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 and is the academic adviser for students in the MASM program. 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 Project Management 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 Marketing & Communications for the Institute. She designs and maintains the Institute’s websites, markets Institute projects, writes press releases, and keeps the Institute connected to other communicators and groups. 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 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 also teaches in the MASM youth ministry degree program and is a Denman Fellow.

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.

Anna Chua is the Director of BeADisciple Academy.  She oversees the entire online Bible study and faith exploration program, facilitates discussions and directs the work of the participant small groups.

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!

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.


Rebeca Dominguez  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 designing  printed pieces, to organizing digital and physical information.