The Chesapeake Connection :: May 2016 :: Vision 2020 -Register for Lunch; Kids Camp; IGNITE Camps; Family Camp; Other District News

VISION 2020! 
Multiplying People, Services, and Congregations

2016 Vision 2020 will be a one-day event Monday, June 27, 2016 at LaPlata New Life Church, 9690 Shepherds Creek Pl, La Plata, Maryland for all pastors and delegates. The conference will include breakout sessions and an inspiring rally that celebrates past victories and focuses on next steps to make more disciples for Christ. Registration will begin at 8:00 am with the first business session beginning at 9:00 am. Event speaker is Pastor Michael Rogalski of LifePoint Church, Waldorf, Maryland. Breakout sessions include: Multiplying People with an Emphasis on Growth Tracks, Pastors Kenneth Wagner and Mark Tennefoss of United Wesleyan Church; Newcomer Integration, Debbie Hoover, Catalytic Coach for Congregational Transformation; Multiplying Services, Pastor Moe Diggs of Healing Place Church, Multiplying Congregations, Pastor Mike Hilson of LaPlata New Life Church; and Developing Staff to Lead, Pastor Ken Figgs of Calvary Wesleyan Church.  For a more detailed description of each workshop CLICK HERE.

You may purchase a boxed lunch for this one-day event by CLICKING HERE. Please note that you will need to sign in as a guest. After signing in and selecting a meal, there will be opportunity to add other people and pay the total amount for all selected meals. There will only be a 45-50 minute break for lunch so it is advised that attendees take advantage of the boxed lunch purchase. The box lunch is a pre-purchase option and will not be available after June 13, 2016. 

Suggested housing for those wishing to arrive in the LaPlata area on Sunday evening before conference includes:  Courtyard Marriott – Waldorf, 3145 Crain Highway, (301) 885-3333; Hampton Inn – Waldorf, 3750 Crain Highway, (301) 632-9600; and Hilton Garden Inn – Waldorf, 10385 Odonnell Place, (240) 222-0000.

SOUL WARS: Our Faith Awakens
Chesapeake Kids Camp 2016

The battle between the light and the dark side will come alive during Kids Camp 2016. Scheduled for June 20-24 at Denton Wesleyan Campgrounds, Kids Camp is for children going into 2nd grade through 6th grade. Registration is $195 if postmarked by May 21st and $245 after that date. Click HERE to download a copy of the registration form. Email for more information and join Chesapeake District Kid's Camp on Facebook. May the FAITH be with you!


IGNITE CAMPS are coming to the Denton Wesleyan Campgrounds with the Middle School Camp being held on July 11-16, 2016 and the High School Camp being held on July 18-23, 2016. Drew Freyder will serve as speaker for the Middle School Camp and Charles Dawes for the High School Camp. Camps will also feature illusionist Jared Hall (Middle School) and comedian Bone Hampton (High School). Click HERE for more informationa about IGNITE CAMP 2016 and to download registration forms!

Church Becomes a Catalyst for Their Community 
The Journey Church

On Saturday April 9, The Journey Church had an amazing opportunity to partner with Woodside Elementary School and the Maryland Food Bank to distribute more than 35,000 pounds of food to the Glen Burnie community. Woodside PTA President and Vice President, Don and Tina Williams, are active members at The Journey, and rekindled the relationship between the church and school last fall. Our congregation supported the local school in their Fall Festival by collecting turkeys for their Thanksgiving food distribution and hosting a recent Parent/Teacher event at the church. When the church was contacted in March to see if we would host a community food distribution, partnering with the school and foodbank, we were thrilled. A little coordination, faithful volunteers from the school, our congregation, and Pastor Graylin and his crew from The Dome (a sister church in the New Life network) and a whole lot of God showing up made for an incredible event.  

When we scheduled the event for April 9 and enjoyed 80 degree temps the week before, I don’t think any of us anticipated facing freezing temperatures, sleet and snow that day.  When asked if we wanted to reschedule what was to be an outdoor event, we rolled up our sleeves, changed our plans, and put a lot of faith in God to work out the details. Our congregation is about 50 people and the logistics of pulling off an indoor change was slightly daunting. Of course, there was also a fear that the bad weather would keep needy families away, and then what would we do with a tractor trailer full of food that was dropped off to us with no way back to the food bank?  However, the thought of families going without trumped any concerns and fueled determination.

