7722 Moeller Rd, Fort Wayne
Pastor Rick married Debbie Paine in 1979 in her Senior Year of Nursing School. He is the father of three grown children, Cindy VanVuren (Rich), Rick Jr. and Timothy (Jill).
The Fletcher’s moved to Fort Wayne to start a business in 1985 and 7 years later, Rick was called into the ministry and out of the business world. Pastor Rick became a staff member at Lifeway in 1994 and was ordained in 1998, the very year that he was chosen as senior pastor of Lifeway Wesleyan Church. Rick still gets his greatest joy in ministry while seeing people come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and grow in Christ. His life verse is Romans 12:1-2.
He is an avid sports fan and plays golf but enjoys being grandpa to his three grandchildren.
Rev. Gary Livengood
Assistant Pastor of Teaching and Family Life
Pastor Gary and his wife, Carol were married in 1981. The Lord moved the Livengood family to New Haven in 1991 and blessed them with two sons; Christopher and Joel. Carol is tutoring students from her home.
Pastor Gary was called into the ministry in 1997, well after the traditional college-age years had passed. His family started attending Lifeway in 1998. He began taking ministerial classes through the Wesleyan Church in 1999. Pastor Gary came on staff on a part-time basis in 2003. Pastor Gary has achieved a Bachelors degree from Fort Wayne Bible College with a double major in Bible and Music. Pastor Gary earned a Masters in music from IU. Pastor Gary was ordained as a pastor in 2007.
Pastor Gary played the trumpet professionally in the 1980′s, primarily as a jazz musician. Pastor Gary says that he figured at some point he had to get a “real job” and provide for his family so he started working as a Grounds Superintendent, a position he held for many years. Pastor Gary currently works full time at LH Medical and continues working part-time at Lifeway Wesleyan.
Gary says his ministry passion is teaching the Bible. God has also allowed Gary and Carol to have many ministry opportunities with young couples in parenting and marriage discipleship. Gary’s life verse is Proverbs 3:5,6.
Assistant Pastor of Youth and Worship
Pastor Andy is Lifeway’s Assistant Pastor charged with Youth and worship. Andy has been in full time ministry since 2004 after graduating from Indiana Wesleyan with a BS in Christian Ministry. He has previously served at Shiloh Wesleyan Church (’04-’10) in Plymouth, Indiana and moved from Haymount UMC (’10-’12) in Fayetteville, NC. Other than the two years serving in North Carolina, Andy has grown up in Indiana and is excited to be home! Andy has been married to Sarah since November 2005. They have two children, Kate and Carter and a Miniature Schnauzer named Gus! Andy is a huge IU basketball fan and loves playing softball with the men of the church.
Kim joined the Lifeway staff in 2007, yet has been attending Lifeway church since 2000 and became a member in 2001. She married Butch Daugherty in 1982 and they have been blessed with two daughters, Kandi Wall a Fort Wayne Community School Art Teacher and Tonya Daugherty now attending Ivy Tech College. We all say ”God sure has a since of humor” putting her behind a desk, as she has a lot of energy. You can reach Kim by phone at (260) 749-9758 or by email at email@example.com
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In all ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
Children's Ministry Director
Donna was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. She grew up an only child in a single parent home and surrendered her life to Christ at the age of 4. While she faithfully did “all the right things” she found herself longing for more of the Lord. So twenty years after her childhood surrender she packed her bags and headed “north to Alaska” to a little Bible school where she had a deep encounter with Jesus and met the love of her life, her husband Phil. Phil and Donna lived 8 years in Alaska with 5 of those years serving as missionaries at the Alaska Bible Institute in Homer. In 1996, Phil and Donna moved to Fort Wayne where Phil hosts the morning show on WBCL. Donna is mother to two daughters, Joy and Faith! Donna also cares for the needs of their 4-generation household. She loves to find the Lord in the mundane things of life, reminding her that God is sovereign, interactive, and ever-committed to His relationship with us. You can reach Donna by email at firstname.lastname@example.org