The Chesapeake Connection :: April 2016 :: Vision 2020; Hurlock Impact; Fuete De Vida Celebrates Anniversary; Kids & Youth Camp Information; 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. 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.

Ministerial Students Licensed by the DBA

In the March meeting of the District Board of Administration, four persons were granted a district licensed in the Chesapeake District.  Those licensed were Kristian Syversten from LifePoint Church, Robert Rogalski from LifePoint Church, Salome Smalling from Hyattsville National Wesleyan Church, and Graylin Walker from New Life LaPlata. 

Changing My Community One Person At a Time    
Hurlock Wesleyan's Community Impact

There is often a perception that small churches can have little impact in the community. Though this is typically true, to change a community one needs only to change one person and that person is usually the one in the mirror. Once this happens, followers of Christ can then begin to fight the good fight of transforming their community.

I have had many battles with my own thoughts of discouragement, but I realized God wanted me to change first. I decided I will not give up or shut up until my community is changed by Christ, one person at a time.The past three years of ministry at Hurlock have been just that; one person at a time. Our church has had people come and go for all types of reasons, but this did not stop our congregation. People have found Christ during all of these transitions and we have had opportunities to baptize several from ages 8 to 75. 

Perseverance in discipleship leads to a desire to reach the community and to see the community as God sees it. God has opened some doors, and our congregants are walking through them. I pray that these doors will remain open and more will be reached for the cause of Christ. A door to the middle school has opened for our church to provide school supplies for children and to show our love to the teachers with a monthly faculty appreciation breakfast. The congregants have provided Panera bagels, fruit, and juice for a faculty of 60. Both of these opportunities have proven to be a huge success. On top of that I was invited to do a career presentation on two different occasions at the school. 

Another door has opened for our congregation to serve at the Hudson House, a drug rehabilitation center and halfway house provider on the eastern shore. We have begun meeting with the house’s leadership and other churches from Salisbury, Hurlock, and Delmar to learn how we can assist is the rehabilitation process. The system appears broken, and I believe the church has been called to help. Not only are we working with the addicts, but we are also working on a presentation to the middle school kids on the realities of drug addiction.

Hurlock Church has also been working alongside the Episcopal Church in Hurlock with their food pantry. This pantry feeds 150-160 people every week. We assist with food supplies, monetary donations, and volunteers. It is my motto “why reinvent the wheel?” We may have limited resources, but we can have huge impacts when working with others.  

Speaking of working with others, Habitat for Humanity is coming to Hurlock. Habitat is kicking off a new affiliate in Hurlock and plans to build five homes. Our church is really excited about the opportunities this will open to share God’s love to our community. Our women’s ministry has developed the slogan (WIFI) “willing to fill in” and that is just what they are doing.  

With the understanding that God calls the church to reach their community, we thought it’s time to change.That is exactly what we are doing! We are in the process of updating our building and changing our name. The new name for this congregation at Hurlock is “Crossroads Community Church,” a name that matches who we truly have become.  
Written by Pastor Jeff Phillips  

Iglesia Fuente de Vida Celebrates Anniversary

In 2005 Pastor José Iván Cano came to the United States from Bogota, Colombia with his family. The same year The Wesleyan Church gave Pastor Cano the opportunity to start a Hispanic Congregation at Manassas, Virginia. Since that day Pastor Cano and his congregants have shared the love of Christ on the streets, in commercial centers, Hispanic supermarkets and on the football fields. At the beginning of 2006 the church started a worship service at the Community Center in an apartment complex located in Manassas. Out of that service the Hispanic congregation “Fuente de Vida” was birthed and after three years was relocated to 8899 Sudley Road in Manassas. In 2011 the Manassas congregation planted a “Daughter Congregation” in Arlington, Virginia.
Pastor Cano recounts, “God has brought many people to our ministry over the years. Not all people are now with us but we have discipled them about the need to invite Christ into their hearts for salvation and eternal life. Last weekend we enjoyed a beautiful celebration of our nine years as a Wesleyan Church (2007-2016). It was a blessing having our congregation and friends join us. We thank God for the leaders in the Chesapeake District and at the general level for their support. It was so valuable to move to the United States and continue the calling for which God brought us from Colombia. Thank you all for your prayers for our Hispanic Ministry in the Chesapeake District. God bless you.”


Todd and Diane Crofford planted Real Life Wesleyan Church in Mechanicsville, Maryland in the fall of 2008 where Todd currently serves as Senior Pastor and Diane is Director of Worship. Prior to 2008, Pastor Todd served as Senior Pastor at the Laurel Wesleyan Church, in Laurel, Delaware. Pastor Todd has a Bachelor’s Degree from Eastern Nazarene College, a Master of Ministry Degree from Indiana Wesleyan University, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Talbot Theological Seminary. Diane is a graduate of Roberts Wesleyan College with a bachelor’s degree in music. Pastor Todd is a big fan of The Indianapolis Colts, triathlons, and cookies - though not necessarily in that order. Todd and Diane have been very happily married for 27 years and have five children. Their oldest Gabrielle, works for World Hope International in Alexandria, Virginia. Their second daughter, Tori is a Worship Arts Major at Indiana Wesleyan University. Their three youngest children, Clay, Candesce, and Carissa are still at home and active with the youth at Real Life.

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!


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.

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:

by Gary McIntosh

"Of all the poeple who drop out of church, 82% leave in the first year!" In the April  2016 issue of Growth PointsDr. Gary McIntosh addresses the common concerns to be considered to ensure fewer poeple are dropping out in that critical first year.  Click HERE to download a copy of the April 2016 issue of Growth Points. 


Please mark your calendars with the following important dates:


DBMD Meeting
April 19, 7:00 pm
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
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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