Education & Clergy Development

What we do

Executive Director, Russ Gunsalus

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.

It takes a healthy pastor to have a healthy church. At Education & Clergy Development, we are committed to the health and well-being of all Wesleyan clergy and their families.

Clergy Well-Being

God’s call to ministry is sacred and powerful. It comes with unique challenges unlike any other profession. Clergy need a firm platform that sets them up for sustaining a lifetime of personal vitality positive, effective ministry to others.

Whether it is retreat centers for clergy and their families at reduced cost or professional partners for clergy family counseling and support, we are committed to identifying and developing high-quality resources, partnerships and initiatives for clergy wellness.

Thriving Clergy Resources
Thriving clergy are healthy, fit and effective for a lifetime of sustainable ministry. Thriving clergy exhibit well-being in six domains: spiritual, emotional, relational, physical, intellectual and financial. Click HERE for more information on these six domains.
The Gathering

Wesleyan Clergy Conference

January 9-11, 2019

We need each other to be the church God wants us to be. So let’s gather together as a Wesleyan clergy family to be encouragedinspired, and engagedThe Gathering is a powerful, 3-day celebration at the Caribe Royale in Orlando, Florida for Wesleyan clergy and spouses. Let’s gather together to encourage, inspire and engage. More info

Chaplains

Many persons are finding ministry as a military or institutional chaplain to be very fulfilling. Chaplains are ministers who perform pastoral tasks in specialized settings. They must love people and be capable of providing specialized ministry in a wide variety of settings, often with non-traditional methods within religiously pluralistic environments. The Wesleyan Church recognizes the value of this ministry and provides for the endorsement of qualified persons through its Committee on Chaplains.

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Clergy Care

God created us as integrated relational beings, so that our outward actions and relationships with others flow out from the core condition of our inner life. For pastors, it is paramount to maintain personal stewardship of oneself in order to sustain vibrant pastoral leadership for a lifetime. Who the pastor is will emerge in what the pastor does. The greatest foundation for sustained longevity in ministry is a strong internal core. A strong internal core will provide a firm platform for sustaining a lifetime of outward ministry toward others, while helping to avoid the likelihood of vocational burnout, vulnerability to temptation, and deterioration of relationships.

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Thrive Financial Initiative

TFI addresses economic challenges facing Wesleyan clergy. Thriving clergy display well-being spiritually, emotionally, relationally, physically, intellectually, and financially.

Learn More about the Thrive Financial Initiative

New Pastor Orientation

Education and Clergy Development desires New Pastors and their Spouses to feel connected, supported, and empowered as they walk into ministry with The Wesleyan Church. The New Pastor Orientation (NPO) helps to do just that by offering newly ordained or first appointment pastors, chaplains, and transfers from other denominations the opportunity to get to know the denomination better through personal connections with leaders, fellow pastors, and helpful resources. This event will help New Pastors to….

  • Become better oriented to the mission and ethos of The Wesleyan Church
  • Become aware of the ministries, resources and opportunities of the Church
  • Gain insights into new trends in the Wesleyan Church
  • Establish support systems to ensure a good start in ministry
  • Develop a network with other pastors, colleagues, and general church leaders
  • Share their observations & insights to help improve the ministry formation & education

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Clergy Care Español

Este es el hogar en línea del Ministerio de Educación en Español de La Iglesia Wesleyana. El Ministerio de Educación en Español funciona debajo de la división de Educación y Desarollo Clero, ofreciendo ánimo, apoyo, y recursos a nuestros miembros que hablan español que buscan ser entrenados, autorizados, y equipados para su ministerio toda su vida.       Para lograr este objetivo, ofrecemos opciones educativas adaptadas a usted-como FLAMA, extensiones educativas, y proyectos académicos. Estamos aquí para equiparlo para una vida de salud, en forma, y ministerio efectivo. Si usted tiene alguna pregunta, duda o consulta, no dude en preguntar.

