Dr. Steve Wilke

Dr. Steve Wilke is the Executive Director of the Institute for Discipleship at Southwestern College, which is committed to bringing the educational online tools of our culture to churches. Steve develops relationships with partners, dreams big, and directs the overall work of the Institute.


Lisa Buffum is the Director of Online Education for the Institute for Discipleship. She makes sure that everything at BeADisciple.com and the MASM program runs smoothly, and serves as our resident expert when it comes to online learning, course development, instructor training, customer service, and much more.


Miranda Jones is the Director of Project Management for the Institute for Discipleship. She plans, organizes, and manages the Timothy Circle, the DISCIPLE 30 celebrations, and DISCIPLE Fast Track involvement. Miranda also runs the BeADisciple.com store and keeps track of finances and strategic planning for all of the Institute’s ministries.


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Britt Bradley is the Director of Marketing & Communications for the Institute. She keeps the Institute’s websites up to date, markets Institute projects, writes press releases, curates the From the Branches blog, and is the communicator behind the Institute’s social media accounts. Britt also helps plan and execute the ministries of the Institute and supports their growth.


Wendy Mohler-Seib is the Director of Faith Formation for Youth and Young Adults. She is responsible for guiding and directing The Summit, a summer retreat on Wesleyan theology and thinking for high school students, and is involved with the MASM youth ministry degree program.  The Summit is funded in part through a grant from the Lilly Foundation.


Dr. Farai Brian Kwaramba is the Director of Global Integration and Projects Manager. He is responsible for broadening and deepening the Institute’s operations portfolio, by working at the intersection of science and technology, discipleship and global development. He also oversees, in addition to facilitating, the Institute’s domestic and international partnerships with United Methodist universities, colleges, interested research institutes, faith organizations, lay organizations and corporate collaborators.


Jackson LashierDr. Jackson Lashier is the Academic Director for the Master of Arts in Specialized Ministries. He oversees the faculty and curricula of the program.


Leah Hartman headshotLeah Hartman is the Director of BeADisciple Academy.  She oversees the entire program, facilitates discussions and directs the work of the participant small groups.


Jacque Nation is the administrative assistant for the Institute. She helps make sure everything runs smoothly!


Beth Galbreath is the administrative assistant for BeADisciple. She builds courses and manages course enrollments. She’s also a popular instructor on BeADisciple.com!


Eloy Mendoza consults with the Institute on website design and wrangles code to get things to work just right for our end users.


Russ 2016 3Russell Schoech is responsible for the safe and secure enrollment and payment processes of the Institute, especially for BeADisciple, the BeADisciple Academy, and the BeADisciple store.


Shayla Jordan is the intern for the Institute as well as a current Bishop Scholar at Southwestern College. She helps out with a little bit of everything, from writing and transcribing to organizing digital and physical information.