MEMBERS

Bishop David Kendall

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An ordained elder in the Great Plains Conference, Kendall was elected to the office of bishop of the Free Methodist Church in May 2005. He was ordained as deacon in 1975 and elder in 1977.

He served as superintendent of the Great Plains Conference from 1999-2005. Prior to 1999 he pastored churches in the Great Plains Conference and Southern Michigan Conference for sixteen years.

In addition to serving as pastor to churches and other pastors, Bishop Kendall has been an adjunct faculty member of Central Christian College in McPherson, Kan. and Greenville College in Greenville, Ill.

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Bishop David Roller

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David T. Roller served for 17 years as a Free Methodist missionary in Mexico, then for 10 years as Latin America Area Director for Free Methodist World Missions.

His experience in seeing the world through “missionary eyes” has convinced him that all Christians should adopt the posture and mind set of missionaries — understanding the culture where they minister, relinquishing their own preferences and privileges in their desire to see people’s key allegiance transferred from “whatever” to Jesus.

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Bishop Matt Thomas

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Matthew A. Thomas has been an active part of the Free Methodist Church since 1979, serving in a variety of roles that include pastor, church planter, missionary and superintendent.

He has served the Free Methodist Church mostly in the Western U.S. and the Philippines, and on many denominational boards, committees and task forces. A passionate commitment to evangelism, discipleship and leadership development has been foundational for Matt’s life in ministry.

He has been actively engaged in sharing Christ with the unsaved, praying with them to receive salvation and helping them grow to maturity.

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Linda Adams

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Linda Adams is the director of International Child Care Ministries (ICCM), the child sponsorship initiative of the Free Methodist Church serving over 21,000 children in 30 countries. She also serves on the operating committee of the Free Methodist World Ministries Center in Indianapolis, Ind.

In addition to her roles as director and committee member, Linda also serves faithfully as a member of and ordained elder in the Genesis Conference of the Free Methodist Church – USA.

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Bruce N.G. Cromwell

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Bruce Cromwell is an ordained elder in the East Michigan Conference, where he serves as lead pastor of Central Free Methodist Church in Lansing, Mich. A multi-cultural congregation that hosts 5 worship services every Sunday (2 in English, the others in Nepalese, Hmong Daw, and Haitian Creole), Central has been a part of planting 12 churches in Lansing, across the United States, and around the world.

Bruce has his B.A. from Greenville College, and both his M.A. and Ph.D. in Historical Theology – Patristics from St. Louis University.

In addition to SCOD, Bruce has served on the denominational Committee for History & Archives. He also has been Vice President of the Free Methodist Urban Fellowship and represents the FMC-USA on the Catholic-Evangelical Dialogue. At the conference level he has served on the BOA, MEG board, youth committee, and as the director of the East Michigan Training Institute, and currently is the Secretary for the East Michigan Annual Conference.

Bruce and his wife, the Rev. Dr. Mindi Grieser Cromwell, have two sons, Levi and Bennet.


Elisée Ouoba

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Elisée Ouoba is an Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at Spring Arbor University. He has a PhD in Biblical Theology from Wheaton College, IL and a ThM in Biblical Studies from the Bangui Evangelical School of Theology in Central African Republic.

Elisée served as missionary in the city of Bangui where he taught full time at the seminary and preached in various churches. Prior to serving in Bangui Elisée was a Bible College professor and an Associate Pastor in his home country, Burkina Faso. His research focuses on biblical theology and hermeneutics in the context of world Christianity. He and his family are active members of the Spring Arbor Free Methodist Church.

Deb Welkameyer

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Deb Walkemeyer serves as Co-Pastor of Light & Life Christian Fellowship in Long Beach, CA – a large multi-ethnic urban church that has focused on planting churches locally and globally. She also leads the Light & Life Community Center that is assisting in transforming the neighborhood through various initiatives. As a Master Gardener she pioneered the first Community Garden in Compton, CA where she grows vegetables alongside gang members and prostitutes.

As a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Deb has helped many individuals and couples in ministry. She serves as a regional leader within her denomination. Deb also holds a Doctorate in Church Leadership from Fuller Seminary and was recently recognized as one of their outstanding graduates for her years of leadership work in diverse arenas.


David Bauer

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David Bauer is an ordained elder in the Ohio Conference and has served under pastoral appointment there, but most of his professional life has been invested in the academy. He has a B.A. from Spring Arbor College, an M.Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary, a Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary in Virginia and has done post-doctoral studies as a visiting scholar at Princeton Theological Seminary.

Since 1984, David has been a member of the faculty at Asbury Theological Seminary. He is presently the Ralph Waldo Beeson Professor of Inductive Biblical Studies and dean of the School of Biblical Interpretation at Asbury Seminary. He is active in the Wilmore (Ky.) Free Methodist Church, serving as team leader for ministry to seminarians. He also serves as the coordinator for the Free Methodist Fellowship at Asbury Theological Seminary.

In addition to the Study Commission on Doctrine, David serves on the board of The Word is Out Ministries. He has served on the executive committee of the Institute for Biblical Research, and has been co-chair of the Matthew Group and the Hebrews Consultation of the Society of Biblical Literature. His website on inductive study of the Bible is inductivebiblicalstudy.com.

Denny Wayman

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Denny Wayman is an ordained elder in the Southern California Conference. He served as senior pastor of The Free Methodist Church of Santa Barbara from 1976 until 2016. He has a B.A. in Psychology, an M.Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary, and a D.Min. from Fuller Theological Seminary.

He is an adjunct professor in Worship (LAMP) and Pastoral Counseling at Azusa Pacific University. He is a movie reviewer at Cinema In Focus and serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of Light & Life Magazine, for which he authored a column for many years.

Denny has served on both the MEG and MAC boards of the Southern California Conference.

He was an assistant superintendent for 22 years and has been lead superintendent for two years.

He is the the chair of the denomination’s Social Action Council and has been part of the Study Commission on Doctrine for 18 years.


Allison Coventry

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I’m a reflective practitioner who values the intersection of experience with solid research.

I completed my Doctor of Ministry (DMIN) degree in 2013 at Northeastern Seminary.

My dissertation title is: “Immersion in a Culturally Intelligent Biblical Worldview: Becoming effective and responsible participants in God’s mission.”

I am a pastor serving in Seattle and fill a variety of roles.

The most important part is investing in people, having spiritual conversations, and seeking to engage our neighborhoods and world in ways that lead to health and wholeness.

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