Bilingual Ministry: Bridging the Generations Webinar

As North America becomes more increasingly diverse a common opportunity and challenge is reaching people groups of multiple languages and generations. Often families are asked to choose between their heart language and English, but... what if there is another option? How can we honor parents and grandparents who hope to hold on to their culture, language and traditions while affirm the desire of younger generations to thrive in English speaking environments on a regular basis?

Come hear from leading practitioners discuss best practices for reaching first and second generations in their ministry context (Hispanic, Haitian, Cambodian, Nigerian and Multiethnic) with more than one language on Monday, May 15 from 11:30 am – 1 pm (EST)

To register, go HERE

Our Panelists are:
  • Joanne Solis Walker – HISPANIC (Wesley Seminary – Marion, IN)
  • Zach Szmara – WHITE (The Bridge - Logansport, IN)
  • John Ojewole – BLACK/NIGERIAN (Agape International – Antioch, CA)
  • Frankie Rodriguez – HISPANIC (El Camino – Greenville, SC)
  • Scarov Victor, Frantz and Micheline Telfort – BLACK/HATIAN (NewBorn – Brooklyn, NY)
  • Larry and Dale Salway - NATIVE/WHITE (Black Hawk, SD)
Joanne Solis-Walker

Wesley Seminary – Marion, IN

Joanne Solis-Walker is the assistant dean of global theological education. She has been director of education for Latino and Latina studies for the past seven years. Solis-Walker was the key figure in starting the Seminary's Master of Divinity in Spanish (onsite and online). As assistant dean she oversees the development of the Hispanic program and the Seminary's growing international programs and is responsible for the ongoing development of the Seminario Wesley catalogue and the faculty handbook. Solis-Walker earned a Ph.D. in organizational leadership and development from Regent University.

Prior to joining Wesley Seminary, she served as director of Hispanic mobilization for FollowOne International and director of the Latino/Latina Studies Program at Asbury Theological Seminary. She also holds a Master of Divinity with a focus on pastoral studies/theology from Asbury Theological Seminary. She earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology-Industrial Psychology from the Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico.

John Ojewole

Agape International – Antioch, CA

John Kayode Ojewole is born to the pastoral family of Rev. Joseph & Alice Ojewole in Nigeria a little over five decades ago. He is the founding pastor of Agape Bible Fellowship and Ministries which recently merged with International Christian Ministry of Antioch. The church's new name is Agape International Church & Ministries. AICM is a multi-ethnic church with membership from USA, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. John is also the Chief Executive Officer of Agape International Ministries Foundation, a nonprofit charitable organization. Under his leadership, Agape International Missions embarked on a free medical care to the people of Nigeria through its AIM-Charlotte Ortega Clinic, from 1999 till December 2014. He has led several mission trips to Africa focusing on free medical care, support for orphanages, social ministries and Evangelistic ministrations.

Before his current pastorate, John served in three churches in Nigeria and USA

Zach Szmara

The Bridge - Logansport, IN

Zach Szmara serves as the pastor of The Bridge Community Church in Logansport, Indiana and the National Director of Immigrant Connection. He has seen firsthand how God can take a mono-cultural, declining church that was near closing its doors and transform it into a growing, dynamic, multi-cultural, multi-lingual church. He is an accredited immigration legal representative and launched the first Immigrant Connection office.

Since it opened in 2014, over 1000 immigrants from over 60 different countries have been served.

Frankie Rodriguez

El Camino – Greenville, SC

Rev. Frankie Rodríguez is our new Hispanic Ministry Leader for the Wesleyan Church. He is currently the lead pastor at Iglesia Wesleyana El Camino in Greenville, SC where he has been the lead pastor since May of 2009. He has served as the coordinator of our in the our three day Hispanic family conference, Renuevo for several years.

In the South Carolina district with his District Superintendent, Buddy Rampey, he has been a member of the DBA and served as a bridge between Hispanic churches and communities and their district leaders.

Scarov Victor

NewBorn – Newark, NJ

Minister Scarov D. Victor was saved at the age of 18 & later at age 20, became baptized. He attends Newborn Wesleyan Church under the direction of Pastor Frantz Telfort and currently serve as Youth Pastor.

He recently graduated from Indiana Wesley University with his Masters of Divinity. The ministry that God has given him has went across Georgia, North Carolina, New York, and New Jersey. Scarov annual holds a worship experience called" Worship & Word" where young people have an opportunity to exercise their gifts and all can gather to worship in spirit and in truth.

Mr. Victor is also the C.O.O Christ life Clothing which is a Christian clothing company that not only sell clothing that promote Christianity and positivity, but also custom make shirt orders for various organizations, churches and companies.

Frantz and Michellne Telfort

NewBorn – Newark, NJ

Rev. Frantz Telfort is the senior pastor of Newborn Wesleyan Church, located in Newark, NJ.

After serving as youth pastor at Brooklyn Pilgrim Wesleyan Church in Brooklyn NY, for more than 15 years, he was called to minister at Newborn Wesleyan in May 2007. Married to Micheline, pastor Frantz has three children: Theodora, David and Rebecca, and 1 grandchild, Charlotte.

Pastor Frantz has a passion for reaching out to the entire Newark community for Jesus Christ. While the church is predominantly African American and Afro-Caribbean attendees, in 2016, Pastor Frantz implemented an English service format to attract the sole English speakers of the community.

"Connecting all people to Jesus regardless of their background" is the Newborn Wesleyan Church's mission statement. This is the perfect articulation for our church community.

Larry and Dale Salway

He Sapa New Life Church, SD

Larry serves as the Wesleyan Native Ministries Director within the Church Multiplication and Discipleship division of The Wesleyan Church. He also serves as pastor of He Sapa "New Life" Wesleyan Church in Rapid City, SD that does vast outreach to many Lakota communities in the Dakotas. However, He Sapa is growing increasingly multiethnic as it has become a hub for community conversations around racial reconciliation.

Dale has been involved in native ministry for the past 39 years as lead pastor and then co-pastor with her husband. She has been ordained since 1994 and has just completed the coursework for her MA in Ministry and Leadership from IWU. She carries multiple responsibilities in the ministry of He Sapa New Life Native Ministries,