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Pastor David Carr

Queen Honors Free Methodist Pastor

Pastor David Carr

Bishop David Roller is pleased to announce that a Free Methodist pastor in the United Kingdom, David Carr of Renewal Christian Centre in Solihull, has been awarded a National Royal award, “Officer of the Order of the British Empire,” by Queen Elizabeth II on her 90th birthday.

Pastor Carr’s citation was nominated by the Solihull government officials for “services to the community … Read more...

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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Pounds Lost, Missions Gain

BY DAVID WAID

Early last fall, Kaye Delamater suggested that Lakeview Free Methodist Church have a fundraiser for missions involving weight loss. At the time, several individuals in our church were losing weight, and she thought we could use that as a way to generate funds for missions. The Missions Committee talked about the idea, and decided to begin Jan. 3 with an initial weigh-in … Read more...

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John Wesley FMC Turning 50

Fifty years ago, a stake was driven in a soybean field in northwest Indianapolis, and a new church was built. The John Wesley Free Methodist Church was a joint project of its parent congregation, West Morris Street Free Methodist Church in Indianapolis, and the Wabash Conference. Most charter members were young professionals with small children, and all eagerly sacrificed to erect and furnish a … 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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