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We are looking forward to this Fall’s 2014 Dunn Institute Conference!

This year’s conference for the Western Region. Wesleyan Pastors which will take place October 7th and 8th at Oklahoma Wesleyan University. Our featured speaker will be Dr. Jo Anne Lyon, General Superintendent of the Wesleyan Church.

About Dr. Jo Anne Lyon

1kao5t0quk7n4n5hyjpnThe Reverend Dr. Jo Anne Lyon has served for over 30 years in pastoral ministry. Dr. Lyon also serves on the board of directors for several organizations that she believes represents the the Wesleyan Church, including the NAE Executive Committee, the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, the Christian Community Development Association, and the Association for Biblical Higher Education

Dr. Lyon holds a Masters Degree in Counseling, further graduate studies in Historical Theology, and has been granted five honorary doctorates. She has written several articles and publications, including the book Ultimate Blessing. She is known by many as the founder and CEO of World Hope International in Alexandra, Virginia, where she led that organization to great influences as a faith-based relief organization that would serve in 30 countries.

Dr. Lyon and her husband Wayne, the pastor of United Family Wesleyan Church, live in the Indianapolis area. They have four children and 8 grandchildren.

The Dunn Institute

The Dunn Institute was founded at OKWU to maximize the effectiveness of church ministry by equipping Wesleyan pastors to face the administrative, management, and leadership challenges of the local church. Pastors will benefit from instruction on cutting edge topics that will make an immediate difference in their churches at a conference each fall hosted on campus.

The Dunn Institute was established in March 2011 and named after Reverend John Dunn, a long-time Wesleyan pastor who served the church by providing financial advice and support to fellow pastors and their churches for decades.

University President, Dr. Everett Piper says that the School pursues an active relationship with pastors through the Dunn Institute because, “our relationship with the Church is a top priority. This obviously means that we should do everything we can to serve the Church’s leaders. A unique way we believe we can do this is to help local pastors understand how to become better at doing the “business” of the church, i.e. building budgets, navigating crisis, and leading.”