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Venice Celebrates 40 Years of Miyabe Ministry


The Venice Free Methodist Church in Los Angeles, California, recently celebrated Senior Pastor Jim and Suzanne Miyabe’s four decades of service.

The Miyabes have led a fruitful period of ministry for this resilient congregation, which started out way before World War II but then had to regroup and start from scratch to minister to the many lost and confused but hardworking farm … Read more...


Meet Mark Dowley

Mark Dowley is the new chief operating officer of the Free Methodist Church – USA. Dowley — who served the last nine and a half years as the conference business administrator for the Southern Michigan Conference — took office Jan. 1 following the retirement of Larry Roberts.

“I’ve been Free Methodist all my life. My grandfather on my mom’s side was a pastor in the … Read more...

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The Day of My Kidnapping

On Feb. 23, 2015, Phyllis Sortor was kidnapped by gangsters while at a Christian school in Nigeria. Sortor’s abduction and eventual release made international news, but the full story is just now being told through the release of Sortor’s new book, “The Kidnapping of an American Missionary: One Woman’s Story of Courage and Conviction Under Fire.” Here is an exclusive excerpt.

My friend Ruth drives …


Film to Share Women Pastors’ Experiences

Free Methodists gather for a group photo at a Wesleyan Holiness Women Clergy conference.


Roberta Mosier-Peterson — the senior pastor of Oakdale Free Methodist Church in Jackson, Kentucky —  is working to turn her Northeastern Seminary doctoral dissertation into “Lived Experience,” a documentary film covering the ministry experiences of women pastors.

In May 2016, Mosier-Peterson finished her dissertation that details common ministry … Read more...


Partnership Provides Lunch With Dignity

The Olive Branch Mission serves takeout lunches with dignity through a partnership with Starbucks, Feeding America and the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

As the Chicago Tribune’s Samantha Bomkamp recently reported, the partnership gives homeless Chicagoans an upgrade to the brown-bag lunch sandwich that homeless shelters typically offer guests as they leave each morning. Olive Branch receives unsold sandwiches and salads each night from Starbucks’ Mercato … Read more...