The Education and Clergy Development Division of The Wesleyan Church:

  • Develops Wesleyan clergy to be healthy, fit and effective from the beginning of the call to the completion of the ministry in order to transform lives, churches and communities through the hope and holiness of Jesus Christ.
  • Advances Wesleyan colleges and universities to be healthy, strong and effective in the mission to educate and develop students who transform lives, churches and communities through the hope and holiness of Jesus Christ.
Russ Gunsalus

Russ Gunsalus

Executive Director, Education & Clergy Development

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Russ Gunsalus

Russ Gunsalus

Executive Director

 

Bio

Executive Director

Russ Gunsalus is the Executive Director of the Education and Clergy Development Division which serves to foster thriving clergy who are healthy, fit and effective from their call to the completion of their ministry and support thriving colleges which transform lives, churches and communities. Russ has a passion for supporting pastors to flourish through education and formation ministries and a deep commitment to strengthening Wesleyan higher education. He most recently served at Indiana Wesleyan University as the associate professor of religion and philosophy and coordinator of the Youth Ministries Program. He was also the chair of the graduate ministry program and one of the co-creators and the founding chief operating officer for Wesley Seminary. Gunsalus served as a youth pastor and solo pastor in Kentucky and Washington D.C. He also worked at The Wesleyan Church World Headquarters in local church education and youth ministry, which gave him opportunity to work with students, young adults, and educational leaders. Gunsalus also served as the editor of CLCL magazine and managing editor of the Wesleyan commentary series. He is a graduate of Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Asbury Theological Seminary, and is currently working on his Ph.D. Dissertation at Purdue University.  Contact Russ by clicking here or by calling 317-774-3911.
 
Russ Gunsalus es el Director Ejecutivo de la División de Educación y Desarrollo del Ministro sirviendo a ministros a ser más efectivos y saludables al llamado en la realización de su ministerio. Él es un graduado de Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Asbury Theological Seminary, y actualmente está realizando su estudio de doctorado en Purdue. Russ tiene una pasión por apoyar a los pastores a estar saludable y efectiva a través de la educación y formación de los ministerios y un profundo compromiso con el fortalecimiento de la educación superior Wesleyana. Hace poco fue a la Universidad de Indiana Wesleyan como profesor de religión y filosofía y coordinador del Programa deMinisterios de la Juventud. Él fue uno de los co-creadores y el jefe de operaciones de la fundación del Seminario Wesley. Gunsalus sirvió como pastor de jóvenes y pastor solitario en Kentucky y Washington DC. También trabajó en la sede mundial de La Iglesia Wesleyana en la educación de la iglesia local y el ministerio de la juventud, que le dio la oportunidad de trabajar con los estudiantes, los adultos jóvenes y los líderes educativos. Gunsalus ha desempeñando como editor de la revista CLCL y jefe redacción de la serie de comentarios Wesleyan. Russ está casado con Cindy y tienen dos hijas, Krista y Kayla.
 
Joel Liechty

Joel Liechty

Director

 

Bio

​Joel Liechty is a Director of Education and Clergy Development for The Wesleyan Church and has a great passion for the quality ministerial education and formation of local church leaders. He’s serves through advancing leadership, residencies, learning communities and experiential learning.  He currently oversees several educational and formational initiatives for pastors and leaders which are aimed primarily at simplifying credentialing in The Wesleyan Church and advancing competency-based ministry education and formation. Joel lives in Flagstaff, Arizona with his wife Stephanie and three boys Eli, Paxton & Wesley.

David Higle

David Higle

Director of Clergy Care

 

Bio

Director, Clergy Development

Originally from Hyde Park, New York, Dave serves as Director of Clergy Care & Development. Although his undergrad studies were in Physical Education, Dave sensed a call to ordained ministry through working in youth camps. After pastoring, Dave taught biblical studies and theology for several years before focusing more specifically on spiritual development as Dean of Christian Formation at Kingswood University for 11 years. He was also the academic dean at Somerset Christian College in New Jersey (now Pillar University). Dave is married to Jane, librarian and archivist for The Wesleyan Church. Their daughter, Carolyn and son-in-law Mackenzie live in Canada. Dave enjoys outdoor adventure of all kinds, but especially cycling and bird watching. Education

