Save the date! 2018 District Conference is Wednesday, June 27, 2018.
District Conference is our annual event where over 75 churches come together to fellowship and to celebrate. Thank you to each of your who traveled into town for this special event and a special thanks to those who helped plan and organize the conference.
A lot of exciting events took place at District Conference and Ordination Service.
REV. JAY WILDE — Jay was born and raised in Lake Preston, SD. At a young age he began enjoying and studying music, and very early on felt a call to ministry. He attended Greenville University in Greenville, IL, where he received a B.A. in Ministry, with a Pastoral Emphasis, and a minor in Music. While serving at a church in Canada, he met Mara, and within eight months time, had asked her to marry him. They were married during the summer of 2014. This past May of 2017, they welcomed their handsome son, Elisha, to the world. Jay currently serves as the South Campus Creative Arts Pastor and Videographer for The Ransom Church in Sioux Falls, SD.
REV. DEBORAH BROWN — Missoula Montana has been Deb’s family home since 1918. Her school years were spent in California, where her father worked on the building of Coast Highway. During that time, Deb attended ten different schools, which was the beginning of her love for people from all walks of life. In 1974 she returned to Montana to attend the University of Montana in Missoula, a university where her grandfather had taught for 42 years. Deb met her husband, Rod on Memorial Day weekend in 1987, and came to know the meaning of true love. She has been the owner/operator of four businesses. After retiring, from the secular workforce in 2002, she and Rod traveled for five years. They then served in a church plant in Geraldine, Montana for four years, before receiving a call to join the staff at Birch Ridge Community Church in Soldotna, Alaska. She enjoys working with people one
-on-one, which helps discern where they are in their Christian walk. Deb has tremendous love and compassion for the diversity of Alaska’s people.
REV.. MATTHEW ASPINALL — Matthew grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan. A graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University, he has been in full-time ministry for 11 years, mainly focusing on children and families. Matthew is currently on staff at Summit Wesleyan Church in Buffalo, Wyoming, where he has served for the past 4 years. He and his wife, Laura, were married in 2004, and have three beautiful daughters—Tirzah, 6; Elizabeth, 3; Evelyn, 1.
REV. JONATHON HAYES — Jonathon (JD) graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2014. After graduating from IWU, he moved to Rapid City, SD where he finalized his residency and spiritual formation. In 2016, JD connected with Cory Doiron, who was heading to Portland, OR to plant a church, and he made the decision to uproot his life in Rapid City, relocate to Portland, and join what is now known as Church for Neighbors. As JD lives on mission, his focus is to serve others and live in community, while growing as a follower of Christ. His objective upon ordination is to create a safe space for challenging conversations and open dialogue within the church; a place where the weak and the weary are welcomed with open arms, without shame or guilt.
REV. CATHERINE HAYES — “Kitty” was born and raised in the Lewis-Clark Valley on the border of Washington and Idaho. Having served as an assistant pastor at Himmelright Memorial Wesleyan in Clarkston Washington for 21 years, she has worn many hats over the years – having served in youth ministry, then in Celebrate Recovery Pastor, and currently heading up Children’s Ministry, as well as CR. Kitty feels very blessed to serve the family of God in whatever capacity that the Lord leads and looks forward to what lies ahead. She has four amazing children – Stacie-28, Danielle-27, Eric-24 and McKenna-22. Kitty looks forward to the time one of her children might get married and make her a grandma, which she says she will enjoy immensely, but is in no hurry. Her children bring her great joy, and she is extremely proud to be their mom.
REV. KEEGAN KINGERY — Keegan was born and raised in the small farming town of Madison, Kansas, and is the youngest of four. Graduating from Oklahoma Wesleyan University with a B.A. in Pastoral and Youth Ministry, he is currently a student’s pastor at Fountain Springs Church in Rapid City, SD – which is also where he met his soon to be wife, Haley Lux. They plan to be married in Rapid City this fall on September 15th.
REV. ERIC KOESER — Eric grew up in Williston, ND attending New Hope. Having sensed a call to ministry as a teenager, he chose to attend Oklahoma Wesleyan University. After graduation, Eric moved to Anchorage, AK to help with a church plant, before going on to seminary. While in Alaska, he met the love of his life, Jessica, whom he married in 2005. They soon moved to Kentucky where Eric finished an M.A. in Biblical Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary, after which they felt called to return to Williston to work as lay people in the church. As a lay leader, he served in the youth and children’s ministry, as an usher and greeter, and led small groups, as well as the membership class. Eric also had opportunity to serve on the LBA of New Hope, and the board of Wesley Seminary. Their three children, Ethan, Emma, and Evan, were born during this time.. In 2015, while working on his MBA from OKWU, Eric experienced a renewed call to full time ministry, and is currently serving at First Wesleyan Church in Rapid City. He and Jessica love life in the Black Hills, and spending time as a family.