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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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Pastor of the Week: Chief Harold Rodgers

By: Dezaray Barr — Harold C. Rodgers, Jr. currently serves as the Chief of Police for the McCordsville Metropolitan Police Department, and he has served in that capacity since September 1990. In October 2016, he was blessed with the opportunity to serve as a bi-vocational Pastor for the Knightstown First Wesleyan Church. “I was a

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Pastor of the Week: Joel Gearhart

By: Dezaray Barr — Joel Gearhart is the Congregational Care Pastor of Brookhaven Wesleyan Church in Marion, IN. He graduated from Marion College (now IWU) in 1974 with a bachelor’s degree in Religion. “My college experience gave me an opportunity to develop spiritually and in the area of leadership,” Gearhart said.  “The opportunities for spiritual

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Pastor of the Week: Jim Sonnefield

By: Dezaray Barr — Jim Steven Sonnefield is the Assistant Pastor and oversees Adult Ministries at Lakeview Wesleyan Church in Marion, Indiana. He graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a masters degree in Christian Leadership in 2011, after previously receiving his undergraduate degrees in Education from Indiana State University and Ball State University. When asked

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Pastor of the Week: Matt Aukerman

By: Dezaray Barr — Rev. Matthew Aukerman and his family serve with Global Partners on missions team in Durrës, Albania in a church called Kisha e Shpreses (The Church of Hope). He graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington in 1989 with a B.S. in secondary education. “Before beginning service with Global Partners, I taught seventh-grade math

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