B. Sc. Houghton College (Physical Education)

M. Div. Asbury Theological Seminary

Th. M. Princeton Theological Seminary (Theology)

Ph.D. Walden University (Spirituality in Higher Education)

Phone: 317-774-3906

Johanna Rugh

Johanna Rugh

Director of Spanish Ministry Education and Clergy Care

Bio

La Reverenda Johanna Chacón Rugh es una ministra ordenada de La Iglesia Wesleyana. Ella sirvió como Superintendente Asistente del Distrito Hispano del Suroeste de La IW. En dicha posición pudo desarrollar una serie de proyectos para el avance de la JDDM y proveer apoyo a las iglesias y pastores dentro del distrito. Ella actualmente trabaja en con la División de Educación y Desarrollo Ministerial como Directora de Educación Ministerial y Cuidado del Clero de La Iglesia Wesleyana.  Desde esta plataforma, tanto ella junto con un equipo de líderes hispanos dan apoyo y dirección a nuestros Estudiantes Ministeriales Hispanos de cada Distrito. Su pasión es servir al Señor en cualquier área posible como una líder que anima a cada miembro a dar lo mejor para el Reino, especialmente el continuar promoviendo el ministerio de la mujer en todas las áreas de la iglesia.

Rev. Johanna Chacon Rugh is an ordained minister of The Wesleyan Church. She served as the Assistant District Superintendent of the Distrito Hispano del Suroeste of TWC.  As ADS she was able to develop several projects for the advancement of the DBMD and to provide support to the churches and pastors within the district. She currently works for the Division of Education and Clergy Care of The Wesleyan Church. From this platform, she along with a team of Hispanic leaders provide direction and support to the Hispanic Ministerial Students from every district. Her passion is to serve the Lord in any way possible as an encouraging leader to each member to give the best of themselves for the Kingdom, especially to continue promoting the ministry of women in all the areas of the church.

Becci Wood

Becci Wood

Director, The Gathering & Special Events

Keith Drury

Keith Drury

Chair, Early Ministry Initiative

Eddy Shigley

Eddy Shigley

Director, Kern Wesleyan Scholars

David Durst

David Durst

Wesleyan Seminary Foundation, Asbury Seminary

Gary Carr

Gary Carr

Associate Endorser, Chaplains

Bio

Associate Endorser, Military Chaplains

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Dr. Gary Carr is the new Associate Chaplain Endorser for the Wesleyan Church. Carr was a highly decorated military chaplain (COMMANDER, USN) endorsed by The Wesleyan Church. Originally from Lansing Faith Wesleyan Church, he pastored at Diamond Springs W. C. in Michigan, then embarked upon active duty military chaplain service in 1987 and retired from the Navy at the end of 2007.

  • Carr’s service as a navy chaplain are marked by extrodinary achievements such as: Division Chaplain for 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, NC from 2004-2006, managed 22 ministry teams, serving 25,000 personnel plus their families.
  • Senior Naval Officer for the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, coordinating crisis ministry during evacuation of 14,000 US Citizens from Beirut, Lebanon in 2006. President, Fleet Marine Force Qualification Board.
  • Battle Force Chaplain of the 7th Fleet and Command Chaplain of USS KITTY HAWK from 2002-2004, supervising ministry to 8,000 personnel and families during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
  • National Director of Navy Chaplain Corps Recruiting from 1999-2002. The successful strategic changes that were put in place then remain the practices today.
  • Command Chaplain for the Naval Air Technical Training Center, Pensacola, FL from 1996-1999. Established new programs including the Core Values Academy providing spiritual readiness for 18,000 students per year. Also trained US Navy vocal team.
  • Group Chaplain for the Navy Seals and the first chaplain ever assigned to the Naval Special Warfare Development Group (Seals). Trained with Seals in all aspects, except weaponry. Deployed in numerous covert operations globally, including austere environments. Established the Navy Special Warfare Critical Incident Stress Team.

