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Dr. Wayne Schmidt
Vice President for Wesley Seminary

After serving on the Kentwood Community Church (KCC) pastoral staff since 1979, Dr. Wayne Schmidt started as Vice President of Wesley Seminary at IWU in January 2010.

Ministerial and Professional Background

From 1979-1981, Pastor Wayne Schmidt helped plant Kentwood Community Church (KCC) under founding pastor Dick Wynn, becoming senior pastor in 1981. Over the years KCC developed into one of the flagship churches in the Wesleyan denomination, becoming increasingly multiethnic as it reached the increasingly diverse greater Grand Rapids, MI. KCC grew to more than 2,600 attendees each weekend while planting 10 other churches with many unique approaches to ministry.

Dr. Schmidt has addressed churches and conferences around the globe and in nearly every district of The Wesleyan Church. He has served as a General Conference delegate four times and has worked closely with the Department of Evangelism & Church Growth in strategy development and vision casting for the promotion of church planting, parenting and health.

He has taught as an adjunct professor at Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) and Bethany Bible College (now Kingswood University). In January of 2010 he became the first Vice-President for the newly formed Wesley Seminary at IWU, providing strategic and operational leadership in shaping a revolutionary way to prepare ministers.

Personal Information

Wayne has been married to Jan since 1978, and they’ve been blessed with their children Chris (Leila), Jordan and Elise (Taylor), and granddaughters Amelia and Gabrielle (the reason they make frequent trips back to Grand Rapids). Blessed with the same accountability partner for over 25 years, Wayne enjoys a well-rounded life with a diversity of interests and activities. His life mission statement is “equipping leaders and creating contexts for multiplying disciples, gatherings and churches.”


The Wesleyan Church, 1981, Indiana North


B.A., Pastoral Ministry, Indiana Wesleyan University
M.A., Church Education, Calvin Theological Seminary
D.Min., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, “Developing a Proposal for Change in the Membership Requirements of Kentwood Community Church”

  • Schmidt, W., & Prowant, Y. (1991). Accountability: Becoming people of integrity. Indianapolis, Ind: Wesley Press.
  • Schmidt, W. (1996). Leading when God is moving. Indianapolis, Ind: Wesleyan Pub. House.
  • Schmidt, W. (2004). Lead on: Why churches stall and how leaders get them started. Indianapolis, Ind: Wesleyan Pub. House.
  • Schmidt, W. (2006). Power plays: Overcome the need for control and learn to live with strength and integrity. Indianapolis, Ind: Wesleyan Pub. House.
  • Schmidt, W. (1996). Soul management: Maximizing your spiritual assets in a bottom-line world. Grand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan Pub. House.