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Women Clergy
The Wesleyan Church wishes to reaffirm its long-standing commitment to full opportunity for women to be ordained to the ministry and to serve in any and all ministerial and leadership capacities. Although this vision has yet to be fully realized within The Wesleyan Church, the Church and its precedent bodies have experienced the benefits of such a commitment for over 140 years. Learn more
WesleyanSermons.com

We Help Drive Your Preaching Forward

Preaching is incarnational: it’s one of the primary ways that Word becomes flesh again. To faithfully incarnate a sermon, the Church needs resources dedicated to empowering, encouraging, and equipping preachers for a lifelong call to healthy, fit, and effective ministry. That’s whatwesleyansermons.com is all about. Since we’re part of the Wesleyan Church, our mission flows parallel to the Wesleyan vision: to transform lives, churches, and communities with the hope and holiness of Jesus Christ. But while we feature Wesleyan preachers, this resource is valuable beyond the boundaries of The Wesleyan Church. No matter what denomination you belong to, wesleyansermons.com helps drive your preaching forward. We do so through three primary ways:

  1. Content: We write content! On wesleyansermons.com, you’ll find tons of articles about how you can improve your preaching and your ministry. You’ll find sermon reviews featuring a diverse crowd of great Wesleyan preachers: including various ages, styles, genders, and locations.
  1. Collaboration: We help you network with others! This site will continue to develop into an index of sermon topics, passages, and ideas for sermons—and you get to help create this community. We’re going to keep opening up new opportunities for you to work together.
  1. Conferences: We help you get together! We want to connect you with others at some of the best preaching conferences in your area. This means we’ll launch some conferences of our own, and feature great preaching conferences around North America.

As God continues to use you, we hope this sermon can be a helpful amalgamation of resources, relationships, and rallies that drive your preaching forward. For the Good of the Kingdom, –

The wesleyansermons.com Team Click

HERE to go to WesleyanSermons.com

Pastors have the rare honor of ministering to people at the most significant moments of their lives. We desire to prepare, develop and equip knowledgeable, skilled, and spirit-filled ministers for such moments. Find more information below about the call to ministry.

Getting Started
For those just beginning this journey there is an online enrollment form available to help you begin this process. The Manual of Ministerial Preparation (Español) is one guide, which will make the path to ministry more understandable. Students can use the academic requirements chart as a quick reference guide to the courses required for credentialing in The Wesleyan Church. Ministerial students will find they have several options to completing requirements for credentials including attending one of our Wesleyan Colleges/Universitiesapproved seminariesFLAME, FLAMA, or completing correspondence courses.
Wesleyan Colleges and Universities

The Wesleyan Church has five great colleges and universities.

Check them out here.

DBMD Information and Forms
The District Board of Ministerial Development (DBMD) guides a student through the on-going process of discernment, development, and formation. You can learn more about the DBMD and find DBMD forms here.
College Day

College Day, hosted by The Wesleyan Church (and Education and Clergy Development) provides students with:

  • Broader exposure to The Wesleyan Church movement
  • Understanding the nature, focus, and opportunities that exist within The Wesleyan Church
  • Opportunity to reflect on God’s call on their lives and cultivating deeper relationships with one another.

For more information, email Education & Clergy Development

Seminary Leadership Roundtable

WHAT IS THE SEMINARY LEADERSHIP ROUNDTABLE?

As current or graduated seminarians, you are the thought leaders and lead practitioners of The Wesleyan Church. Our movement faces unique Opportunities & Challenges in the coming years in North America. As local churches and pastors together, we must ask, what are the Challenges & Opportunities for ministry leaders to be Healthy, Fit, and Effective for lifelong ministry? This event will be an interactive time of mutual exploration, sharpening, and focused forecasting of what you think about the future. Where are we? What’s ahead? What we are going to do about it? And how do we equip ourselves as clergy for that? This event will help us explore how to equip ourselves individually and collectively as clergy for the future around these two questions:

  • In the context of on-going quality, healthy, fit and effective ministry leadership, what are the challenges and opportunities that are upon us and on the horizon for local church leadership in The Wesleyan Church?
  • What is it that we should start thinking about in our own education & formation in order to address these challenges and opportunities?

