The Chesapeake Connection :: June 2015 :: 2015 Vision 2020; Protect My Ministry; New Licensed Ministers; Local Church Outreach; Summer Camps


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

2015 Vision 2020 will be a one-day event Monday, June 29, 2015 at Salisbury Emmanuel Wesleyan Church, 217 Beaglin Park Drive, Salisbury, Maryland 21804 for all pastors, delegates, and congregants. Conference speakers are Pastor Moe Diggs from Healing Place Church, Waldorf, Maryland and Pastor Kenneth Wagner who is leading a launch of a new Wesleyan Church in Dover, Delaware. Both men will be sharing their passion to see God’s transforming power unleashed on lives, leaders, churches, and communities. 

Registration will begin at 8:00 am with the first business session beginning at 9:00 am.

Conference agenda:
  • 08:00am – Registration in Salisbury Emmanuel Church lobby
  • 09:00am – Conference Opening Session & Business Session #1
  • 10:00am – Report from General Superintendent JoAnne Lyon
  • 10:45am – Break
  • 11:00am – Pastor Kenneth Wagner, “Transformed Communities and Churches”
  • 12:00pm – Lunch
  • 01:30pm – Business Session #2 & District Superintendent’s Report
  • 02:45pm – Break
  • 03:00pm – Pastor Moe Diggs, “Transformed Lives and Leaders”
  • 04:30pm – Dismissal

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

The Chesapeake District Welcomes Three New Licensed Ministers

During the May meeting of the Chesapeake District Board of Administration (DBA), three ministerial students were approved and licensed for ministry. Welcomed into license ministry status were Lynn Treadway of New Life LaPlata, LaPlata, Maryland; Lisa Eichelberger from LIFEpoint Church, Waldorf, Maryland; and, Ronny Settle of New Life LaPlata, LaPlata, Maryland.  The DBA meets with each licensed ministerial candidate for the purpose of interview and prayer. The district welcomes Lynn, Lisa, and Ronny into their new ministry role. 
   Lynn Treadway                        Lisa Eichelberger             Ronny and Rachel Settle

ARK AND ANIMAL DAY at Seaford Wesleyan Church

On April 12th immediately following the 10:30 am service Seaford Wesleyan Church, Seaford Delaware, celebrated their very first “Ark & Animal Day.” The idea developed as Pastor Dave Kiser and his staff contemplated on how to build on the momentum that most churches experience on Easter Sunday with record high attendance. “Most churches have special family events the week before Easter, so let’s plan an event the Sunday after,” Pastor Dave said. “Let’s make it an event that is Bible based and what better thing than to focus on the uniqueness of our building.” Located on Route 13 between Seaford and Laurel Delaware “The Ark” is known as a local landmark.

Local farmers, the Salisbury Zoo, the 4-H, a mobile petting zoo, and a family that trains coon dogs were all invited to bring their animals. Staff and helpers worked to prepare a carnival like setting with hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy, large baskets of fresh fruits, and ice cones. There were moon bounces and hayrides and God blessed with a beautiful spring day. The community was invited and everything was FREE. Over 300 people attended, and all enjoyed the day. “It was fun getting to touch the animals and the baby sheep were so cute” said Nate Riggin, a seven-year-old participant.

An average Sunday attendance for “The Ark” is 125 people. Their Easter attendance was 375 and the following week for “Ark & Animal Day” over 300 people attended. Many of the attendees were people who occasionally visit but there were several first time guests. One family from the community that brought animals from their farm has now made Seaford Wesleyan their home church. The children’s ministry has also experienced growth as a result.

“Ark & Animal Day” was a success, and Pastor Dave plans to make it an annual event. It not only helped the congregation as a body to reach out to the community, but it fostered relationship-building within the congregation as everyone worked together with a single purpose and vision.

The Journey Church (Millsboro) Hosts Del-Mar-Va Firemen's Memorial Service 

On Saturday, May 2nd, The Journey Wesleyan Church in Millsboro, Delaware hosted a memorial service for the Del-Mar-Va Volunteer Firemen's Association. Over 90 volunteer fire service members from across the Delmarva Peninsula attended the service in remembrance of the 46 association members who passed since last year’s service.
The following ministers shared in the memorial service, Pastor Wes McCallum (The Journey), Chaplain Bob Hudson (president), Chaplain Blake Bowers (DE), Chaplain Drew Jenson (MD), Chaplain Billy Joe Tarr (VA), and Barbara Matthews (ladies auxiliary). Music was provided by Patti McCallum and Logan Hudson.
Senator Bruce Ennis presented Rev. Bob Hudson with a certificate of commendation on behalf of the Delaware State Senate, in recognition of his life’s service through pastoral and chaplaincy ministry. The service completed Rev. Hudson's retirement as association president and Delaware chaplain. The weekend activities concluded with a grand parade featuring trucks from various fire companies from across the Delmarva Peninsula.

