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The Gathering: a turning point

The Gathering: a turning point

Steve Dunmire was a young pastor and father of three children under age three when the first Gathering was held in 2007. Financial restraints would have prevented him and his wife, Tammy, from attending, but their church and district came together to provide the...
​Honoring a father’s enduring faith

​Honoring a father’s enduring faith

In an ever-changing religious landscape, the Church constantly looks for new ways to be relevant and reach people with the gospel. One result is that in many places camp meetings and revivals have become endangered or even extinct. That’s why, when Dad told me...
​Pastor and evangelist E. R. Mitchell passes away

​Pastor and evangelist E. R. Mitchell passes away

Rev. Ernest Russell Mitchell was surrounded by his loving family in his home when he received his heavenly reward at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, March 31, 2017. The youngest of thirteen children, he was born on November 2, 1918, in Cape Charles, Va., to Revs. Willard and...
Church planter, leader passes

Church planter, leader passes

Forrest James Gearhart, age 94, died November 11, 2016, in Fern Park, Fla. He was founding pastor of the Sturgis, Michigan, Wesleyan church and also the Wheaton, Illinois, Wesleyan church. He served as district superintendent of the Northern Illinois District from...
​Ken Heer, noted Wesleyan leader, passes

​Ken Heer, noted Wesleyan leader, passes

Dr. Ken Heer (74), noted preacher, pastor, and leader of The Wesleyan Church, passed unexpectedly Wednesday morning, May 4, 2016 in Brooksville, Florida. Dr. Heer was pastor in seven Wesleyan churches in Indiana, including College Wesleyan Church in Marion and Fall...
Retired pastor, missionary, Paul Meeks, passes

Retired pastor, missionary, Paul Meeks, passes

Rev. Paul Meeks passed away January 16, 2016. He was a retired, ordained minister in the Shenandoah District. Rev. Meeks and his late wife, Darlene, served with Wesleyan World Missions (now Global Partners) in the Philippines for 22 years and as missionaries-at-large...
Pastor experiences restoration through grace

Pastor experiences restoration through grace

A little over a year ago, I found myself in a situation that I never thought I would be in. I was the assistant pastor at my church and part of my responsibility was being business manager. I had abused my church credit card for personal expenses and I was discovered....
Soul care retreats address pastors’ spiritual lives

Soul care retreats address pastors’ spiritual lives

“This was a marvelous opportunity for me to reconnect with Christ. I heard the Lord’s voice speaking to me the entire day.” This response from a pastor reflects the overall experience of others who attended one of three soul-care retreats designed...
Faithful Wesleyan pastor passes on her 50th birthday

Faithful Wesleyan pastor passes on her 50th birthday

Lillian Roe entered into the world on September 24, 1964 and entered heaven exactly 50 years later on September 24, 2014. Her parents were George Wesley and Florence Rosalie Roe. Lily was the youngest of their 17 children. She grew up on the family farm in Michigan...
Stuck

Stuck

My friend, Dave, and I couldn’t have been more different. He drank sweet tea in a Mason jar, and I prefer mine in a McDonald’s cup with a straw. He liked gospel and country music. I like 80’s and disco. He wore cowboy boots and I don’t. He used to say, “Dennis, I know...
Reverend Donald C. Fisher passes

Reverend Donald C. Fisher passes

Rev. Don Fisher was a lifelong minister of The Wesleyan Church. He died Sunday, October 27, at age 96. He pastored three Wesleyan churches in Ohio and was district superintendent in Ohio from 1953-1963, then chose to go back into local church ministry. He had two...