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Wesleyans in the news: September 27

Wesleyans in the news: September 27

Each week, Wesleyans and Wesleyan churches are featured in online news publications. If you see a news item that relates to Wesleyans, please forward the link to communications@wesleyan.org. North Carolina church to open coffee shop United City in Greensboro, North...
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...
Lyon to be Honored for Immigration Work

Lyon to be Honored for Immigration Work

Dr. Jo Anne Lyon, ambassador and General Superintendent Emerita of The Wesleyan Church, is being honored at the National Immigration Forum and National Immigration Forum Action Fund in recognition of her service within the faith community as a champion for immigrants...
​Jo Anne Lyon remembers Rev. Lewis Smith

​Jo Anne Lyon remembers Rev. Lewis Smith

In June 2016, Rev. Lewis Smith received his medal of honor for 70 years as an ordained minister in The Wesleyan Church. Rev. Smith passed away December 7, 2016. A decorated veteran of the United States Army, he faithfully pastored the same church and entire community...
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​Jo Anne Lyon receives 2016 Peace Award

General Superintendent Emerita and Ambassador for The Wesleyan Church Reverend Dr. Jo Anne Lyon is the recipient of the World Methodist Council’s 2016 World Methodist Peace Award. The award will be presented to Dr. Lyon on September 3 at the World Methodist...
​Staff of General Conference hotel express gratitude for Wesleyans

​Staff of General Conference hotel express gratitude for Wesleyans

Dr. Jo Anne Lyon reflects on an interaction with a hotel staff member during her last morning in Buffalo, N.Y., location of The Wesleyan Church’s recent 13th General Conference. It is gratifying that the many Wesleyans staying at the hotel and attending the...
​Dr. Jo Anne Lyon elected to General Superintendent Emerita and honored

​Dr. Jo Anne Lyon elected to General Superintendent Emerita and honored

On Tuesday, June 7, of the 2016 General Conference, the title of General Superintendent Emerita was conferred upon Dr. Jo Anne Lyon, effective at the rise of the conference. The action was unanimous and met with a standing ovation. During a very special moment at the...
Dr. Jo Anne Lyon to serve as interim leader of Wesley Seminary

Dr. Jo Anne Lyon to serve as interim leader of Wesley Seminary

It has been announced by President Dr. David Wright of Indiana Wesleyan University that outgoing Wesleyan Church General Superintendent Dr. Jo Anne Lyon will serve as interim vice-president for Wesley Seminary for one year. As President Wright was informing 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...
Dr. Jo Anne Lyon to be Ambassador of The Wesleyan Church

Dr. Jo Anne Lyon to be Ambassador of The Wesleyan Church

Shortly after his election on Monday, June 5, new General Superintendent Dr. Wayne Schmidt made as part of his acceptance speech the introduction of a new leadership position in The Wesleyan Church. “Ambassador of The Wesleyan Church” is a position...
​Summer Wesleyan Life released at General Conference

​Summer Wesleyan Life released at General Conference

Read the new digital magazine at Wesleyan.life You won’t want to miss the summer issue of Wesleyan Life magazine, which has been released at General Conference. It has been simultaneously launched on an all-new, more powerful digital platform, located at...
​​Two leaders nominated for General Superintendent

​​Two leaders nominated for General Superintendent

The Wesleyan Church is pleased to announce that Dr. Wayne Schmidt and Rev. Isaac Smith have both been nominated by the General Board for the office of General Superintendent of The Wesleyan Church. They are recommended to the General Conference for its prayerful...
​Toilets and girls

​Toilets and girls

When I was in the fifth grade my parents took a church in a rural area. This meant that I transitioned from a city school to not only rural, but a one room school in the middle of a wheat field in western Oklahoma. We lived in the little town of about 50 and piled in...
Wesleyans in the news

Wesleyans in the news

Each week, Wesleyans and Wesleyan churches are featured in online news publications. As we are alerted to those items, we pass them along. If you see a news item that relates to Wesleyans, please forward to communications@wesleyan.org. Lyon examines why Christianity...
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...
Why 2016 marks a pivotal year for Sierra Leone

Why 2016 marks a pivotal year for Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone has always held a special place in my heart. After the devastation left by Ebola throughout 2014 and most of 2015, I look forward to 2016 as a pivotal year of recovery for the country. Prior to the Ebola outbreak, the war-torn nation had made such great...
​Caring for refugees: a declaration of evangelical response

​Caring for refugees: a declaration of evangelical response

At gathering of 100+ leaders, organizers pledge to engage ‘global refugee emergency.’ Editor’s note: Wesleyan General Superintendent Dr. Jo Anne Lyon is among the signatories. More than 100 evangelical leaders gathered at the Billy Graham Center for...
Lennox inaugurated 12th president of Kingswood University

Lennox inaugurated 12th president of Kingswood University

In its 70th year of ministry, Kingswood University inaugurated Dr. Stephen J. Lennox as its 12th president on Friday, October 16, 2015. A formal procession of Wesleyan church leaders, government officials, faculty, trustees, and delegates from other universities...
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...
The importance of the Church’s role in emergency response efforts

The importance of the Church’s role in emergency response efforts

Earlier this year, Nepal was devastated by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that killed more than 9,000 people and left hundreds of thousands more injured. Today, the country continues to rebuild itself in the wake of this monumental, devastating natural disaster thanks to...
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...
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...