The Order of the FLAME (Faithful Leaders as Mission Evangelists) is a covenant community within the Methodist Wesleyan family that exists to form, nurture, and encourage young clergy and their spouses. The FLAME community is bound together by our common Wesleyan-Arminian theological perspective and our commitment to sharing the whole gospel with the whole world. We are united in our belief in the power of the Holy Spirit to transform lives, and together we commit to being Mission Evangelists in our own communities.
Each year members of the Order of the FLAME gather for four days of inspiration, sharing, learning, and fellowship, and welcome a newly invited class into membership. As a community extending across the entire Wesleyan Methodist family, the Order of the FLAME transcends the boundaries of tradition, and seeks to be a witness to the fullness of God’s kingdom and the whole creation nature of salvation.
PLENARY SPEAKER: Dr. Kimberly Reisman is the Executive Director of World Methodist Evangelism. She has a PhD in the theology of evangelism from the University of Durham and is a sought-after speaker and teacher, travelling globally to lead faith-sharing seminars. She is the author of The Christ-Centered Woman.
TOPIC: Faith Sharing
Bishop Sharma D. Lewis, resident bishop of the Richmond episcopal area, became the first African-American woman to be elected bishop in the Southeastern Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church in 2016. Prior to her episcopal assignment, she held a distinguished record of service in the North Georgia Conference including her appointment as district superintendent of the Atlanta-Decatur-Oxford District in 2010. She received the Harry Denman Award for Evangelism in 2010 as well as the G. Ross Freeman Leadership Award. She is currently a board member and vice-chair of the Standing Committee on Evangelism for the World Methodist Council. Bishop Lewis worked as a research biologist and chemist prior to surrendering to God’s call upon her life. She has led mission experiences to Jamaica, Kenya and the Philippines.
Professor Shannon Sigler is Assistant Director of the Fuller Institute for Theology and Northwest Culture. She is Director of Cascadia Worship and Arts. Sigler is a visual artist, theologian, and arts administrator. She has a passion for pastoring artists and building bridges between art and church communities. Her art and research center around a Wesleyan paradigm for the visual arts, as well as explorations in Christian vocation and family life. Shannon studied at Asbury Theological Seminary and Boston University. Shannon lives in Seattle with her husband, Matt, and son, Elijah.
TOPIC: Faith and the Arts
Dr. David Smith is the Dean of Wesley Seminary in Marion, Indiana. With a PhD in New Testament interpretation, Dr. Smith has years of pastoral and academic experience. He is part of The Wesleyan Church and is gifted in shepherding pastors and leaders.
TOPIC: Inductive Bible Study
Jean Watson plays violin with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, hosts an internationally broadcast radio show, tours across the country and around the world both as a performing artist and as a speaker, and is putting the finishing touches on her eighth full-length project, WONDER. Jean enjoys speaking in prisons, churches, conferences and women’s retreats.
TOPIC: Prayer, Signs, and Wonders