Program includes three United Methodists




CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. – Eighteen Indiana pastors, including three United Methodists, have been selected to participate in the Wabash Pastoral Leadership Program, a Lilly Endowment-sponsored program at Wabash College.

The Wabash Pastoral Leadership Program target on Indiana pastors with between five and 10 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 Wabash Pastoral Leadership Program will engage pastors in explorations of critical economic, educational and political challenges facing Indiana communities. It 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.”

These pastors represent the second cohort of ministers to participate in the program. They include three United Methodist pastors:

The Rev. David Neuen, associate pastor of High Street United Methodist Church in Muncie, is a graduate of Vanderbilt University. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga.

The Rev. Thomas Ream, senior associate pastor at First United Methodist Church in Warsaw. He received his undergraduate degree in Medical Technology from Purdue University and his Master of Divinity from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.

The Rev. Brent Wright, pastor at Broad Ripple United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, earned an engineering degree from Purdue University and a master’s degree in education from the University of Colorado. He received his Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School in Durham, N.C.

All three received M. Div. degrees from United Methodist-related graduate schools.

Pastors involved in the program will meet on the Wabash College campus ten 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.

“…we selected a representative group with very high potential for leadership…”

– Raymond Brady Williams