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. 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.
Dr. David Smith has years of experience in pastoral ministry and academic leadership. With a PhD in New Testament interpretation, he is a sought-after speaker. 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
Rosario (Roz) is a follower of Jesus, husband to Callie who he first met at Starbucks and father to Lily. He happens to be “a very regular dude” that God has entrusted with a vision for ministering to the people of Dayton. Roz grew up in western New York as a first-generation Sicilian-American. In 2003, he earned his B.A. in Religion from Houghton College, and in 2007 a Masters of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary and 2014 a Doctoral Degree from United Theological Seminary.
TOPIC: Faith Sharing and Addiction
Dr. Rob Haynes is a writer, speaker, teacher, pastor, theologian, and missiologist. His work focuses upon local and global mission and evangelism, forming disciples for missional service, and leadership development in new and existing church communities. He has a keen interest in fostering new spaces for conversations of faith and culture. Since 1996, he has served as a teacher and a pastor. He is a seasoned mission leader and continues to research the short-term mission movement. This experience and research is leading to new ways of engaging in mission and evangelism.
TOPIC: Short-Term Missions, Evangelism and Pilgrimage
Pete is an ordained Elder in the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church and has served in ministry for over 30 years. He has been a leader in every facet of ministry, including new church starts, church turnarounds, mergers, local church renewal, discipleship and leadership training, inner city and global missions and several marketplace ministries.
TOPIC: Holy Spirit
Pastor Steele is a native of Rock Hill, SC and began his college education at York Technical College. He graduated from Belmont Abby, in Belmont, NC with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion & Psychology.
He is an inductee of the 2015 World Methodist Council Order of The FLAME and a sought after evangelist, revivalist, and workshop facilitator. Pastor Steele is the author of the book “The Sound of Revival” Exploring Prophetic Preaching in the Wesleyan Tradition, and hosts a weekly radio show sponsored by Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles at the RMC Media Center called “Inspirational Moments with Pastor Steele”.
TOPIC: Main session preacher