Senior Pastor: Preston Edmonds
Having struggled with a total commitment to Christ for most of his teen years, Pastor Edmonds is motivated by a passion to see others become fully committed to Jesus Christ. He knows that for a person to become a new creation in Christ and live the Spirit filled life, there must be more than a casual relationship between the believer and his Savior. Salvation is the entry point, while growth and maturity in Christ are the journey. His message is clear and simple: Join the Family of God through a personal relationship with God’s son, Jesus Christ, learn and grow in Christ and live each day in the center of His will.Born into a ChristianHome, Pastor Edmonds accepted Christ as his Savior early in life. Marrying Donna (Loftis) while still in college, they were blessed with 3 children, 2 sons and 1 daughter. Their children are married and have given Pastor & Donna 6 grand-children. Pastor and Donna served in the local church as Sunday School teachers, children’s workers and Local Board of Administration members for the first ten years of their marriage. At the age of 29, God placed a call to fulltime ministry on their hearts. Pastoring the StartexWesleyanChurch for 13 years, serving as Wesleyan Missionaries in CzechRepublic and Puerto Rico for 4 years and returning to GrahamChapelWesleyanChurch in 1998, their ministry has spanned more than 31 years.
Student Pastor: James Henderson
James felt called to ministry for the first time at the 2003 International Wesleyan Youth Convention in Charlotte, NC. Less than 9 months later, James took a part time position at Eden Wesleyan Church while attending college. As James studied and received his degree in secondary education, he continued to serve at Eden Wesleyan for 6 years. Saved at the age of 16, James’s life was completely transformed from a rowdy, hot headed teenager, to a young man that is covered by the grace and mercy of Jesus. James’ youth pastor had a huge impact on his life and James saw the vital importance for teenagers to know the message of Christ and how a youth pastor can help cultivate that.
Upon graduating college, James stopped teaching and has devoted his life to full time ministry. He has been the full time Student Pastor at Graham Chapel Wesleyan for over 5 years and has over 10 years of experience working in youth ministry. James has currently completed his Master’s Degree of Youth Ministry from Indiana Wesleyan University.
James’ passion is to see teenagers fall in love with our wonderful and merciful God and Savior, Jesus Christ. He feels that his greatest success is seeing his former youth accept the call to ministry and devote their lives to serving God.