The Chesapeake Connection :: December 2015 :: Pastor & Spouse Gathering; Follow 2015; Getting to Know Our District Pastors; and other district news.


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Pastor & Spouse Gathering
February 1 & 2, 2016

Pastors, Assistant Pastors, and Ministerial Students join our awesome Gathering committee: Curtis & Mandy Cecil, Jack & Kim Diehl, Marissa & Brian Ackerman, and Bryan & Heather Sells on February 1 & 2 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort, Cambridge, Maryland for a fun and inspiring time of connection and learning!

The event speaker is Dr. Wayne Schmidt, former church planter, leading pastor, and now Vice President of IWU for Wesley Seminary. The program will begin at 2:30pm on Monday, February 1 and concludes on Tuesday, February 2 by 3:30pm. The cost per couple for the event is $125 and $100 for singles through December 18, 2015. After December 18 – January 8 registration is $150 and $125 respectively. After January 8, the rate will be based on availability at the hotel’s prevailing rate. Registration fee is nonrefundable. Please note you will not be considered as registered until the registration fee is received. To register for the event (one form per couple or single), please send the following registration form and a check or money order to the Chesapeake District Office, 301 Kent Road, Glen Burnie, MD 21060.  Click here for registration form. 


Youth throughout the Chesapeake District are gearing up for FOLLOW 2015 International Wesleyan Youth Conference, coming to the Indianapolis Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana on December 28-31, 2015. FOLLOW 2015 celebrates 50 years of student ministry within The Wesleyan Church and is designed to motivate this generation to embark on the journey of finding their purpose in Jesus and living life on mission.

The Chesapeake District Youth is organizing charter bus transportation for $100 per person.  Pick-up and drop off will be at Real Life Wesleyan Church, 27399 Old Village Road, Mechanicsville, Maryland 20659. To reserve a seat please contact either Pastor Brent Schott at 301-858-3839 or or Pastor Shane Beauvais at 301-904-7590 or

To register for this event or for information go to  

Christmas Connections

Christmas provides the unique opportunity for Christians to become the "hands and feet of Jesus" to a world in desperate need of His hope, His help, and especially His love. In the January Chesapeake Connection, the editors of the district newsletter would like to highlight the many incarnational ministries taking place within our communities during the holiday season. Pastors and church leaders, share your story in a few sentences and send with  pictures to Debbie Hoover at

Getting to Know Our District Pastors

Pastor Doug & Karen Morley 

Doug Morley has just completed his eighteenth year as pastor of Bethel Wesleyan Church in Goldsboro, Maryland. Under his watch, God has blessed this congregation with incremental growth, having an average of 34 in attendance in 1997 to a current attendance average of 89. It was while pastoring in the Chesapeake District that Doug met and married his wife, Karen (Holland) in 2002. God has blessed them with two boys, Ryan (2004) and Drew (2007).
Doug earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oklahoma Wesleyan University (formerly Bartlesville Wesleyan College) in 1988 and a Masters of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary in 1995 at which time he moved to the Chesapeake District. Prior to pastoring Bethel Wesleyan, Doug served as Youth Pastor in Belleville, Kansas and as Youth/Young Adult Pastor of the Chesapeake “Cluster” Churches, which included Cedar Grove, Denton First, Goldsboro Bethel, Greensboro New Life, and Ridgely Immanuel. He also taught Bible at the Wesleyan Christian School in Denton.  

Doug enjoys spending time with his family, watching his sons play soccer, taking and posting pictures, working in the yard and around the house, taking walks with his dogs, and going to the beach.  He is especially grateful for his Christian heritage, God’s tug upon his heart at an early age, his call into full-time Christians service as a teen at youth camp, the many opportunities God has given him to share the love of Jesus with both young and old alike, and the privilege of being Karen’s husband and the dad of Ryan and Drew!  


Pastors’ Spouses, break away from everyday patterns and busy schedules to intentionally connect with God and each other at this special event planned just for you. Breakaway 2016 will be held at The Wesleyan Church Headquarters in Fishers, Indiana on April 15-16, 2016. Registration is $49 with online registrations beginning in January. If you are married to a pastor, this ministry is for you.  Space is limited to the first 300 registrants, so register early.  Click here for more information. 

Doctor of Ministry in Transformational Leadership

Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University will be launching an innovative Doctor of Ministry (DMIN) in Transformational Leadership.  Students in the program will learn from international speakers from around the world. The program will allow working ministers to earn a leadership doctorate while maintaining their pastoral positions. The four-year program will include online classes as well as two weeks of intensive study each June, offering students the opportunity to meet world-changing leaders in Atlanta, San Diego, and Oxford, England. To find out more about the design of the program, visit

GROWTH POINTS with Gary McIntosh

Why do most churches struggle in finding leaders? Could it be because most churches have no strategy for recruiting and developing new leaders? In the November 2015 issue of Growth Points, Dr. Gary McIntosh offers helpful insights to leadership development within the local church. Click here to download your  copy today.  

DBMD Establishes April 1 as Annual Deadline for All Required Submissions

The Chesapeake District Board of Ministerial Development (DBMD) has established April 1 of each district year as the annual deadline for all submissions to the board for evaluation and recommendation. This deadline includes annual service reports, recommendations for new ministerial students, and requests for ordination. Candidates for ordination not able to complete the required classwork and receive certification for ordination by the Division of Education and Clergy Development by the April 1 deadline will be considered by the DBMD in a subsequent year. Recommendations for new ministerial students and district licensing may be submitted any time following April 1 for consideration during the next fiscal year.

Protect My Ministry is Now Available for Background Checks at Minimal Cost

Churches of the Chesapeake District may now process background checks for both children and youth volunteers through a district account with Protect My Ministry. For a minimal yearly fee of $25 per church and cost of the individual background checks, churches may do background checks online and offer child protection training to volunteers. For more information, please contact Debbie Hoover at 410-571-9235 or email



Please mark your calendars with the following important dates:


December 28-31, 2015
DBMD Meeting
January 12, 7:00 pm
DBA Meeting
January 26, 9:00 am
Pastor & Spouse Gathering
February 1-2, 2016
March 8, 7:00 pm
DBA Meeting
March 15, 9:00 am
DBMD Meeting
April 19, 7:00 pm
DBMD Meeting
May 14, 9:00 am
DBA Meeting
May 17, 9:00 am



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