Since then he has served with the International Bible Society and as Vice President at Southern Wesleyan University. His 20 years of service as a navy chaplain are marked by extraordinary achievement. Dr. Carr graduated from the University of Michigan with high distinction in English and comparative linguistics and was the James B. Angell scholar. He holds the M.Div. from Asbury Seminary, a Th.M. in preaching from Duke, and the Doctor in Ministry in leadership (with distinction) from Fuller Seminary. He has had numerous service-related publications and papers, and has also been an Adjunct Professor in World Religions for Central Texas College. Dr. Carr is married (wife, Karen) with three children. He enjoys scuba diving, guitar and piano, cycling, reading. His primary gift is developing leadership in others.

Dr. Gary Carr es el nuevo Capellán de La Iglesia Wesleyana que sea transferido. Carr fue un capellán militar altamente condecorado (Comandar, USN) endorsado por La Iglesia Wesleyana. Originalmente de Lansing Faith Wesleyan Church, pastoreó en Diamond Springs W.C. en Michigan, y luego se enroló en servicio como capellán militar activo hasta 1987 y se retiró de la Armada en los finales del 2007.

  • Su servicio como capellán del armada fuemarcado por logros extraordinarios como División de Capellán por 2da MarineDivision, Camp Lejeune, NC del 2004-2006, logró 22 equipos ministerios sirviendo a 25,000 del personal y sus familias.
  • Oficial naval Superior para la 2da Marine Expeditionary Force, coordinó ministerio crisis durante la evacuación de 14,000 EE.UU. ciudadanos de Beirut, Lebanon en 2006. Presidente, Fleet Marine Force Qualification Board.
  • Capellán fuerza de batalla de la 7th Fleet y Capellán Superior de USS KITTY HAWK del 2002-2004, supervisando el ministerio por 8,000 del personal y familias durante Operation Iraqi Freedom y Operation Enduring Freedom.
  • Director Nacional del Navy Chaplain Corps Recruiting desde 1999-2002. Los exitosos cambios estratégicos que se pusieron en marcha a continuación todavía se practican hoy en día.
  • Capellán Superior por el Naval Air Technical Training Center en Pensacola, FL desde 1996-1999. Estableció nuevos programas incluyendo la Core Values Academy proporcionando la preparación espiritual para 18,000 estudiantes por año. También entrenó el U.N. Navy Vocal Team.
  • Capellán del Grupo para los Navy Seals y el primer capellán asignado de los Navy Seals. Se entrenó con los Seals en todos los aspectos, excepto armamento. Él fue desplegado en numerosas operaciones encubiertas en todo el mundo, incluyendo ambientes austeros. Estableció el Navy Special Warfare Critical Incident Stress Team.

Desde entonces ha sirvido con la International Bible Association y como el Vicepresidente en la Universidad de Southern Wesleyan. Sus 20 años de servicio como un capellán de la Navy ha sido marcado por logros extraordinarios. Dr. Carr se graduó de la Universidad de Michigan con alta distinción en Ingles y la lingüística comparativa y fue el erudito James B. Angell. Tiene su M. Div. de Seminario Asbury, un Th. M. en predicación de Duke, y su Doctorado en Ministerio en liderazgo (con distinción) de Seminario Fuller. El tiene numerosas publicaciones y documentos relacionados con el servicio, y también ha sido un profesor adjunto en Religiones del Mundo en Central Texas College. Dr. Carr está casado (esposa, Karen) y tiene tres hijas. En su tiempo libre, disfruta buceo, toca la guitarra, piano, ciclismo, y la lectura. Su don preferido es desarrollar el liderazgo en otros.

Mike Rash

Mike Rash

Chair of Chaplain Ministries & Associate Endorser 

Bio

Associate Endorser, Military Chaplains

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USAF Chaplain, Lt Col (retired) Michael Rash serves The Wesleyan Church as an Associate Chaplain Endorser.  As a native of Lincolnton, North Carolina, he initially joined the United States Air Force in 1978 and completed a four-year enlistment as an E3-A AWACS Radio Operator.  In 1995, after graduation from college and seminary, he re-entered the air force as an active duty chaplain endorsed by The Wesleyan Church.  Culminating a 28-year military career, he retired from the air force in June, 2018.

