Pastor of the Week: Dale Munsell
By: Dezaray Barr
Dale Munsell attended Marion College (now Indiana Wesleyan University) in 1983 to work toward a bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministries. He spent some time studying in the FLAME program of the Wesleyan Church. He was ordained by the Wesleyan Church in August of 2005 and now serves as the Pastor of Cornerstone Wesleyan Church and the Principal of Cornerstone Christian School, both located in Albion, Indiana. He is currently finishing his undergrad studies through IWU and plans to continue at Wesleyan Seminary to complete his Masters of Divinity.
Munsell said that he has always felt a tug on his heart for ministry, and he received his calling around the age of seventeen.
Munsell is excited to be working in such a great place, especially one of both church and school.
“Cornerstone Wesleyan Church has had a great ministry of discipleship and learning through their Pre-school and K-12 Christian school,” he said. “Through the A.C.E curriculum, this school has raised up many godly leaders over the past 24 years!”
During his time as a student at Marion College and IWU through Wesley Seminary, many professors inspired him, but one couple in-particular stands out.
“Dr. Jim ‘Umfundisi’ and Roxie Lo have had an amazing impact on my life over many years,” Munsell commented. “He is a great prayer warrior, mentor and blessing, and has been an encourager in ministry to not only myself, but to three generations of my family including my parents and my children.”
If Munsell could say one thing to current students, he would tell them to be faithful in the small opportunities they have to love God and others. “He will increase your opportunities as you are obedient to his daily plans,” Munsell said.
He would also encourage students to hold loosely to their own plans and to not assume they know the will of God. “But instead,” Munsell explained, “stay close to Him and let Him lead you down the paths that he has prepared and blessed for you.”
Dale is married to Lori, whom he met at Marion College. “It has been my privilege and pleasure to serve God in all areas of my life,” Munsell said. “I am thankful for the opportunity to put my life in the hands of our Great God and King as we begin this new adventure… at Cornerstone Wesleyan Church.”
Summary thoughts by Rick Carder, Director of Alumni and Church Relations: I am thrilled to call Dale a good friend. He is a man of integrity and serves the Lord out of a servant’s heart. He is driven to teach and lead others and has mentored several alumni who are serving the local church successfully.
Written by Dezaray Barr, PR Specialist for the Alumni Office. Dezaray is a junior Strategic Communication and Honors Humanities double major at Indiana Wesleyan University in the John Wesley Honors College. At IWU, Dezaray runs both the JWHC Blog and her own blog. Visit Dez’s website at www.dezaraybarr.weebly.com.