Dear Friends in the Church Leadership Institute for Ministry,
David Williams will be our teacher in the new Leadership Institute course, “The Personal Life of the Leader.” The first class will be February 5, 2018. We all want our churches to be healthy, and we are well aware that the health of the church is directly related to the health of church leaders. You and I are these leaders. So the intended outcome of this series of classes is to enrich the lives and leadership of us, who are the leaders in the church. This includes our spiritual, intellectual, emotional, physical, and social life. David Williams is committed to guide us in our quest for the fullest possible health.
David Williams is the General Superintendent (Lead Pastor) of the Evangelical Friends Church – Mid America Yearly Meeting. A graduate of Malone University, with a Bachelor of Arts degree, and Ashland Theological Seminary, with a Master of Arts degree, David earned a Doctor of Ministry degree in Leadership and Spiritual Formation at George Fox Evangelical Seminary, now Portland Seminary. David and his wife, Carol, have been partners in full-time Christian ministry throughout their marriage. They have six lovely children and eight beautiful grandchildren. David has served as a Friends Pastor in the Evangelical Friends Church – Eastern Region, and at Barclay College as a Professor in the undergraduate and Master’s studies, and Director of the Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership – Spiritual Formation Concentration. He has taught college courses in the Bible, Theology, Friends History and Beliefs, and Spiritual Formation. He has written the book, Rhythms of Grace: Life-Saving Disciplines for Spiritual Leaders, published by Barclay Press. This is by far the most helpful book I have read for church leaders on the care of their whole lives: spiritual, emotional, intellectual, social, and physical. I recommend that all of us read it. David was our first teacher in the Institute in the Wichita branch, when we expanded beyond South Texas, and has taught numerous times in the Institute since then.
We wish for the greatest number of us to be able to participate in this creative learning experience, so offer the classes at these locations: North Newton (at the home of Merl and Eunice Kinser), Fowler Friends Church, New Hope Friends Church, St Paul, NE Friends Church (at the home of Kumar Tamang, with Friends from Nepal and Bhutan), Canadian Yearly Meeting (Montreal Monthly Meeting at the home of David Millar, and the homes of Paul Etienne Mungombe and Jonathan Esongo, Friends from Congo), (Quebec City Meeting with Musato L. Dems and Alphee Ndahond, Friends from Congo), All Nations (formerly Sudanese Community) Friends Church in Omaha, Palmer, Alaska (at the home of David Miller), Noatak, Alaska (Robert Sheldon, Superintendent), Louisville, KY Friends Church and Stone Mountain Friends Church in Atlanta (with Friends from Rwanda and Burundi), Samson Retnaraj (EFM missionary in Nepal), Mncedisi Nkomo (pastor in Zambia), James Nduwayo (pastor in Rwanda), Faniyi Paul in Nigeria, Amuri Edouard with African Friends in Chicago, Anthony Moodie at the Dover Friends Church in Jamaica, Mary Carter-Haynes at Amity Hall Friends Meeting in Jamaica, Kickapoo Friends Center, Marshalltown Friends Church, Indianapolis, with Steve Turner, Lighthouse Fellowship Church (at the home of Jerry and Mary Louthan), Friends Community Church (Angleton), Neighborhood Friends Church (at the home of Tom and Bonnie Bousman), Friends Ministry Center (Wichita), Bangor Liberty Friends Church, and Barclay College (Jackson Hall). If the time of the live class does not meet your schedule, you may view a video recording of the class on YouTube, as many Friends do. Simply click on this link.
The class begins at 7:00 p.m. central time Monday, February 5, 2018.
Eagerly anticipating our fellowship together,
– Dave Kingrey, Director of Leadership Development