, a District Superintendent, and a denominational leader in The Wesleyan Church. His experience also includes serving as a member of the national ReFocusing team with Church Resource Ministries. He is a Certified Christian Leadership Coach and Grip-Birkman coach trainer. Richard is passionate about strengthening pastors and mobilizing the church for Kingdom mission and multiplication through revitalization. Richard and his wife, Crystal, live in Noblesville (IN) near their kids and grandkids.
In 2017 Mark O. Wilson joined the faculty of Southern Wesleyan University as Assistant Professor of Discipleship, Multiplication & Renewal. Prior to this, he served for 26 years as senior pastor of Hayward Wesleyan Church, a small-town congregation in the northwoods of Wisconsin. Under his leadership, the church grew significantly and became a catalyst for starting and/or revitalizing several other churches.
Mark’s passion is to encourage pastors and churches to be the best version of who God created them to be. He is the author of two books: Filled Up, Poured Out, and Purple Fish and is currently completing a doctorate in preaching at Wesley Seminary. Mark and his wife, Cathy, have five grown children and live in Central, South Carolina.
Tom & Lydia Hines
Emotionally Healthy Discipleship
Tom and Lydia met at IWU and were married in 1975. They pastored a church in Indiana before following God’s call to missionary service with Global Partners in Latin America. They served 38 years in Honduras, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Ecuador and are currently on special assignment with Global Partners as Hispanic Ministry Consultants. Their lives were impacted by the concepts of Emotionally Healthy Spirituality in 2014, and they have since facilitated the EHS course in both Spanish and English in Latin America and in the United States. They attended an EHS training event led by Pete and Geri Scazzero in the New Life Fellowship church in Queens, New York. They believe that the principles presented in Emotionally Healthy Discipleship are applicable to all Christians and form a paradigm that God uses to transform those who live by it.
Dan Walker is a strategist and consultant with CaminoRoad, a company focused on developing individuals and organizations in the areas of leadership, culture and praxis. Dan is an ordained minister in the Wesleyan church and has 20 years of church, nonprofit, and community development leadership experience. Dan is pursuing a doctorate in Urban Ministry Leadership at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago and serves as an adjunct professor at Wesley Seminary.
Pastor Megan has served for the past 11 years in the Western New York District of the Wesleyan Church as Assistant Pastor in a community impacting rural church. She has also served as the WNY District Children’s Ministry Director. The main focus of her ministry has been reaching the lost and working diligently to disciple both children and adults helping them solidify, grow, and share their relationship with God. One of her passions is reaching her community for Jesus through ministries such as food pantry ministry, holiday assistance programming, and children’s ministry outreach events. Pastor Megan most recently accepted the call to be the new Lead Pastor at Shelbyville Wesleyan Church in Kentucky where she is now currently serving.
Suk May Yei
Suk May Yei, serves at Eastern Hills Wesleyan Church in Western NY as Pastor of Cross-Cultural Ministries.
Born and raised in Asia under both Chinese and British Culture. Worked in the Banking industry for twenty-eight years in Asia and USA; also served in a multiethnic home church as lay leader for 14.5 years in New York City; before responding to the Lord’s call to vocational ministries.
Current ministry focus:
Prayer, one-on-one discipleship, and connection.
Take in disciples through prayers. Build disciple with a scriptural-based duplicable/reproducible method so that they can share Gospel and make disciples in cross-cultural, cross-generational, cross-socioeconomic, cross-gender, and cross lay and clergy context. Striving for multiplication exponentially!
Tammie Myslivecek is Roberts 1990 graduate with a Bachelor’s in Social Work and a 2019 Northeastern Seminary graduate with a Masters of Arts in Theology and Social Justice. For my internship I served the Wesleyan District in the area of compassion and shared a webinar on how hospitality is the key to continuing Jesus’ kingdom work to reconciling the vulnerable to His church. My heart is for families and raising up Godly children through the example of Godly marriage. I am a life learner called to share what I have been honored to learn as I fumble, sit, walk and stand through life with the Master Teacher.
Family is a big deal. My highest calling is being a Mom, Sister and Wife. I love my husband, Dean, of 27 years! He is a High School Science teacher and Track/XCountry coach. I am honored to witness the Love of God through Dean and to co-coach a great team of kids in life. We miss our oldest son, Daniel, dearly but learned much about God and living in how he lived his short 16 years here. I know he walks close by, some days just not close enough. Our daughter Alyssa and her husband Joshua had our first grandson, Michael who will be two in August. Being Michael’s Mimi has brought the new adventure of raising Godly grandchildren and what a joyful journey it is. Abigal graduated in May with her Masters in Social Work. I have not stopped learning about God and faith and training up children since the moment this child was conceived. Together we have learned what it means to love and be loved by those in one of the most vulnerable communities, LGBTQ. Our youngest is David, who will be married in April 2021 to Erica. We are richly blessed by each of them.
I served on the board at Gates Wesleyan and teach various Christian Living Classes. I have played my flute for 40 years and enjoy God’s presence and movement most while playing for Him. I am a sporadic blogger (circlingwords.blogspot.com) when time permits between working and home living. I have finished a children’s book and hope to do more in the area of devotionals, articles and maybe more children’s books. Recently part of my story has been published on loveandleadpublishing.com.
Shalom Liddick is a Nigerian born, Belizean raised and currently living in Tucson, Arizona. She is the pastor of Resurrection Life Church AZ, a network of house churches. Shalom is a passionate lover of Jesus and the contemplative life. Yes, she is absolutely that girl. She feels tender towards Jesus Christ! Everything about Jesus moves her: the way He loved outcasts and messy people. She loves the Cross. Shalom often says that if a person does not love Jesus, they don’t know Him.
She is married to Michael with four children, Marlena, Elijah, Jacob, and Destiny. She would love a cat; however, her husband is afraid of having his face eaten off in the night.
She loves writing. Words are her first love because they matter. They take people to another world when they need to go and bring them home when they need to come back.
Together, we can learn to follow Christ authentically. She hopes you’ll join her!
James Rattling Leaf
Native American Discipleship
James, Rattling Leaf, Sr. currently serves as a Cultural Engagement Consultant. He was born on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and is an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. He specializes in developing programs that utilize the interface between Traditional Knowledge and earth system science. He is a Certified Level 1 and Level 2 Associate Trainer in Cultural Intelligence (www.culturalq.com). He serves as a primary resource to Federal Government, Higher Education Institutions and Non-Profits to developing, maintaining positive on-going working relationships with federally and non-federally recognized Indian tribes, Tribal College and Universities and Tribal Communities. He serves as a liaison by providing leadership for the development and implementation of Tribal Government relationship strategies and action items. He utilizes all forms of communication skills to inform, explain, recommend, and analyze actions pertaining to tribal issues and implications through on-going communications with local, regional level tribes, organizations and communities located through the US. He received a B.A. in Lakota Studies from Sinte Gleska University, Rosebud Sioux Reservation, South Dakota. He has been married for 28 years and has four sons. Finally, he is the founder of the Awakening the Giant Ministries which will focus on the contextualization of the gospel for American Indian people in particular the Lakota people of the Great Plains.
I attend Fountain Springs Church, Rapid City, SD.
Wesleyan Worship Project
Josh Lavender is the Worship Director of Trinity Wesleyan Church in Indianapolis, IN. Josh is currently completing his doctorate in worship studies at the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies. Josh founded the Wesleyan Worship Project 2018 and continues to promote spiritual formation and songwriting for worship.