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John Perkins (center) speaks at Christ Community Church during an interview with Executive Pastor Derrick Shields (left) and Lead Pastor Keith Coward (right). (Photo by Allen Allnoch)

Converging Into a Unified Church

John Perkins (center) speaks at Christ Community Church during an interview with Executive Pastor Derrick Shields (left) and Lead Pastor Keith Cowart (right). (Photo by Allen Allnoch)

BY JEFF FINLEY

Christ Community Church Pastors Keith Cowart and Derrick Shields had a lot in common during their high school days in small Southern towns.

For example, Cowart’s classmates voted to name him “Best All-Around,” and Shields’ … Read more...

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Thompsons to Lead New South

Bishop David Roller made the following announcement May 10:

I am pleased to announce that the New South Conference has a new superintendent team. On April 30, 2016 the New South Conference unanimously elected Brent and Alma Thompson as co-superintendents, to be shared with the Ohio Conference.

We thank Dr. Art Brown for his nearly two years of service to the conference. He and Sylvia … Read more...

Marston Memorial Historical Center and Asbury Theological Seminary Collaboration

This year, the Marston Memorial Historical Center and the B.L. Fisher Library of Asbury Theological Seminary have begun a partnership to produce digitized materials and reprints of important historical works from the Free Methodist tradition through Asbury Theological Seminary’s First Fruits Press. Of an initial 25 projects proposed, some books have been finished and are currently available at http://place.asburyseminary.edu/freemethodistbooks/. It is the hope of … Read more...

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African Heritage Network Focuses on Health

BY KATHERINE CALLAHAN-HOWELL

Despite the reputation Las Vegas holds, warm temperatures drew the African Heritage Network to hold its annual meetings on the outskirts of the famous city Feb. 17-19. This year’s theme, “The Care Conference: Whole Family, Whole Ministry, Whole Church,” focused on the health of the pastor, family and church including both spiritual and physical aspects.
A record number of new members were … Read more...

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Japanese Free Methodists Elect New Bishop

Free Methodist Church – USA Bishop Matthew A. Thomas has released the following statement about the election of a new bishop of the Free Methodist Church – Japan:

I am pleased to announce that on February 27, 2016, the Japan General Conference of the Free Methodist Church elected Rev. Yuichi Honda as their eighth bishop.  Japan is in its 56-year history as a General Conference. … Read more...

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Arson Doesn’t Stop Oregon Church

The normal Sunday morning worship service didn’t happen Feb. 21 at Eastside Free Methodist Church in Portland, Oregon, but a crowd gathered for a prayer service following a church fire earlier that morning.

Pastor John Unger said a church security video showed a man starting a fire in recycling bins at 1:28 a.m., and the bins’ plastic material became an accelerant. The fire spread to … Read more...

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French-Speaking Church Dedicated

About 300 people gathered on April 17 to dedicate the church building that Bethany French Speaking Free Methodist Church recently purchased in Stamford, Connecticut. After searching for a building in the city of Stamford for five years, the Lord blessed the congregation with a recently built church building.

Pastors of other Haitian churches and the mayor of Stamford attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony and dedication service. … Read more...

Judge Harry Connick Jr. (left) praises "American Idol" contestant Melanie Tierce, a Centerpoint Church worship leader and Azusa Pacific University Student. (Michael Becker/FOX)

Worship Leader on “American Idol”

Melanie Tierce is a worship leader at Centerpoint Church, one of the Free Methodist Church’s largest congregations, but she reached a much larger audience when she appeared as a contestant on the Jan. 7 and Jan. 27 episodes of “American Idol.”

The 21-year-old made a big first impression on the judges. Harry Connick Jr. described her debut as “absolutely stunning … one of the … Read more...

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Grant Enables Clergy Sabbatical

Lansing (Michigan) Central Free Methodist Church has received a grant of $43,998 to enable its lead pastor, the Rev. Dr. Bruce N.G. Cromwell, to participate in the 2015 National Clergy Renewal Program. Central is one of 144 congregations across the country selected to participate in this competitive grant program, which is funded by Lilly Endowment Inc. and administered by Christian Theological Seminary in … Read more...

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Creamery’s Profits Help Charities

BY RAY NARUSAWA

Kansha Creamery offers more than a scoop of its homemade, all-natural ice cream from its location at the end of an L-shaped small business plaza facing the bustling Western Avenue in Torrance, California. The Free Methodist family-owned business also donates its tips and 50 cents of each sold item to charity.

Unlike most popular ice cream shops, Kansha offers a small menu … Read more...

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Church Gives Shoes to Kids

The River Free Methodist Church in Mesick, Michigan, received coverage by television news reporters from ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC affiliates in northern Michigan for giving more than 300 pairs of new shoes to local children. The church collected enough shoes for each student at the local elementary school to get a pair.

“It shows God’s love coming through. If we’re going to talk the … Read more...

Phyllis Sortor Named Woman of Quadrennium

Free Methodist missionary Phyllis Sortor received international news coverage after her abduction Feb. 23 and release March 6, but that dramatic experience in Nigeria was not the reason Women’s Ministries International presented her with the Woman of the Quadrennium Award during the July 14 luncheon that celebrated WMI’s 125 years of global mission.

WMI Executive President LaWanda Bullock explained that the WMI Executive Board named … Read more...

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