This is from Russ Gunsalus, Acting Chief Operating Officer of the Seminary:

Dear Friends of Wesley Seminary, As you celebrate the gift of God’s birth and look ahead to a new year we want to thank you for your prayers and support this last year during the launch of Wesley Seminary. I am sure you will enjoy seeing the new materials and testimonies on the website,

God has blessed us with wonderful students and fantastic faculty. In addition to Dr. Bob Whitesel, this year we have also hired Charles Arn as Visiting Professor of Christian Ministry and Outreach and John Drury as Assistant Professor of Theology and Christian Ministry.

We are still involved in a search for two more faculty members this year. Please continue to pray that God sends us just the right workers for our harvest. Finding the right faculty for our unique program is vital.

And of course continue to pray for Wayne and Jan Schmidt as Wayne begins his tenure at the helm of Wesley Seminary on January 1. We are blessed to have such an excellent Kingdom leader to guide the seminary into the future.

On a personal note I want to thank you for your encouragement and prayer for me during the entire launching process of Wesley Seminary. For some time I have been planning to return to full time teaching following the launch of the seminary and now that day has come. It has been the joy of a lifetime to work with so many gifted, passionate and mission minded people in developing Wesley Seminary. I will continue to teach in the seminary and the undergrad School of Theology and Ministry. I look forward to join you as a supporter and fan of Wesley Seminary.

I pray that even in the midst of your busy ministry you will be able to pause and let God minister to you. So as you contemplate the mysterious and beautiful redemptive act of His incarnation may you sense the peace, joy and salvation that His birth ushered into our lives. And, may your experience of Jesus this Christmas be so deep and fresh that it renews your passion to share Him with your community, your students, and the world.

On behalf of all of us here at Wesley Seminary we wish you a beautiful Christmas and a fruitful New Year.

Russ Gunsalus
Associate Professor of Religion
Acting Chief Operating Officer
Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University