For more information, email Education and Clergy Development

New Pastor Orientation

Education and Clergy Development desires New Pastors and their Spouses to feel connected, supported, and empowered as they walk into ministry with The Wesleyan Church. The New Pastor Orientation (NPO) helps to do just that by offering newly ordained or first appointment pastors, chaplains, and transfers from other denominations the opportunity to get to know the denomination better through personal connections with leaders, fellow pastors, and helpful resources. This event will help New Pastors to….

  • Become better oriented to the mission and ethos of The Wesleyan Church
  • Become aware of the ministries, resources and opportunities of the Church
  • Gain insights into new trends in the Wesleyan Church
  • Establish support systems to ensure a good start in ministry
  • Develop a network with other pastors, colleagues, and general church leaders
  • Share their observations & insights to help improve the ministry formation & education

Learn More

Women Clergy
The Wesleyan Church wishes to reaffirm its long-standing commitment to full opportunity for women to be ordained to the ministry and to serve in any and all ministerial and leadership capacities. Although this vision has yet to be fully realized within The Wesleyan Church, the Church and its precedent bodies have experienced the benefits of such a commitment for over 140 years. Learn more
FLAME & FLAMA

FLAME & FLAMA offer ministry ordination classes for credentialing in The Wesleyan Church in English & Spanish.

Click to learn more about FLAME

Click to learn more about FLAMA

Ministerial Classes
There are a variety of ways Ministerial Students can complete the academic requirements for ordination. Students are first encouraged to complete their coursework through an Approved Seminary or a Wesleyan College or University. Students may also complete their coursework through one of the Ministry Training Programs.  A course schedule is available here.
Wesleyan Ministerial Loan-Grant

The Wesleyan Church provides loan grant assistance to students enrolled in an approved ordination track at one of our approved schools or seminaries. This student aid program is administered by the Education and Clergy Development Division and is available to juniors and seniors at Wesleyan colleges and those enrolled for graduate theological training up to the completion of a Master of Divinity degree program or its equivalent. More information may be found here.

ECD is advancing 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.
Wesleyan Colleges & Universities

The Wesleyan Church has five great colleges and universities.

Check them out here.

Seminaries

The Wesleyan Church encourages all pastors to pursue a seminary education.  Wesley Seminary at IWU and other approved seminaries are General Board recommended institutions.  See the list here

Campus Challenge
“We all have different gifts, according to the grace given us” (Romans 12:6). Has God given you abilities in music or art? Are you ready to use those gifts to earn scholarship money for college? Now’s your chance! Campus Challengeis a program sponsored by Wesleyan Higher Education and Education and Clergy Development to help students discover and develop their God-given talents to honor God in a life of service to Him. If you regularly attend a Wesleyan church or youth group and are between the ages of 12 and 19, YOU can enter! Learn More
Doctrinal Symposium

The Doctrinal Symposium is an annual meeting of leading educational minds and practitioners in The Wesleyan Church.  Each symposium tackles a different topic.

To learn more, email Education and Clergy Development

College Day

College Day, hosted by The Wesleyan Church (and Education and Clergy Development) provides students with:

  • Broader exposure to The Wesleyan Church movement
  • Understanding the nature, focus, and opportunities that exist within The Wesleyan Church
  • Opportunity to reflect on God’s call on their lives and cultivating deeper relationships with one another.

For more information, email Education & Clergy Development

Seminary Leadership Roundtable

WHAT IS THE SEMINARY LEADERSHIP ROUNDTABLE?

As current or graduated seminarians, you are the thought leaders and lead practitioners of The Wesleyan Church. Our movement faces unique Opportunities & Challenges in the coming years in North America. As local churches and pastors together, we must ask, what are the Challenges & Opportunities for ministry leaders to be Healthy, Fit, and Effective for lifelong ministry? This event will be an interactive time of mutual exploration, sharpening, and focused forecasting of what you think about the future. Where are we? What’s ahead? What we are going to do about it? And how do we equip ourselves as clergy for that? This event will help us explore how to equip ourselves individually and collectively as clergy for the future around these two questions:

  • In the context of on-going quality, healthy, fit and effective ministry leadership, what are the challenges and opportunities that are upon us and on the horizon for local church leadership in The Wesleyan Church?
  • What is it that we should start thinking about in our own education & formation in order to address these challenges and opportunities?

