CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. (Wabash College) - Four Hoosier United Methodist pastors have been selected to participate in the Wabash Pastoral Leadership Program. They include:

Shalimar Holderly
Lisa Schubert
Daniel Walker
David Williamson

Rev. Shalimar Holderly, pastor at Nine Mile United Methodist Church in Fort Wayne, Ind.;

Rev. Lisa Schubert, associate pastor of discipleship and formation at North United Methodist Church in Indianapolis,

Rev. Daniel Walker, associate minister at Meridian Street United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, and

Rev. David Williamson of the Milroy United Methodist Church.

The Program targets Indiana pastors with between five and ten years of experience following their graduate seminary studies and invites them to participate in a two-year program of leadership development and pastoral reflection.

The focus of the Wabash Pastoral Leadership Program will engage pastors in explorations of critical economic, educational, and political challenges facing Indiana communities and will help them develop the knowledge and skills to become stronger leaders in their congregations and communities

"From a number of outstanding pastors who applied, we selected a representative group with very high potential for leadership from diverse churches throughout Indiana," said Program Director Raymond Brady Williams. "They have rich academic backgrounds and life experiences, and we look forward to lively discussions of important issues and challenges that face communities and churches in Indiana."

Pastors involved in the program will meet on the Wabash College campus 10 times during a two-year period to meet with civic, government, business and religious leaders to discuss issues that affect local Indiana communities.

The pastors will learn about a range of topics, such as statewide efforts to strengthen public education, Indiana economic initiatives, government responses to property tax and other issues, the impact of immigration on local communities, and advances in medical research and their impact on health care.

In addition, the pastors will participate in a study tour in North America during the first year and an international study tour in the second year of the program to learn about transnational contexts. One group of pastors will begin in January and the second in 2011.