Joey-and-Maribeth JenningsDr. Joseph Jennings is a graduate of Houghton College, Asbury Seminary, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Indiana Wesleyan University.

Prior to coming to the Western New York District, Dr. Jennings served as Senior Pastor for 19 years at Christ Wesleyan Church in Winston-Salem, NC and as youth pastor at Calvary Wesleyan Church in Bethlehem, PA.  Married to his wife, Maribeth for 28 years.  They have three children.

Dr. Jennings’ greatest desire is to see a work that only God can do among us, renewing and empowering the church to make an impact on the culture around us. He desires to fulfill the passion God has given him to challenge pastors and churches to fully use the gifts God has given them for His Kingdom. His prayer is that churches will not be satisfied with what human abilities accomplish and hunger for God’s fresh work of revival. The Jennings are honored to serve the district in this role.

  • Can the Church Still Change the World?
    – When we read about the early church in the book of Acts, we see a dynamic movement which somehow went from being a tiny persecuted minority to changing the world.  Was this impact meant only for this initial season of the church, or does God still want His church to transform society?  This first seminar looks primarily at scripture to study the church and the process of renewal. God’s people often have fallen away from where God calls us to be.  We will look at Old Testament examples of God bringing His people back.  There are also concepts of renewal throughout the New Testament that call the church to “Repent and do the things you did at first.”
  • Revived! The Power of God on Display
    -This second seminar looks at several vivid examples of when the church impressively reflected its biblical predecessor.  I believe these extraordinary seasons are glimpses of what the church can be today.  My thesis is that learning about extraordinary outpourings of the Holy Spirit on God’s church is one of the means God uses to eventually bring about revival.  When we forget or fail to pass on this history, the imagination of the church shrinks to what human ingenuity can accomplish.  A revived church has reemerged many times throughout history and is even happening in parts of the church today.