For more information, email Education and Clergy Development

Wesleyan Education Council
The Wesleyan Education Council is a semi-annual meeting of the presidents and board of trustee chairs from each of our Wesleyan colleges and universities, Jo Anne Lyon, The Wesleyan Church General Superintendent, and Russ Gunsalus, the executive director of Education and Clergy Development. WEC exists to facilitate collaboration, common identity and a network of Wesleyan colleges and universities. Please pray for the WEC as they work together to advance our educational institutions’ efforts to be healthy, strong, and effective in their mission to educate, develop and transform students. The Wesleyan Education Council member schools include:
Presidents' Retreat

Each year, the Presidents of each Wesleyan educational institution (Houghton CollegeIndiana Wesleyan UniversityKingswood UniversityOklahoma Wesleyan University, and Southern Wesleyan University) meet to collaborate, share best practices and explore positive developments for Wesleyan Higher Education.

Graduate Student Theological Seminar

The Wesleyan Church and the Free Methodist Church host the annual Graduate Students’ Theological Seminar. Topics center on academic research related to the foundational practices for preparing ministers (theology, Bible, history, philosophy and practical ministry). This seminar brings together religion doctoral students and theology faculty to encourage and develop new scholarship, build relationships and facilitate networking. The seminar is designed for doctoral students in religion, biblical studies, philosophy, etc. who are hoping to give service to The Wesleyan Church in Higher Education as well as final year seminary students who are planning to go directly on to doctoral work and Religion Wesleyan Departments Faculty.

Upcoming GSTS Event

GSTS Overview & History

Featured Voices

Our Team

Education & Clergy Development

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. Russ is married to Cindy and they have two daughters, Krista and Kayla. 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 opportunities for pastors and leaders which includes, but not limited to FLAME, FLAMA, The Wesleyan Seminary Foundation, the Early Ministry Initiative and more. Joel lives in Flagstaff, Arizona with his wife Stephanie and two boys Eli and Paxton.
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

Keith Drury

Keith Drury

Chair, Early Ministry Initiative

Bio
Keith Drury is the chair of the Early Ministry Launch Initiative in The Division of Education and Clergy Development. His work is to help local churches provide a 1-2 year “Ministry Residency” to new graduates so they can get solid in-the-local-church practical training at the beginning of their ministry. He also works with the juniors and seniors at Wesleyan Colleges and Universities to network them with these churches. He graduated from United Wesleyan College and Princeton Theological Seminary before joining the Wesleyan headquarters staff at age 26, serving in various capacities for 24 years including directing Children’s Ministry, Youth Ministry and Christian education. He “retired” from headquarters work at age 51 and spent the rest of his full-time ministry teaching practical ministry at Indiana Wesleyan University where he served as one of the co-creators and curriculum designers of Wesley Seminary. He is an avid outdoorsman, having hiked the entire Appalachian Trail and Pacific Crest Trail and since his retirement from teaching has bicycled with his wife more than a thousand miles a year. He has authored numerous books but his is greatest passion is practical training for ministry in a real-world environment. Keith is married to Sharon and they have two sons, David and John.
Becci Wood

Becci Wood

Director, The Gathering & Special Events

Gail Kerstetter

Gail Kerstetter

National Director, Campus Challenge

Dave Ward

Dave Ward

Field Director, WesleyanSermons.com

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.

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.

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
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
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 10 to 23. She loves rollerblading, reading, camping, traveling, time with her kids, and outdoor activities.

Phone: 317-774-7939

Charmaine Patterson

Charmaine Patterson

Executive Assistant

Bio

Charmaine Patterson serves as the Executive Assistant to the Executive Director of the ECD division. Charmaine has a unique background in media and communications as well as organization and planning that is a perfect and seamless fit for the current and future states of ECD. Charmaine earned her B.A. in Advertising from Michigan State University and M.A. in Journalism from Columbia College in Chicago. She is a newlywed and resides in Indianapolis, IN with her husband, Mark.

