The Chesapeake Connection :: July 2015 :: Special Conference Edition; Conference Review and Elections; Go+Make and Generous Church Event; DBMD Submission Deadline

July 2015 

2015 VISION 2020: Transformed . . . Lives, Leaders, Churches, Communities

Drawing from the Vision Statement of the Wesleyan Church, 2015 Vision 2020 (Chesapeake District Conference) focused on transformed . . . lives, leaders, churches and communities.  The conference began with the image of transformer toys and their motto "more than meets the eye."  As followers of Christ who are filled with His Spirit we are constantly being transformed by the renewing of our minds into the image of Christ and therefore we are becoming more than meets the eye. Along with electing district officials and tending to district business, conference delegates and attendees were inspired by three transforming messages: 

Dr. Jo Anne Lyon, General Superintendent of The Wesleyan Church and also a member of the Chesapeake District, gave the State of the Church Address. During her report she shared her personal testimony of transformation when she gave up her own self-righteousness.  She said, “When we confess our sins and when we are filled with the Holy Spirit the evidence of love, freedom, and hope shines through.”  God will take away our bent to sinning and set our hearts at liberty, as Charles Wesley penned in the hymn, Love Divine, All Loves Excelling, which filled the auditorium at the conclusion of Dr. Lyon’s message.

Rev. Kenneth Wagner, Pastor of UNITED Church (a new church plant) in Dover, Delaware focused on transformed churches and communities.  Basing his thoughts on a phrase found in Ed Catmull’s book, Creativity Inc., Pastor Kenneth shared a series of “two-inch” moments (moments that could have gone either way) in his personal life leading to his God-given vision to “love Delaware until their hearts beat like His!”  As a result, Dover UNITED Church is committed to not just being a church in Dover, but a church for Dover; a church focused on transforming its community for Christ.

Pastor Kenneth reminded us that as followers of Christ we are all here at this moment, “for a time such as this,” to see transformation happen. Through all the “2 Inch” moments that could have gone another way but didn’t, God has us here to pour out His love and compassion to others, and to see all brought to the saving grace of Jesus Christ. We have this opportunity now by locking arms with other churches and being UNITED through the power of Jesus Christ.  

Rev. Moe Diggs, Senior Pastor of Waldorf Healing Place Church, spoke on transformed lives and leaders.  God gifts and empowers His people for the sole purpose of pouring them out into the hearts and lives of others.  The church exists to “go and make disciples;” to seek God and His will and then do it!  Rather than being held back by fear or doubt or personal sin, it’s time for leaders to be “sold out” for Christ, willing to empty themselves of everything, including their very lives, for God’s sake.  As believers assume this “sold out” posture before God they become useful vessels in God’s hands through which He pours out His Spirit and grace upon others.  “And we need this ongoing infilling of God’s Holy Sprit,” said Pastor Moe, “because we leak.”  By daily being in prayer and in God’s Word and by allowing ourselves to be poured out into others, we experience not only personal transformation, but the transformation of lives, leaders, churches and communities for Jesus Christ the world so desparately needs.. 

Chesapeake District of The Wesleyan Church
2015 Conference Elections

                                     District Board of Administration

                            District Superintendent                             Rev. Stanley Hoover
                            Assistant District Superintendent            Rev. Kenneth Figgs
                            District Secretary                                        Dr. Meredith Griffin, Jr.
                            District Treasurer                                        Mrs. Gayle Rietmulder

                            Ministerial Members                                 Lay Members
                            Rev. Mark Bunting                                      Mr. Curtis Cecil
                            Dr. Todd Crofford                                        Mr. Reginald Helms
                            Rev. Michael Hilson                                   Ms. Leeann Little
                            Rev. Timothy Wilson                                  Mr. Robert Searcey
                                                                                                   Mr. Graylin Walker
(Newly elected District Board of Administration)

                                       District Building Committee

                            Rev. Stanley Hoover (Chairperson)        Dr. Aaron Rummage (2016)
                            Mr. Brian Ackerman (2017)                       Mr. Robert Searcey (2016)
                            Mr. Rick Aubel (2017)                                Mr. Howard Simons (2016)
                            Mr. Bryan Elliott (2017)                              Rev. Kevin White (2016)
                            Mr. Jay Kern (2017)                