Dedicated volunteers from both organizations made quick work of turning a parking-lot event into a successful indoor distribution.  Drizzle, cold and a few minutes of sleet and hail accompanied setup as we unloaded thousands of pounds of food from pallets outside to create an indoor food warehouse of sorts. God showed up in a way that only He can - 30 minutes prior to our distribution time all the rain and sleet cleared and remained that way for the duration of the event. What a testimony to others as it rained all around us for the entire four hours, while our parking lot and all the families going in and out, as well as our volunteers who were managing traffic and distributing frozen food from pallets outside stayed dry. . . . (CLICK HERE to read further).

Our mission at the Journey Church is to reach into our community with the love and hope of Jesus Christ, inviting all to the journey of abundant life in Him. We are grateful God gave us the opportunity to do that in such an incredible way. His favor leaves me in awe and anticipation of what’s next. Written by Pastor Jenn Lagacy, The Journey Church

Ecuador Relief

Ecuador is in a state of emergency following two major earthquakes hitting within ten day of each other. The devastating natural disaster has taken the lives of over 500 people and injured more than 4,000.  With ongoing aftershocks, the country is in ruins and the hunt for missing victims continues.  Hundreds of buildings have been damaged, including some 150 schools.  Many remote villages are still inaccessible due to landslides and damaged communications systems.

World Hope International has long been dedicated to providing emergency responses to countries and communities that require assistance.  They are currently working to provide Ecuador with water filters and hygiene kits - two vital emergency supplies according to their Wesleyan Church partners on the ground.

Besides the prayers of Wesleyan's throughout the world for the victims and their families, World Hope International is also seeking donations to help purchase and deliver these much needed emergency supplies.  Donations can be made by going to HELP ECUADOR on the World Hope International website.  Thanks for your prayers and financial contributions!


Marilyn Searcey serves as the pastor of Mardela Springs Wesleyan Church (MSWC) in Mardela Springs, Maryland. Marilyn has been ministering to people in various capacities for most of her life. Her early career as a Social Worker allowed her the opportunity to minister to people in schools, hospitals, and community organizations. This experience and training has only enhanced her ministry to people through her role as pastor in the rural community of Mardela Springs.

Through the revitalization of MSWC there is a new mission to have great impact in the community through its partnerships with community organizations and its ministries to the imprisoned, the homeless, widows, and orphans. Marilyn describes MSWC as a microchurch on a mighty mission for Christ. She is a firm believer that small churches don’t need to think small, but can have great impact in the Body of Christ. 

Marilyn earned her master’s degree in Social in 1993 and is scheduled to graduate April 30th from Wesley Seminary with a Master’s in Practical Theology. In addition to her role as pastor, she serves as the President of the Chesapeake Camp & Conference Center and Adjunct Professor at Salisbury University.  She, also, serves on various community boards and committees and as the Chesapeake Director of Children’s Camping Ministries.

This year Marilyn and Robert Searcey will celebrate 25 years of marriage. Robert is a partner in ministry as well as the Director of Facilities for the Delmar School District. He serves on the District Board of Administration for the Chesapeake District as well as the District Building Committee. They have three adult children: Ryan, Luke, and Hannah.   

Community Partnerships Have Global Impact

“RICE” was a familiar cry on Saturday, April 2 as nearly 500 people worked together in the little town of Harrington, Delaware. Volunteers came from the community surrounding the little, big community that 3,300 people call home. Numerous churches came together to work alongside Calvary Wesleyan Church (CWC). Individuals from both Trinity Wesleyan Church and United Wesleyan Church came to help. As well, countless other churches from towns surrounding sent volunteers to assist. What could bring these diverse groups of Wesleyans, Methodists, Independents and even those outside the local congregations together to serve? The goal of packing 100,000 meals that are being sent to refugees of the Syrian crisis.  

It was the sixth year that CWC of Harrington has sponsored the food packing. In those six years, around 400,000 meals have been packed. Global Aid Network, also known as GAiN, is an organization in Pennsylvania that works to facilitate packing events with churches. CWC of Harrington was their very first mobile packing site and is currently their largest long-term church partner. It took about one and half hours to pack 50,000 meals at the seven stations.  

The impact of packing meals isn’t the only benefit. CWC members spoke of meeting people from other communities and congregations, and some without a church home. Being able to fellowship while working on a common goal created bonds that will continue outside of this event. Another benefit is that it is a multi-generational event as well. Families were encouraged to come and serve alongside their children. It wasn’t shocking to see three generations serving together.   
CWC of Harrington is not finished! The dream is to continue to make this a truly community event by moving the packing to the local fairgrounds and doubling the impact by packing 200,000 meals.  At a cost of .25 cents a meal, it is not a cheap event. CWC is looking for other churches to help sponsor this event so that together our world continues to be impacted with the message of Christ! Written by Curtis Cecil, Calvary Wesleyan Church.

