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Wayne Schmidt

Wesley Seminary at IWU has a new hometown: Lawrenceville, Georgia. The Seminary will be hosting its first onsite classes in the American South at the new John Maxwell Leadership Center at the intersection of I-85 and Sugarloaf Parkway.

The Leadership Center is part of 12Stone® Church, the largest church in the Wesleyan denomination. Wesley Seminary will offer a Master of Arts in Ministry at the facility.

“We all want cutting-edge, innovative, and world-class education for church leaders, and partnerships make that possible,” said Dan Reiland, Executive Pastor at 12Stone® Church. “When sharp professors bring profound insights and top-notch church leaders bring practical experience, the combination is killer!”

12Stone® is a multisite megachurch with four physical locations and an internet campus at live.12stone.com. Wayne Schmidt, vice president of Wesley Seminary, said recently that 12Stone®’s innovative church structure is one of the reasons that Wesley Seminary wishes to work in partnership.

Kevin Myers, an IWU alumnus and 12Stone®’s senior pastor, spoke with the Wesleyan Church about the new program:

The program provides applicants who have earned a Bachelor’s degree at an accredited college or university with the opportunity to work closely with a group of fellow ministry leaders and mentors on actual church projects.

“Our desire is to present a relevant model that gives adults options in their educational preparation for local church ministry,” said Myers.

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