                              District 2016 Nominating Committee

                            Ministerial Members                                 Lay Members
                            Rev. Stanley Hoover (Chairperson)        Mr. Dale Jackson
                            Rev. Mark Bunting                                      Ms. Leeann Little
                            Rev. Maurice Diggs                                    Ms. Lauren Monroe
                            Rev. Timothy Wilson                                   Mr. Breydon Morton (Alternate)
                            Rev. George Bassey (Alternate)

                              2016 General Conference Delegates

                             Ministerial Members                                  Lay Members
                             Rev. Stanley Hoover (DS)                          Mrs. Gayle Bryan
                             Rev. Mark Bunting                                       Mr. Curtis Cecil
                             Dr. Todd Crofford                                         Mrs. Kim Diehl
                             Rev. Maurice Diggs                                     Mrs. Debbie Hoover
                             Rev. Kenneth Figgs                                     Mrs. Carolyn Fredricks
                             Rev. Michael Hilson                                    Ms. Leeann Little
                             Rev. Doug Morley                                        Mrs. Gayle Rietmulder
                             Rev. Michael Rogalski                                Mr. Chris Wagnon
                             Dr. Meredith Griffin (1st Alternate)            Mr. Earl McJeff (1st Alternate)
                             Rev. Jack Diehl (2nd Alternate)                Mr. Dale Jackson (2nd Alternate)


November 7, Go + Make and Generous Church Event
Don't Miss It!

Saturday, November 7th is the date set for GO + MAKE  a one-day, holistic, all-church discipleship training event for local church leaders plus a Generous Church Training event for lead pastors and spouses.  The event will be hosted by Calvary Wesleyan Church in Harrington, Delaware for the Chesapeake District and will run from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. Don’t miss this day of training and learning. This event is a great opportunity for you and your church congregants to be challenged and energized by our denominational leaders. Presenters are Jeremy Summers, Director of Spiritual Formation for The Wesleyan Church; Kathy George, Children’s Ministry Director for The Wesleyan Church; and, Scott Simmons, Director of Youth Ministries for The Wesleyan Church. The Generous Church Training for lead pastors and their spouses will be presented by The Generous Church organization. Andy Stanley, Senior Pastor, North Point Community Church, Alpharetta, GA say of this event, “The Generous Church team are partners to churches striving to create cultures of generosity by reaching every steward. Creating culture starts with the leaders, and the team brings the vision, strategies, and tools to equip church leaders for this important yet challenging task."

Click HERE to register either individually or as a group.


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.

MADE TO THRIVE: 2015 Denton Family Camp

Denton Family Camp is scheduled for July 24 through August 2, 2015.  Dr. Karl Eastlack, Co-District Superintendent of the Penn-Jersey District and Dr. Harry Wood, Special Assistant to the General Superintendent will be the main speakers. Gaither Homecoming Artist, Allison Spear will be in  concert on Wednesday, July 29. For more information visit the Denton Camp website at  Click HERE to download a camp newsletter and schedule. 


FOLLOW 2015 International Wesleyan Youth Conference is coming to the Indianapolis Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana on December 28-31, 2015.  Geared for students ages twelve and up, 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. For more information go to or like Follow2015 on Facebook.  


Please mark your calendars with the following important dates:


IGNITE High School Camp
July 13-18
DBA Meeting
July 21, 9:00 am
Denton Family Camp
July 24 - August 2
DBMD Meeting
September 8
DBA Meeting
September 15, 9:00 am
Ordination at Laurel Wesleyan
October 18, 6:00 pm
Go + Make, Harrington Calvary
November 7, 9 am - 3:30 pm
DBMD Meeting
November 10
DBA Meeting
November 15, 9:00 am



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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Communicating Christ-Likeness
Developing Effective Pastors and Leaders
Reaching Our Communities for Christ
Multiplying Healthy New Churches
Pursuing New People and Cultures
Nurturing Vibrant Student Ministries
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