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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”

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

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.”… Read more...

Bruce N.G. Cromwell

Grant Enables Clergy Sabbatical

Bruce N.G. Cromwell

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 … Read more...

CYC Author Pauline Higbee Todd | 1917–2015

The whole family gathers in the Winona Lake office of Pauline and Floyd Todd. (Courtesy of the Marston Memorial Historical Center)

Generations of Free Methodists grew up with the promise of “taking Jesus as my Example and Savior” while trying to “increase in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man” because of the work of Pauline Higbee Todd, who wrote the curriculum … Read more...

Jerry Mottweiler

Jerry D. Mottweiler | 1935-2015

Jerry Doran Mottweiler was born Aug. 31, 1935, in Evansville, Illinois, to Vernon and Mildred Mottweiler. He went home to be with Jesus on Saturday, Nov. 14.

Jerry and his brother, Jack, grew up in a pastor’s home. They lived in Southern Illinois and Indiana where Jerry’s father pastored in Free Methodist churches during Jerry’s elementary and junior high years. While in high school at … Read more...


Creamery’s Profits Help Charities


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...