Chris Conrad is the District Superintendent for West Michigan District of the Wesleyan Church.. “My goal in my job is to serve as a pastor and leader to churches in this region, helping all accomplish the mission of seeing everyone come to have a deep relationship with Jesus Christ and be filled with the Holy Spirit,” he said. He focuses on encouraging and empowering church leaders to be successful. He currently serves on the IWU board and previously he completed a master’s degree there. He is also currently working toward a PhD in Organizational Leadership at IWU.
Conrad will be attending General Conference as a delegate. He holds the position of elder or ordained delegate, and will be leading a group of people from the West Michigan District to General Conference. His main goal regarding General Conference is to spread awareness about colleges and universities. At General Conference this year, there are memorials suggesting that the funds being given to colleges be reduced.
“I, personally, believe that our colleges and universities are the future of our denomination. They are key in raising up leaders for today and tomorrow’s generation,” said Conrad. He plans to help strengthen Wesleyan colleges. He believes his passion for this subject roots in his time spent pursuing a degree at IWU and his involvement as a board member. Conrad believes in the future for Wesleyan colleges and sees them as a place where leaders are made.
Written by Emily Lehner, a writer for the Alumni Center and a sophomore Writing major at IWU. She is active on the cross country and track teams. She is passionate about using her writing skills to share the good news of Christ with others and writes often on her personal blog at www.emilylehner.wordpress.com.