Category : POTW

Pastor of the Week: Matt Carder

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By: Dezaray Barr — Matt Carder graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2002 with a degree in Christian Ministries. He is currently is the lead and founding pastor of Commonway Church in Muncie, Indiana. Carder’s time at IWU was truly valuable to him and has heavily impacted his future. “My time at IWU really helped prepare

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Pastor of the Week: Dan Berry

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By: Emily Lehner — Dr. Dan Berry is the District Superintendent for the South Coastal District of the Wesleyan Church. Before his position as District Superintendent, Berry served as a pastor in different churches in Pennsylvania, as the District Superintendent for the New England region of the Wesleyan Church and at a church in Warsaw, Indiana.

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Kent Bjurstrom: Pastor of the Week

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By: Emily Lehner — Kent Bjurstrom is the Pastor of Student Ministries at Northview Church in Carmel, Indiana. He graduated from IWU in the Spring of 2005 with bachelors’ degrees in Business Administration and Communications (Public Relations). His decision to attend Indiana Wesleyan was effortless. He stated, “There was really no other place I wanted

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Alex Falder and Relational Evangelism (Pastor of the Week)

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By: Emily Lehner — Alex Falder graduated from Lakeview Christian High School, and although it was a tough decision between Indiana Wesleyan and Taylor University, Falder chose Taylor University. His call to ministry goes back farther than college. Falder’s youth pastor was Charlie Alcock. Falder said, “My call to ministry was really felt during my

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Jeff Luedtke and The Branch (Pastor of the Week)

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By: Emily Lehner — Jeff Luedtke is the Lead Pastor at Fairmount Wesleyan Church in Fairmount, Indiana. He is a 1996 Indiana Wesleyan graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministries, and a 2008 graduate with a master’s degree in Ministry with a Leadership emphasis. He stated, “My time at Indiana Wesleyan influenced everything about

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Marc Ulrich – Cultivating Hope (Pastor of the Week)

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By: Emily Lehner — Marc Ulrich graduated from Indiana Wesleyan in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in Youth Ministries. During his four years at IWU, he married his wife, Heather, and the couple now has two sons, Shad and Carson. Although Ulrich grew up in Plymouth, Indiana, the family moved out-of-state for many years. Now,

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Matthew Barnes: Part 2, Chaplain of Indiana Statehouse (Pastor of the Week)

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By: Heather Cox — Find Part 1 of Matthew Barnes’ story here: http://iwualumniblog.com/2017/05/pow-barnes-1   As Barnes’ job as Statehouse Chaplain progressed and evolved, it began to mean doing Bible studies with legislators, staffers and lobbyists. Since then, the Capitol has also brought on a women’s chaplain who does women’s Bible studies and ministers to all

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Paul N. Trent – A Legacy of Servanthood

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By: Emily Lehner — Paul N. Trent is fighting an aggressive form of brain cancer, but according to Dr. Jim Lo, Trent’s legacy will live on far longer than his physical battles. Lo and Rev. Robert Van Cise went to minister to Trent in the hospital the past weekend, and Lo said, “We left having

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Pastor of the Week: Richard Cole

By: Heather Cox — Richard Lee Cole graduated from Marion College (now Indiana Wesleyan University) in 1985 with a B.S. in Christian Ministries and an Associates degree in Christian Education. Today, Cole has been the lead Pastor and founder of Daybreak Community Church located in Lapel, Indiana for 20 years. Before he was a Pastor,

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