Faces of Wesley
Meet Wesley graduate and current Doctor of Ministry student Bishop Gregory A. Dennis (M.Div., 2018). Bishop Dennis is Senior Pastor of Kingdom Worship Center, a non-denominational Christian Church with two campuses in Towson, MD andColumbia, MD.
Originally from Baltimore City, Bishop Dennis earned undergraduate degrees in Marketing from Morgan State University and Religious Studies from Notre Dame of Maryland University.
Bishop Dennis chose Wesley, as it met all his priorities for a seminary. “As I was already working for my church, it was important for me to go to a school that I could commute to. I wanted to attend a school that had a great reputation for learning, had a good mixture in the student demographics, was protestant (since my undergraduate was from a Catholic school), and had scholarships that could help me afford school. Once arriving at Wesley, the professors, students and scholarship became the unexpected bonus! I really came to love this community, and it did not take long,” said Bishop Dennis.
Wesley proved to be an even better fit for Bishop Dennis’ seminary studies than anticipated. “Wesley aided in my pursuit of God. Many in seminary struggle with God and their understanding of Church and at times criticize the Church without a willingness to grow the church. Wesley does not allow the student to abandon the Church."
"If there is a critique of the Church, being that we are the Body of Christ, Wesley asks what will we do to bring the Church into the future hope that has been revealed to us? Wesley encourages its students to bring the Church into its eschatological hope,” said Bishop Dennis.
"God was calling me to a deeper understanding and relationship. Wesley was the vehicle I decided to use to go deeper with God and it proved to be the right decision.”
Two words explain why Bishop Dennis returned to Wesley for his Doctor of Ministry degree. “The professors!” he said. “I could name several professors that are simply amazing, professors students will desire life-long relationships with ( I will not name them because I am sure I will miss someone!)”
“I am not a young 26-year-old guy with a Masters. I am on the other end of the spectrum in ministry. Wesley understood my social location and made sure my needs, at my age with a vibrant church, were met and exceeded.”
Bishop Dennis appreciates that the D.Min. program has only short, in-person residencies with almost all of its remaining coursework online, making it easier to juggle church and family responsibilities.