Center for Pastoral Formation

The Center for Pastoral Formation serves as a resource and networking center for conferences, Ministerial Education and Guidance Boards, instructors, Free Methodist educational institutions, and John Wesley Seminary Foundation affiliate schools to provide robust theological and practical training platforms to equip the next generation of ministry leaders, track their progress, and uphold standards for ministerial credentialing.

Rev. Dr. Steven P. Tungate



Steve is an elder in the North Central Conference, where he co-chairs the MEG Board. In his 22 years of full-time ministry in the Free Methodist Church, he has served on MEG Boards under five superintendents in two conferences and has been involved in mentoring several LMC’s and CMC’s of a variety of cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

Steve articulates a clear vision for Outcomes-Based Ordination. Steve is a Ph.D. candidate in Theology (Church History) at the University of South Africa with degrees from Fuller and Asbury Theological Seminaries and Michigan State University.

He and his wife Rachel and their daughters Natalie and Alana reside in Greenville, Illinois.


Rev. Jennifer J. Wilson


Jennifer Wilson is the administrator for the Center for Pastoral Formation. Since 1993, she has served congregations in Indiana and Michigan as well as nationally for the Church of God movement based in Anderson, Indiana. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Anderson University and Masters of Divinity from Anderson University School of Theology.

Prior to coming to the Center for Pastoral Formation, Jennifer worked for the Greenville University Office of Advancement managing multiple projects, assisting donors, alumni, and students. She and her family reside in Greenville, IL, and attend the Greenville Free Methodist Church. Her husband Scott is Assistant Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Coach at GU.

Jennifer loves God, her family, and the church. She is passionate about creating healthy systems and helping people ask good questions and seek truthful answers as they pursue the call of God.

Contact Us

Thank you for your interest in the Center for Pastoral Formation. Please fill out the form below to reach our office, or give us a call at (317) 244-3660 x275 (Jennifer Wilson) or x273 (Steve Tungate). The Center for Pastoral Formation is located in Greenville, Illinois on the campus of Greenville University.

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Ordination has three stages:


  • An individual, sensing the call of God and the church to pastoral ministry, is first licensed as a local ministerial candidate (LMC). The call is affirmed by service in the local church where initial training begins.
  • Step two involves acceptance by the annual conference as a conference ministerial candidate (CMC).  The candidate also prepares for the third step through course work and service.
  • Click here to fill out our ordination form.
  • In the third step, a candidate is elected to ordination as an elder and becomes a full conference member.

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