District Board of Ministerial Development
Hundreds of people are being called to serve the Kingdom as ministers of the Gospel. Many of them are second-career, non-traditional students in the Northwest District who are looking for accessible ways to complete their educational requirements.
Updated 2023 Resources
Sometimes the pathway to credentialing can feel confusing and unclear. We've provided you with the resources below to help equip you and make the process clear.
The Candidate Process
Initial Candidate Steps
1. Complete and Submit these forms to the Northwest District Office
The Northwest District of the Wesleyan Church
919 Airport Rd.
Sheridan, WY 82801
2. Complete the following steps
3. Submit Your Transcripts
Coordinate with your educational institution to send transcripts via mail or digital transmission to the Wesleyan Church's Education & Clergy Development
Education & Clergy Development
13300 Olio Rd, Suite 100
Fishers, IN 46037
Ongoing Credentialing Process
Complete these tasks annually
Submit your Annual Service Report (ASR)
Annual interview with the DBMD
Earn Supervised Ministry Credit
All ministerial candidates must have some form of supervised ministry credit. Satisfy at least one of the options below to earn ministry credit.
Complete a minimum of two (2) years of Supervised Ministry under the oversight of the DBMD.
Complete a Supervised Ministry course through a Wesleyan University or Approved Seminary as part of an academic program.
Complete a Supervised Ministry course through Kingswood Extended
Submit for equivalent experience by assessment to Kingswood Extended
Whether you want to pursue Permanent Licensed Minister status or Ordination, complete the initial steps below.
Ordinations & Transfers
If you're completing your process toward ordination as a minister of the Wesleyan Church, congratulations! The guidance below will help you take the necessary final steps toward ordination.
If you are transferring to the Northwest District, or to the Wesleyan Church, we recently updated our transfer process. Please follow the instructions in the link below.
Ministerial Students that are requesting a transfer: Email the sending district, receiving district and emailing requesting to be transferred. Include where you're moving, your new address, the church you are transferring to and your new staff position, if applicable.
The Northwest District of the Wesleyan Church is blessed to have many seasoned, wise, and tenured men and women serving in the development of new ministers of the Gospel. These important roles ensure a sound ministerial development process for tomorrow's pastors.
Chairman Rev. Isaac Smith | Rev. Cheryl Arguello | Rev. Paul Baughman | Melodie DeVel | Rev. Todd Lynch | Rev. Wayne Mueller | Secretary Carrie Pohlen | Rev. David Rannabargar | Rev. Jessica Schmerse | Rev. Bob Solon | Rev. Marc Sundstrom
IOWA & MINNESOTA TEAM
Rev. Bob Solon - Chairman (2025)
Melodie DeVel (2024) | Mitchell Jenkins (2024) | Rev. Jennifer Tillman (2025) | John Thomas (2024)
Rev. Todd Lynch - Chairman (2025)
Rev. Cheryl Arguello (2025) | Rev. Paul Baughman (2024) | Rev. Jamie Groneberg (2024) | Stephen Martin (2025)
Rev. Marc Sundstrom - Chairman (2025)
Reed DeVries (2024) | Rev. Serenity Miller (2025) | Mandi Smith (2025) | Rev. Steph Tague (2025)
Rev. Jessica Schmerse - Chairman (2025)
Rev. Mike Cline (2025) | Chris Hayes (2024) | Rev. Malloree Norris (2025) | Rev. David Rannabargar (2024)