The Order of the Flame is a covenant community within the Methodist Wesleyan family. Bound together by our common Wesleyan-Arminian theological perspective and our commitment to sharing the whole gospel with the whole world, the Flame community exists to form, nurture, and encourage young clergy and their spouses.
United in our belief in the power of the Holy Spirit to transform lives, new and returning members gather at Epworth by the Sea, St. Simons Island, Georgia for inspiration, sharing, learning and fellowship. In transcending the boundaries of tradition, the Flame community 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
BREAKOUT SESSION: With years of pastoral experience in campus ministry, Rev. Omar Rikabi is Senior Pastor of FUMC Heath in Heath, Texas and works with Seedbed Publishing’s New Room Conferencing Team. Alongside many articles and essays, he authored Leaving Behind Left Behind. TOPIC: My Muslim Problem
PLENARY SPEAKER: Dr. Stephen Elliott is Program Director of Pastoral Ministry and Church Planting at Kingswood University in New Brunswick, Canada. After years of experience in church planting in Ottawa, Ontario, he recently authored By Signs and Wonders: How the Holy Spirit Grows the Church, published by Seedbed. TOPIC: Signs and Wonders
Dr. JoAnne Lyon is General Superintendent Emeritus of The Wesleyan Church and founder and former CEO of World Hope, International. She is the 2016 recipient of the World Methodist Peace Award.
BREAKOUT SESSION: Rev. Tom Fuerst is Pastor of at Christ United Methodist Church in Memphis, Tennessee. Currently pursuing a PhD in communications, Rev. Fuerst recently published Outsiders and Underdogs: A Bible Study on the Untold Stories of Advent. TOPIC: How to Tell Your Story as Witness
BREAKOUT SESSION: Dr. Kevin Murriel is the Senior Pastor of Cliftondale UMC in Atlanta, Georgia. He is the author of Breaking the Color Barrier: A Vision for Church Growth through Racial Reconciliation. TOPIC: Racial Reconciliation in the Life of the Church
BREAKOUT SESSION: Rev. Kaloma Smith works in Silicon Valley as Senior Pastor of University AME Zion church in Palo Alto, California. Originally from the Caribbean, Rev. Smith is a community leader who has participated in community events like racial justice initiatives, worship in the park, and multifaith peace walks. TOPIC: Technology & Outreach in the 21st Century
BREAKOUT SESSION: Rev. Christy and Rev. Adam Lipscomb are the Pastors of City Life Church, an urban church plant in Grand Rapids, Michigan. TOPIC: Church Planting and The Multicultural Neighborhood
DAILY STUDY LEADER: 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.
PANEL: Dr. Joy Moore went to Fuller Theological Seminary in 2012 providing the vision to establish the William E. Pannell Center for African American Church Studies. At Duke University Divinity School, she served as Associate Dean for Black Church Studies and Church Relations and Visiting Professor of Preaching. An ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, Moore is a John Wesley Fellow, a member of the Wesleyan Theology Society, the Society for Biblical Literature, the American Academy of Religion, and the Academy of Homiletics, where she is chair of the Worship and Preaching Section.
SPARK TALK and BREAKOUT SESSION: Rev. James Petticrew is the Church Relationship Manager for EMMS International – Edinburgh Medical Missionary Society – the sending organization of the famed Dr. David Livingstone. With a ministry background in the Church of the Nazarene, he has also served in the start team of Mosaic Edinburgh in Scotland’s beautiful capital city. Rev. Petticrew is a frequent contributor to Wesleyan Accent.