Phone: 317-774-3913

Courtney Peñaranda

Courtney Peñaranda

Ministerial Preparation

Bio
Ingrid Martinez

Ingrid Martinez

Associate Chair, Coordinators, Spanish Ministerial Education & Formation

Bio

Yo soy Rev. Ingrid Martínez, nací en Bogotá Colombia, por la gracia de Dios soy Pastor Ordenado de la Iglesia Wesleyana. Estoy casada por 17 años con Ricardo, tenemos 3 hermosos hijos Gabriela de 15 años, Daniel de 12 años y Sara Isabela de 18 meses. Después de terminar mis estudios universitarios en Pedagogía, viaje a los Estados Unidos, donde he tenido la oportunidad de completar la Maestría en Divinidad en el Seminario Wesley.

Desde mi conversión cuando era muy joven, he servido a Dios en diferentes áreas, en todos los ministerios de iglesia, todo este tiempo Dios me ha enseñado y me ha llenado de amor por El, por las almas y el ministerio. En este momento tengo el privilegio de servir como Pastor Asociado en la Iglesia Cristiana Vida Nueva, en Grove City Oh, con un encargo especial en el ministerio de Educación y Formación Cristiana, además de ser profesor en el Instituto Bíblico local.  Durante los últimos años he tenido la oportunidad de servir como coordinador de Flama en el Distrito de Ohio y desde hace un año tengo la gracia de colaborar a nivel nacional con la dirección y organización de todos los coordinadores de Flama.

Soy una apasionada de mi Señor Jesús y creo poderosamente en la formación espiritual y en la educación como fuentes para vivir vidas integras y saludables que glorifican a Dios y cumplen su propósito en la tierra. Es por esto que amo enseñar la Palabra de Dios, pues creo en su poder extraordinario para transformar las vidas, las familias y las comunidades.

 

I am Rev. Ingrid Martínez, I was born in Bogota, Colombia, by the grace of God I am an Ordained Pastor of the Wesleyan Church. I have been married for 17 years with Ricardo, we have 3 beautiful children Gabriela, 15 years old, 13 year old Daniel and 18th month old Sara Isabela. After completing my university studies in Pedagogy, I traveled to the United States, where I have had the opportunity to complete the Masters of Divinity at Wesley Seminary.

Since my conversion when I was very young, I have served God in different areas, in all church ministries. All this time God has taught me and has filled me with love for Him, for others and the ministry. At this time I have the privilege of serving as Associate Pastor at New Life Christian Church in Grove City Oh, with a special assignment in the Ministry of Education and Christian Formation. In addition to being a teacher at the local Bible Institute.

In the last few years I was given the oppurtunity to serve as a Flama coordinator at the Greater Ohio District. And I have been working with the Flama coordinators from all over the country for a year.

I am passionate about my Lord Jesus and I believe powerfully in the spiritual formation and in education as sources for living healthy and integral lives that glorify God and fulfill his purpose on earth. That is why I love to teach the Word of God, because I believe in its extraordinary power to transform lives, families and communities.

Daniel Muñoz-Suárez

Daniel Muñoz-Suárez

Associate Chair, Teaching & Instruction, Spanish Ministerial Education & Formation

Bio

El maestro es  ministro ordenado de la Iglesia Wesleyana, y pastorea junto con su esposa  Framaris, una congregación hispana en Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Él es profesor adjunto del programa de flama y Director Asociado de la Junta de Educación y Formación Ministerial de la Iglesia Wesleyana. El enseña numerosos cursos de Biblia, teología, historia de la Iglesia, religión, ministerios interdisciplinarios, y varias Escuelas Ministeriales. Es graduado de la Universidad Teológica del Caribe, con una licenciatura en Teología y Estudios Pastorales; es egresado del Seminario Wesley con una Maestría en Divinidad, es graduado del Seminario Evangélico de Puerto Rico, con una maestría en Religión, y en la actualidad está finalizando sus estudios en hebreo y griego bíblicos, en la Universidad Hebrea de Jerusalén, extensión E-teacher biblical. El pastor tiene dos hijas, Estéfani y Dana, quienes son fuente de bendición en la  familia y en el trabajo ministerial en la iglesia.

