[Vice President, Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University]
After serving on the Kentwood Community Church (KCC) pastoral staff since 1979, Dr. Wayne Schmidt accepted the invitation to become Wesley Seminary’s Vice President this past fall.
From 1979-1981, Dr. Schmidt served as the assistant pastor at the newly formed KCC under founding pastor Dick Wynn. Within two years, Dr. Schmidt became senior pastor. Over the years, Kentwood developed into one of the flagship churches in the Wesleyan denomination. In 2009, KCC averaged more than 2,600 attendees each weekend.
A coveted speaker, Dr. Schmidt has addressed churches and conferences around the globe and in nearly every district of The Wesleyan Church. He has served as a General Conference delegate four times and has worked closely with the Department of Evangelism & Church Growth in strategy development and vision casting for the promotion of church planting and parenting.
Dr. Schmidt earned the Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Ministry from Indiana Wesleyan University in 1979, the Master of Arts in Church Education from Calvin Theological Seminary in 1989, and the Doctor of Ministry from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 1994. He has taught as an adjunct professor at Indiana Wesleyan University and Bethel Bible College.
He is the author of several books, including Accountability: Becoming People of Integrity (Wesley Press, 1991), Leading When God is Moving (Wesleyan Publishing House, 1996), Soul Management (Zondervan, 1996), Lead On (Wesleyan Publishing House, 2003), and Power Plays (Wesleyan Publishing House, 2006).