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Webinar: Means of Grace, Means of Growth


Join us for our free, one-hour premiere webinar on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. CT. "Means of Grace, Means of Growth" will feature the Rev. Steve Manskar, director of Wesleyan leadership at the General Board of Discipleship, the Rev. Beth Fender, coordinator of discipleship and new streams, Illinois Great Rivers Conference, and the Rev. Tom Albin, dean, The Upper Room.


The Rev. Dr. Steven W. Manskar is a clergy member of the Minnesota Conference of The United Methodist Church. He was a pastor for 10 years until 1999 when he joined the staff of the Leadership Ministries Division of the General Board of Discipleship as director of wesleyan leadership.

Steve leads workshops and seminars on Covenant Discipleship groups, Small Group Ministry in the Wesleyan Tradition, and Wesleyan leadership, theology and practice. He leads two annual events: The Wesley Pilgrimage in England and Wesleyan Leadership Conference.

He is the author of Accountable Discipleship: Living in God's Household, A Perfect Love: Understanding John Wesley's "A Plain Account of Christian Perfection", and A Disciple’s Journal: Daily Bible Reading and Guidance for Reflection. He is also editor of the monthly e-newsletter, “Covenant Discipleship Connection.”

Steve lives in Nashville, Tenn., with his wife, Gina. Their son, Noah, is a student at Ohio Wesleyan University.


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The Rev. Beth Fender has served on the staff of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference (IGRC) since 2007 as coordinator of ciscipleship and New Streams. In partnership with the conference New Streams Team Beth works to develop spiritual leaders who practice the means of grace and teach others to do the same through intentional disciple formation processes developed by each church. Beth also relates to the conference Board of Discipleship, Committee on Disability Concerns, and Christian Educators’ Fellowship chapter, in addition to overseeing the IGRC Intern Program for college students discerning God’s call. As a deacon, Beth’s secondary appointment is to Grace UMC in Jacksonville, Illinois, where she teaches an intergenerational Sunday school class for children and the adults in their lives. She and her husband, the Rev. Michael W. Fender, directing pastor of Jacksonville Grace UMC, are the parents of three teenagers.


Howard Woolard is a member of Willow Hill United Methodist Church in Germantown Hills, Ill. A certified lay servant at Willow Hill, his current ministry is as the team leader for Disicple Bible Outreach Ministry at the Pekin Federal Prison. He also serves on the board of Disciple Bible Outreach Ministry of Illinois. Howard served for six years as youth leader for the senior high United Methodist Youth Fellowship and has helped lead work camps. Howard is also certified to serve as an Early Response Team member after disasters. He is employed in marketing and support for Caterpillar Global Mining.