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 trains and coordinates instructors at BeADisciple.com. Lisa serves as our resident expert when it comes to online learning, course development, instructor training, customer service, and much more.
Miranda Priddy is the Director of Business Operations for the Institute for Discipleship. She co-hosts The Listening Chair podcast, and helps organize and manage the Summit Youth Academy and all of the in-person meetings and events of the Institute. Miranda also keeps track of finances and strategic planning for all of the Institute’s ministries.
Britt Bradley is the Director of the Timothy Circle for the Institute. She designs and manages the Timothy Circle project alongside Steve, and maintains the overall look and voice of the Institute’s websites, printed pieces, and external communications.
Wendy Mohler-Seib is the Director of Faith Formation for Youth and Young Adults. She directs The Summit Youth Academy, a summer retreat for high school junior and seniors about vocational discernment, hearing God’s voice, and Wesleyan theology. Wendy is also a Denman Fellow and is pursuing her PhD in youth ministry. Funding for this position is provided in part by the Robert and Beverly Dockhorn Endowment for Faith Formation.
Melissa Hanson is the Director of Administration for the Institute and BeADisciple.com. She keeps track of finances at IFD, processes within BeADisciple, keeps our website/course information up to date and works with instructors.
Kathy Armington is the Director of App-Based Learning. She is leading the team developing the BeADisciple App, a new mobile platform promoting spiritual growth of Christian disciples via paced personal study and facilitated small group interaction. A long-time Disciple Bible Study leader, Kathy is also assisting in adapting the content and transformational quality of the experience into a completely virtual platform as the app’s first study offering.
Sara Weinert is the Communications Manager for the Institute for Discipleship. She works toward clarity and accuracy in the ways we communicate with all of our constituents–learners and instructors, the media, donors, and others who might interact with the institute. This includes editing course descriptions for BeADisciple.com, and newsletters for its many audiences.
Lori Richey is the Program Director for the IFD Certifications. Lori began working for the Institute with the Timothy Circle in 2018 before moving into this role. She is also an experienced Lead Instructor for the IFD Certification in Youth Ministry and assists with administration and programming for the Summit Youth Academy.
Michael Beardslee is the Program Director for the Wesley Academy for Advanced Christian Studies. Michael began working for the Institute for Discipleship and BeADisciple in early 2016, developing and facilitating courses for a new project called the Wesley Lay Academy.
Eloy Mendoza consults with the Institute on website design and wrangles code to get things to work just right for our end users.
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, technology, discipleship, and global development. He also oversees the Institute’s domestic and international partnerships with United Methodist universities, colleges, research institutions, faith organizations, lay organizations and corporate collaborators.
Jacob Maforo is the director for the Building for the Future conference. He is a pastor in the Great Plains full-time.