General Superintendent

New title, same passion

New title, same passion

Dr. Jo Anne Lyon remains as busy as ever in her ministry within the denomination. Lyon was named General Emerita at General Conference 2016 after eight years of service as General Superintendent. She also holds the title of ambassador of The Wesleyan Church, an...
Immigrant Connection Shadowing Experience

Immigrant Connection Shadowing Experience

Immigration Connection site shadowing has proven to be the the fastest and most cost effective way to move people radically forward toward offering this community transforming ministry for immigrants in a local church. -David Drury Founding Board member of The...
​Leisure suit discipleship

​Leisure suit discipleship

I don’t know about you, but when I look back on old pictures of myself from the 70s, I shake my head in disbelief. There I am sporting my groovy wide collar, wild prints, bell bottoms, and patent leather dress boots. And don’t get me started on that...
Make the Most

Make the Most

A 30-year pastor at Kentwood Community Church in a Grand Rapids, Mich., suburb, he most recently led Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University for six years. Weeks after his election, Wesleyan Life took the opportunity to interview “Wayne,” as he...
​Former General Superintendent Dr. Lee Haines passes

​Former General Superintendent Dr. Lee Haines passes

Dr. Lee M. Haines, lifelong servant of God and The Wesleyan Church, passed away on Saturday, August 6, in Noblesville, Ind., at age 88. He served as General Superintendent of The Wesleyan Church from 1988-2000. Prior to that he was General Secretary of Education and...
​General Superintendent Schmidt addresses the General Conference

​General Superintendent Schmidt addresses the General Conference

Following his installation, General Superintendent Wayne Schmidt addressed the assembly, sharing his perspective on ministry in North America and the world today, the unique role of The Wesleyan Church in God’s plan and his hope for the future. He called the...
​Wayne Schmidt acceptance speech

​Wayne Schmidt acceptance speech

Newly-elected General Superintendent Dr. Wayne Schmidt was welcomed to the platform with a standing ovation following the announcement of his election as leader of the North American General Conference. The other primary candidate, Rev. Isaac Smith, district...
Scott Rhyno named chief development director for The Wesleyan Church

Scott Rhyno named chief development director for The Wesleyan Church

An announcement from Dr. Wayne Schmidt, newly elected General Superintendent of The Wesleyan Church: I am pleased to announce that I have asked Rev. Scott Rhyno to join our Wesleyan leadership team as our Chief Development Director and he has accepted. He will give...
Scott Rhyno

Scott Rhyno

Rev. Scott Rhyno is originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He married Elizabeth in 1997, and they were warmly welcomed into Moncton Wesleyan Church. In faith and obedience, he left a career in the business world in 2000 to study for ministry in The Wesleyan...
The Dearly Deported

The Dearly Deported

Yesterday I sat in a freshly painted, modestly furnished classroom of a growing Wesleyan Church in El Monte, California. The breeze through the open door increased in warmth as we sat for several hours. We began the official work but I sensed there were things to talk...
Dr. O.D. Emery passes away

Dr. O.D. Emery passes away

A renowned church leader within The Wesleyan Church has passed away. Dr. O. D. Emery, 88, passed away in North Carolina, Sunday, November 1, 2015, at 3:05 p.m. A General Superintendent for The Wesleyan Church from 1980-1992, his service to The Wesleyan Church and...
Armigers leading once-dying church with the basic tenets of ministry

Armigers leading once-dying church with the basic tenets of ministry

Though still small in numbers, the church is growing and thriving To many who know them, Tom and Vangie Armiger are ministry veterans. The couple has been in ministry together their entire married lives of 40 years. Tom has served in various capacities: youth pastor,...
Wesleyans in the news

Wesleyans in the news

Each week, both Wesleyans and Wesleyan churches are featured in online news publications. As we are alerted to those news items, we are privileged to pass them along. If you see a news item that relates to Wesleyans, please forward to communications@wesleyan.org. The...
​Welcoming the Pope to America

​Welcoming the Pope to America

This morning I joined other Americans to welcome Pope Francis to our country on the White House lawn. It was an honor to be an invited guest by the White House and I’ve had some time to reflect on this experience and pass on my thoughts to you. I was encouraged...
Dr. Lyon describes Wesleyan distinctives to “Christianity Today”

Dr. Lyon describes Wesleyan distinctives to “Christianity Today”

The General Superintendent of The Wesleyan Church explains Wesleyanism. This is the second in a series of posts I hope to do over the next few months in which I interview leaders of a variety of evangelical movements. Within the umbrella of evangelicalism, people...
We Do it Because of the Lost

We Do it Because of the Lost

On August 12th-15th, 2015 more than 15 Immigrant Connection BIA Representatives gathered together at Olathe Wesleyan, the second Immigrant Connection Site to be launched in The Wesleyan Church. This gathering enabled us to continue to pursue Rev. Frankie...
Christianity Today features Wesleyan response to same-sex marriage

Christianity Today features Wesleyan response to same-sex marriage

Amid a rush of response to the same-sex marriage ruling of the Supreme Court in The United States, Christianity Today published responses from “a professor, a pastor, a denominational superintendent, and the president of the National Association of...
An International Wesleyan View of Refugees

An International Wesleyan View of Refugees

PREFACE ON INTERNATIONAL WESLEYAN VIEWS – This statement was adopted by vote of the delegates of the 3rd quadrennial International Conference of The Wesleyan Church meeting in Orlando, FL, USA from 11th to 13th January, 2015. The different Conferences of The...
El Verdadero Poder, Encuentro con el Presidente sobre Inmigración

El Verdadero Poder, Encuentro con el Presidente sobre Inmigración

[Click here to read in English] Estoy agradecida de que pude representar a una iglesia que no sólo cree en, sino que también práctica el amar y recibir al extranjero. Hoy he tenido el honor de representar a la Iglesia Wesleyana en el lugar más poderoso del mundo: una...
​True Power: A Meeting with the President about Immigration

​True Power: A Meeting with the President about Immigration

[Haga clic aquí para leer en Español] I am grateful that I can represent a church that not only believes in but also makes a practice of welcoming the stranger. Today I had the honor to represent The Wesleyan Church in the most powerful place in the world: an Oval...