Category : POTW

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Pastor of the Week: Jorge Escalante

By: Dezaray Barr — Jorge Escalante is the Pastor of Hispanic Ministries at Trinity Church in Indianapolis. He graduated from high school in 1996 and went to community college for one semester. Trinity Church is located on the North East side of Indianapolis, and Escalante said that they serve a diverse community; “We are working

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Pastor of the Week: Mike Hewitt

By: Dezaray Barr — Michael Hewitt is the Senior and Founding Pastor of Rising Hope Church in Muncie, Indiana. He graduated from Grace College in 1996 with a degree in Music Education & Performance. He was ordained by the Wesleyan Church in 2010. “In 1991, I enrolled at Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana,” he

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Pastor of the Week: Kiersten Telzerow

By: Dezaray Barr — Kiersten Telzerow graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) in 2014 with a degree in Christian Ministries and a minor in Leadership. She is now the Small Group Director at Barracks Row AM Campus for the National Community Church in Washington, DC. She said that IWU played a huge role in who

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Pastor of the Week: Josh Lavender

By: Dezaray Barr — Joshua Lavender graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) in 2012 with a degree in Church Music. He went on to obtain his Master’s in Worship Studies from The Institute for Worship Studies. He’s currently studying for his doctorate from the same institution. Lavender is now the Worship Pastor at Trinity Church

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Pastor of the Week: Joe Ruberg

By: Dezaray Barr — Joe Ruberg is the pastor of the First Community Church of Matthews in Matthews, Indiana. Ruberg attended Greenville College and Taylor University. He graduated from Moody Bible Institute in 1976 with a degree in Pastoral Ministry. Although he originally attended Greenville College to pursue business administration, God made it clear to

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Pastor of the Week: Steve DeNeff

By: Dezaray Barr — Rev. Steve DeNeff graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) with an undergraduate degree in 1981 and with his M.Div. in 1996. He received an honorary Ph.D. from IWU in 2003. “The years I attended IWU were primarily in response to my call to ministry a year earlier,” DeNeff shared. “I navigated

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Pastor of the Week: Josh Hilty

By: Dezaray Barr — Josh Hilty graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) in 2006 with a degree in Christian Ministries. He graduated from Wesley Seminary in 2013 with a master’s degree. Hilty is now the Executive and Discipleship Pastor of Brenneman Memorial Missionary Church in Goshen, Indiana. Hilty shared, “In my time at IWU, I

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Pastor of the Week: Jim “Umfundisi” Lo

By: Noelle Beans — Dr. Jim “Umfundisi” Lo now serves as the interim pastor of Parkview Wesleyan Church in Chesterfield, IN. Here at Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU), Umf, as students lovingly call him, serves as the campus intercessor and a professor of intercultural studies. Dr. Lo received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from IWU.

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Pastor of the Week: Tim Dilley

By: Kendra Housel — Reverend Tim Dilley is the lead pastor of Good Shepherd United Methodist in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He has been the lead pastor there for the past 20 months. In 1981, he graduated with his bachelors of arts in pre-seminary studies from United Wesleyan College. He then went on to study church

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Pastor of the Week: Tony Bye

By: Dezaray Barr — Tony Bye is the Lead Pastor at Brookhaven Wesleyan Church in Marion, Indiana. He graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministry. He graduated from Wesley Seminary in 2013 with his M. Div. During his time at IWU, Bye was influenced by many professors.

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