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Every follower of Jesus is called to be a disciple who is discipling someone else in the way of Jesus, but exploring how we make more disciples, how people change, or how we measure discipleship can be much more complicated.

This year, College Church in partnership with Wesleyan Headquarters invite you to join the conversation and discover more at The Festival on Discipleship, and let's pursue our call to make more and better disciples together.

Festival Schedule

6:00pm              Registration/Check in

6:30pm              Opening Session:  More and Better | Steve DeNeff                                 

7:45pm              Desert Reception in Atrium: Sponsored by The CMAD Team of The Wesleyan Church

8:15pm              Ministry Spotlight Interview: Paul Tillman at Oakdale Wesleyan Church

9:00pm              Final Announcements, Door Prize, and Dismissal

9:00am            Morning Worship and Opening | Jordan Rife

9:15am            Workshop: Reexamining the Launch – Evangelism with Discipleship in Mind | Matt LeRoy

10:00am           Workshop: Measuring the Middle – Recognizing Change After Conversion | Dave Drury

11:15am           Workshop: Identifying Triggers – How People Change | Jason Runyan

12:00pm          Lunch Break

1:15pm            Workshop: Growing Disciples – Bringing Diversity into the Conversation | Joanne Solis-Walker

2:15pm            Workshop: Structured for Discipleship – Aligning the Organization with Desired Outcomes | Jon Wiest

3:15pm            Closing Worship Service | Steve DeNeff

4:15pm            Concluding Prayer Time around the Tables

Conference Speakers

Steve DeNeff

Lead Pastor | College Wesleyan Church

Dr. Steve DeNeff currently serves as Senior Pastor of College Wesleyan Church in Marion, IN. On the campus of Indiana Wesleyan University, the church is an inter-generational congregation in an academic setting that exists within a city that is economically and educationally strained. College Church partners with community leaders to reverse the spiritual, economic and educational gears that contribute to poverty. In addition to being a frequent contributor to Wesleyan periodicals, Steve travels extensively as a speaker to conferences, camps and retreats, and is active n the training and development of new ministers. His books include WAY OF HOLINESS, MORE THAN FORGIVENESS, SEVEN SAVING GRACES, and SOULSHIFT: The Measure of a Life Transformed, and most recently, FAULT LINES. Pastor Steve earned his B.A. and M.A. from Indiana Wesleyan University where he also received an honorary doctorate in 2003. For over 30 years, he has been the lucky husband of Lori and is the father of two adult children. He and Lori welcomed their first grandbaby in September, Maddox Ryne.

David Drury

Chief of Staff | The Wesleyan Church

Known for his heart and humor, David Drury teaches in a way that is relevant to the next generation and faithful to Christian tradition. Starting as a night janitor for a church at the age of 19, David says he's had similar jobs ever since, such as church planter, executive pastor, and chief of staff of the international headquarters of The Wesleyan Church. He is the author or co-author of ten books, including God is for Real, Transforming Presence, Being Dad, SoulShift, and Ageless Faith. Find him online at David and his wife, Kathy, have three children: Maxim Karina, and Lauren

Matt Leroy

Co-Founding Pastor | Love Chapel Hill Church

Matt LeRoy is a preacher and church planter. He is married to Sarah and Dad to twin sons, Luke and Sam.
Matt is co-founding pastor of Love Chapel Hill, an eclectic church plant reaching college students, families, and the local homeless population. He is the director of The Circuit, a collective of Jesus Pioneers planting new churches. And he is creator of the Love Lab series, a missional discipleship resource for local churches.

Jordan Rife

Worship Co-Director | College Wesleyan Church

Jordan Rife serves as one of the worship arts directors alongside her husband, Daniel, at College Wesleyan Church in Marion, Indiana. She graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2012 with a bachelors degree in Psychology and a minor in Christian Worship. Jordan loves the conversation of worship, the Church Year, and getting to work with a large variety of volunteers on a weekly basis.

Jason Runyan

Professor of Psychology | Indiana Wesleyan University

Jason D. Runyan is Professor of Psychology at Indiana Wesleyan University. He writes and speaks on issues related to spiritual formation from an integrative perspective, drawing from psychology, philosophy and theology.

Joanne Solis-Walker

Assistant Dean of Global Theological Education | Wesley Seminary

Joanne Solis-Walker is an ordained minister of The Wesleyan Church. She has a PhD in Organizational Leadership and Development with an emphasis in Ecclesial Leadership and is committed to the formation of Christian leaders. Joanne serves as Assistant Dean of Global Theological Education at Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University and previously as Director of Education for Latin@s at the same institution. Dr. Solis-Walker contributed to pioneering one of the first primarily online, Spanish Master of Divinity in the nation, accredited by the Association of Theological Schools, which was contextualized to respond to the needs of the Hispanic-Latino community. Professor Solis-Walker is co-editor of Didache: Faithful Teaching an online journal, and Vice-President of the Executive Committee at AETH. She is also Chair of Spanish Ministerial Education and Formation, serving under Education and Clergy Development of The Wesleyan Church. Joanne is of Puerto Rican descent, lives in Indiana with her husband Dan, their miracle daughter Adriana and the family's boxer Kahlua Faith. She loves to sing, travel and spend time with the people she loves.

Paul Tillman

Lead Pastor | Oakdale Wesleyan Church

Rev. Paul Tillman, OblSB (Pastor Paul) serves as lead pastor at Oakdale Wesleyan Church. A tactical leader, with a passion to see individuals and the Church corporate conformed to the image of Christ, he expresses this passion primarily in the areas of spiritual formation, multi-ethnic ministry, and preaching. Paul has earned a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Grace School of Theology and Ministry, a B.A. in Humanities and Religious Studies from California State University Sacramento, and a M.Div. from Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University. He is ordianed in The Wesleyan Church and an oblate of St. Benedict. Paul has been blessed to live in multi-cultural communities, growing up and ministering in the San Francisco Bay Area, later in the Sacramento Metro Area, and now in Minneapolis St. Paul Metro Area.

Jon Wiest

Multiplication Pastor | Trinity Church in Indianapolis, IN

Jon Wiest is passionate about disciple making, church planting and racial reconciliation. He was privileged to plant two thriving churches before taking his current assignment as the Multiplication Pastor at Trinity Church in Indianapolis, IN. Jon also serves as the Multiplication Director of the Crossroads District and recently launched Circle City Network, a relational church planting network in Indianapolis. Jon is married to his wife, Katie, and has four beautiful girls.

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Festival on Discipleship | May 14-15 | College Wesleyan Church