Goldsboro Bethel Celebrates Completion of Children's Wing Addition

On Sunday, April 26, Bethel Wesleyan Church in Goldsboro, Maryland celebrated the completion of their Children’s Wing Addition with a service of dedication. Colorful balloons decorated the sanctuary as 127 celebrants gathered for the special occasion. The children, for whom the building was constructed, joined the worship team for a special song and then shared their thoughts about having more space for worship.

Their thoughts included having more room to sing and to dance and to worship God, to invite friends and not feel cramped, and to provide a place where kids can learn more about Jesus. One child said that the addition affirmed that “with God’s help we can accomplish anything.” Another child dreamed of other children “being saved” as a result of the addition. And yet another child simply called the addition “a miracle.”

God has blessed Bethel Wesleyan with an ever-increasing children’s church attendance nearing thirty children on a weekly basis. The need for additional space was evident as God placed the addition on the hearts of the leaders in February of 2014. With focused attention and unanimity of spirit, work was begun on the project in late July and brought to completion in April 2015. That the addition was completely paid for through the generous donation of funds and labor is even a greater evidence of God’s blessing upon this project. Over $7,000 was received at the dedication service itself. 

The importance of children’s ministry was affirmed by Pastor Doug Morley as he reminded the congregation that “nearly half of all Americans who accept Jesus Christ as their Savior do so before reaching the age of thirteen, and about two out of every three Christians make a commitment to Christ before their eighteenth birthday.” Before offering a prayer of dedication for the new addition, District Superintendent Pastor Stan Hoover affirmed the congregation’s obedience to God and their commitment to making more disciples for Jesus. The service concluded with a fellowship luncheon and fun activities for the children.

Chesapeake Pastor Ministers to Thousands in Korea

Reverend Kye Soo Ahn, Pastor of the Church of Beauty in Rockville, Maryland recently enjoyed the opportunity of returning to his homeland of Korea.  After delivering the sermon at the Korean Army Training Center in Nonsan, he along with twenty-nine other pastors had the joy of baptizing 3,288 army training personnel.  He also visited Busan to lead as a revival service speaker. 

GROWTH POINTS with Gary McIntosh

"A Curious thing happens when a new class is begun.  It grows!  If you want to see your Sunday School enrollment and attendance increase, the most predictable way to do so is to begin a new class." So writes Dr. McIntosh as he provide helpful information to encourage the starting of new classes within the local church. To learn more download a copy of the May 2015 edition of Growth Points by clicking HERE


The Spiritual Formation Department Tour: GO + MAKE is coming to the Chesapeake District on Saturday, November 7, 2015.  The event will be hosted by Calvary Wesleyan Church in Harrington, Delaware and will run from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm.  

GO + MAKE is a one-day, holistic, all-church discipleship training event designed to encourage local congregations to join God in His mission of making new disciples. Fulfilling the Great Commission requires the kind of planning and intentionality this training is designed to provide. Anyone who believes that the mission of the local church is to make more disciples regardless of their role in the local church will benefit from this event.. Click HERE to register either individually or as a group.


In a world where sin, doubt, and fear abound.... We need a HERO.... And his name is JESUS!!!!

At the 2015 Chesapeake Kids Camp (CKC) kids will learn that belief in Jesus is the central point of our faith. Based on the camp's theme scripture found in Philippians 2:9-11, Jesus will be exalted through every aspect of this year's camp. Kids will be equipped with specific biblical scriptures that they can use throughout their lives to combat the evil villains of temptation, doubt and fear. Not only will this year's campers be armed with the Word of God, but for every child who attends camp, CKC will send a Bible to a child around the world, in their native language, so that Jesus will be made famous to the ends of the earth.

Click HERE to download a Kids Camp 2015 Registration FormFor more information about CKC email and visit them on Facebook at Chesapeake District Kid's Camp


IGNITE Camp 2015 is shaping up to be the greatest year of camp ever! The dates for IGNITE Camp this year are as follows:
  • MIDDLE SCHOOL - July 6-11
  • HIGH SCHOOL - July 13-18
Zach Childress, Student Pastor at Freedom Church in Acworth, Georgia will be the main speaker for our middle school camp. Capital Kings band will also be in concert. 

Poncho Lowder from City Bible Church in Portland, Oregon is returning as the main speaker for senior high camp. Hip-hop artists Social Club and Canon will provide entertainment, while the UNI+ED Band will be back again to lead students in both fun and intimate times of worship.

Head over to if you want more information or to request IGNITE Camp booklets or registration cards.

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 flyer.


FOLLOW 2015 International Wesleyan Youth Conference is coming to the Indianapolis Convention Centre 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:


Kids Camp
June 22-26
June 29
IGNITE Middle School Camp
July 6-11
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
Ordination at Laurel Wesleyan
October 18, 6:00 pm
Go + Make, Harrington Calvary
November 7, 9 am - 3:30 pm



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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