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.

Meg Calvin is our Director of Engagement.  She runs the social media for the Institute and BeADisciple and helps promote the Institute’s ministries. She also co-hosts the Listening Chair podcast with Miranda.

Melissa Hanson is the Office Administrator for the Institute and BeADisciple.com. She updates course information on the website, assists BeADisciple students, and makes sure our instructors are paid!

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.

Lori Richey is a Program Resource Coordinator and the Youth and Young Adult Coordinator for the Timothy Circle. She supports the Institute’s work with youth and youth workers.

Jen Burch is a Program Resource Coordinator for the Timothy Circle.  She supports the Timothy Circle’s work with camps and other organizations!

Teryl Cartwright teaches the Timothy Circle courses and collaborates with the Timothy Circle team.

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.



Jacob Maforo is the director for the Building for the Future conference. He is a pastor in the Great Plains full-time.


Rebeca Dominguez is one of our two interns for the Institute as well as a current Bishop Scholar at Southwestern College. She helps out with the Summit Youth Academy and the Bishop Scholars network.

Carly Redding is one of our two interns for the Institute. She edits the Listening Chair podcast and helps with the Summit Youth Academy and Amp It Up.