 

The professor is an Ordained Minister in the Wesleyan Church, and shepperding, along with his wife, Framaris a Hispanic congregation in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is an adjunct professor in the FLAMA program, and Asocciate Director of the Education and Ministerial Formation  Board. He teaches many courses on the Bible, Theology, History of the Church, Religion, Interdisciplinary Ministerial Courses, and several Ministerial Schools. He graduated from Theological University of the Caribbean with a bachelor degree in Pastoral Studies and Theology, he graduated from Wesley Seminary with a Master in Divinity, and he also graduated from Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico with a Master in Religion. He is currently finishing his studies on Biblical Hebrew and Greek, in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, through the E-teacher biblical platform. Pastor Daniel has two daughters, Estéfani and Dana, who are sources of blessing in the family and the church as well.

 

Rodrigo Azofeifa

Rodrigo Azofeifa

Associate Chair, Instructors, Spanish Ministerial Education & Formation

Bio

Rodrigo Azofeifa es pastor asociado de Real Connection Church, una congregación multicultural en DeKalb Illinois. Es estudiante del Programa Doctoral en Ministerios con énfasis en Liderazgo Organizacional y Predicación en Asbury Theological Seminary.  El Rev. Azofeifa está en el ministerio pastoral desde el año 1995. Actualmente es Profesor adjunto del Seminario Wesley y Global Academic Program de Indiana Wesleyan University. Él es el director fundador de IFE, Instituto de Formación Espiritual. Adicionalmente es Director Asociado de la Junta de Educación y Formación Ministerial de la Iglesia Wesleyana.

El Pastor Rodrigo disfruta de su familia formada por su esposa Ricci y sus dos hijos Jeremy y Josué.

 

Rodrigo Azofeifa is the associate pastor of Real Connection Church, a multicultural congregation in DeKalb, Illinois. He is a Doctoral Ministry student with emphasis on Organizational Leadership and Preaching at Asbury Theological Seminary. Rev. Azofeifa has been in the pastoral ministry since 1995. He is currently Adjunct Professor at Wesley Seminary and Global Academic Program at Indiana Wesleyan University. He is also the founder director of IFE Institute of Spiritual Formation, [ IFE for Spanish acronym). Azofeifa is an Associate Director of the Wesleyan Church Board of Education and Ministerial Formation.

Pastor Rodrigo enjoys his family formed by his wife Ricci and their two sons Jeremy and Joshua.

Johanna Rugh

Johanna Rugh

Associate Chair, Formation & DBMD, Spanish Ministerial Education & Formation

Bio

La Reverenda Johanna Chacón Rugh es una ministra ordenada de La Iglesia Wesleyana. Ella actualmente sirve como Superintendente Asistente del Distrito Hispano del Suroeste de La IW. Como Superintendente Asistente ella ha podido desarrollar una serie de proyectos para el avance de la JDDM y ha podido proveer apoyo a las iglesias y pastores dentro del distrito. Por su labor en el desarrollo de Estudiantes Ministeriales dentro del distrito, se le pidió servir como Directora Asociada del DBMD y Formación Profesional junto con un equipo de líderes hispanos bajo la División de Educación y Desarrollo del Clero en la IW y de esta forma poder ayudar a otros Estudiantes Ministeriales Hispanos fuera de su 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 currently serves as the Assistant to the District Superintendent of the Distrito Hispano del Suroeste of TWC.  As ADS she has been able to develop several projects for the advancement of the DBMD and she has been able to provide support to the churches and pastors within the district. Because of her work in the development of Ministerial Students within the district, she has been asked to serve as the Associate Chair of DBMD and Professional Formation along with a team of Hispanic leaders under the Division of Education and Clergy Development of TWC. In this way, she can provide help to other Hispanic Ministerial Students outside her district. Her passion is to serve the Lord in any way possible as an encouraging leader to each member, especially to continue promoting the ministry of women in all the areas of the church.

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