Chaplain Rash and his wife, Kathy, ministered to air force families in North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Nevada, Colorado, England, Germany and Korea.  His education includes degrees from Southern Wesleyan University, Asbury Theological Seminary, Columbus State University, and the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences.  He is a board-certified counselor credentialed by the National Board for Certified Counselors.  Mike and Kathy have two adult daughters and enjoy the adventures of travel.

Mark Rennaker

Mark Rennaker

Thrive Financial Initiative

Bio

Thrive Financial Initiative

Dr. Rennaker has pastored for 3 decades and served as project director from 2007 to 2015 for The Wesleyan Church’s pilot project in Lilly Endowment’s initiative to address the economic challenges facing Indiana pastors. He led the denomination’s 2015 national research effort to learn about pastors’ economic challenges from ministers, their spouses, and key lay leaders. He is denominational director of the Thrive Financial Initiative, The Wesleyan Church’s Education and Clergy Development Division program in Lilly Endowment’s national initiative to address economic challenges facing pastoral leaders.

Jerolyn Bogear

Jerolyn Bogear

Chair, Wesleyan Coaching Network

Bio

Jerolyn Bogear is the chair of the Wesleyan Coaching Network. She is a Commissioned Ministry Coach, Coach Mentor, and Coach Trainer and has served on the leadership team for about 5 years. She is certified with International Coaching Federation (ACC) and with John Maxwell Teams and has completed over 450 hours of coaching across a variety of industries. Jerolyn and her husband, Jim, formed Legacy C3, coaching, training, and speaking on leadership and relationships. They are also co-authors on marriage and family. Jerolyn and Jim have 3 adult children, 2 children-in-law, and 3 adorable granddaughters. They make their home in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Shannon Bradford

Shannon Bradford

Director, Pastor’s Spouse Connection

Bio

Shannon Bradford is well acquainted with the high’s and lows of ministry.  She loves her pastor husband, Brian, and her 3 kids, Halle, Lily, and Titus.  Shannon has served on leadership at the district and local church level. She loves being organized, planning ahead, shopping, and Chicago-style pizza.

Kim Craft

Kim Craft

Clergy Care

Bio
Clergy Care and Development
Kim, is a native of London, Ontario Canada. She enjoys spending time with her 6 fun loving grandchildren, 2 beautiful daughters and 2 wonderful son in laws. She enjoys reading, walking traveling and people.
Phone: 317-774-3911
Noreen Weston

Noreen Weston

Ministerial Preparation

Bio
Ministerial Education and Formation
 
Noreen is married to a hospital chaplain and has 2 children and 5 grandchildren. She likes to walk the dog, read, and travel. She also volunteers as a set designer/builder/painter at church and picks up work as a calligrapher when she can. Noreen has been with Education and Clergy Development since 2006, and enjoys serving Wesleyan ministerial students.
Phone: 317-774-3912
Michelle Wood

Michelle Wood

Ministerial Preparation

Bio

Ministerial Education and Formation

Michelle is an Indianapolis native. She is married with four children: ages ranging from 12 to 25. She loves rollerblading, reading, camping, traveling, time with her kids, and outdoor activities. 

Phone: 317-774-7939

Jasmin Celio

Jasmin Celio

Bilingual Administrative Assistant

Bio

Spanish Ministerial Education & Formation

Jasmin is our bilingual administrative assistant here at ECD, working alongside Rev. Johanna Rugh to serve our hispanic ministry students, instructors, and coordinators.

Jasmin was born and raised in sunny Orange County, California. She enjoys writing, reading, trying new food, and traveling with her husband. Jasmin is passionate about worship, the Word, and seeing people walk in the reality of God’s Kingdom!

Phone: 317-774-3915

Dave Ward

Dave Ward

Field Director,
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Stevan Sheets

Stevan Sheets

IT & Communications,
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Ingrid Martinez

Ingrid Martinez

Associate Chair, Coordinators, Spanish Ministerial Education & Formation

Rodrigo Azofeifa

Rodrigo Azofeifa

Associate Chair, Instructors, Spanish Ministerial Education & Formation