An Impressive Wesleyan Response to the Water Crisis in Flint, Michigan

What Wesleyans are doing in Flint, Michigan is impressive. Working in cooperation with the Flint Grassroots Initiative, The Wesleyan Church has provided both financial and volunteer support. In fact, about 70 percent of the volunteers are Wesleyan with approximately 350+ different Wesleyans volunteering from as far away as Georgia, Missouri, and New York. This, along with the great financial support received from the Wesleyan Emergency Relief Fund has resulted in a huge "thank you" from the Flint Grassroots Initiative.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the situation in Flint, Michigan calls for a long term response. Right now, the Flint Grassroots Initiative is planning water distributions and many other services for at least the next 12-18 months. Individuals and churches interested in volunteering are encouraged to contact the Flint Grassroots Initiative directly at or by calling 810-742-8450. Donations can still be made through the Wesleyan Emergency Relief Fund at


The General Conference of The Wesleyan Church will be held at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center in Buffalo, New York on June 4-8, 2016. The conference will feature inspirational worship and rallies with emphasis on international ministries and church multiplication. It will address current issues affecting the Church and a new General Superintendent will be elected.  In preparation for this historic event, The Wesleyan Church has issued a 2016 GENERAL CONFERENCE PRAYER GUIDE to assist individuals and local churches in their prayers for the future of The Wesleyan Church.

EXPONENTIAL Announces Regional Venues

Exponential is pleased to announce that in addition to their East and West Conferences there will also be two Regional Conferences to help make their events more accessible to church leaders in local geographic areas. One of the Regional Conferences will be held in Washington, D.C. at the New Life Christian Church on September 12-13, 2016.These two-day events are designed to bring the full impact of the main stage from the Exponential East and West conferences closer to home. Plus, the Regional events offer numerous and innovative opportunities for leadership and launch teams to come together and be part of the same conversation as well as gather face-to-face with other church planters and learn from their peers.Join hundreds of leaders for inspiration, encouragement and equipping at Exponential’s Washington DC Regional church planting conference in Chantilly, Virginia. R000egister early as space is limited at these smaller, more intimate gatherings. CLICK HERE for more information.  

Worship Well Conference 2016 

Healing Place Church is hosting The WORSHIP WELL Conference for worship leaders, band members, technical and creative artists. WORSHIP WELL 2016 promises to bring encouragement, creativity and insight to each worship team role. Sion Alford, Executive Worship Pastor of Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas, will again lead the conference. Sion travels the globe ministering through Word and song to congregations and worship teams who desire an intimacy with God that goes beyond the music to a place of continual relationship with the Father.

WORSHIP WELL 2016 will be held Friday and Saturday, September 23-24, 2016 at Healing Place Church, 2106 Crain Highway, Waldorf, MD.  Space is limited so sign up TODAY!  Early Bird Registration is $59.00 per person through May 6, 2016.  After May 6, 2016 registration will be $69.00 per person.  Register at:

FLAME provides classes for credentialing in The Wesleyan church in an onsite, intensive setting. Each class last 2.5 days.  FLAME events are typically a week long (Monday-Friday), allowing a student to complete two courses (one the first half of the week and one the second half of the week).

Future FLAME dates and locations include: 
  • June 20-24, 2016 – Awakening Church, Colorado Springs, CO
  • July 11-15, 2016 – Southern Wesleyan University – Central SC
  • August 8-12, 2016 – Kingswood University- Sussex, NB
  • September 12-16, 2016 - Hayward Wesleyan Church - Hayward, WI
  • September 12-14, 2016 - EFM at New Life Church - La Plata, MD
  • October 3-7, 2016 – West Michigan – Location TBD
  • November 7-11, 2016 – Oakland, CA, Location TBD
  • February 20-24, 2017 - EFM at New Life Church - La Plata, MD
Go to for more information about the FLAME program.


Please mark your calendars with the following important dates:


DBMD Meeting
May 14, 9:00 am
DBA Meeting
May 17, 9:00 am
June 4-8, 2016
Kids Camp
June 20-24, 2016
Vision 2020
June 27, 2016
IGNITE Middle School Camp
July 11-16, 2016
DBA Meeting
July 17, 9:00 am
IGNITE High School Camp
July 18-23, 2016
Denton Family Camp
July 29-August 7, 2016



The Chesapeake District exists to create and empower local churches to impact their communities for Christ.


By District Conference 2020, the Chesapeake District will reach 20,000 new converts and will average 20,000 in primary worship attendance.

The entire operation of the Chesapeake District will be focused to this vision.  Every church and every pastor will be mobilized to double or triple its influence through evangelism, church health and growth, community service, and multiplication.

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