From the President

Dear Alumni, Students, Faculty, Staff, Trustees and Friends of IWS,

Over the years I have often stated that worship is the most important practice that humans can do, and therefore the study of worship is the supremely essential academic discipline. The entirety of our life in God flows from worship and conduces to worship. In fact, this is true for the entire created order. Everything that is, finds its being and its purpose in God.

In the created order, we humans are the only creatures who bear the image of God and have the right to say “no” to God. My cat doesn’t have that right. The rocks and squirrels in my backyard don’t have that right. But I do, and you do. Worship is about turning our “no” to God into a “yes.” Alumni, students and faculty of the IWS community are serving as leaders and teachers of Christian worship all over the world, inspiring others to proclaim, celebrate, sing and enact the good news of God in Jesus Christ, and with him be poured out for the life of the world. Through renewed worship, our inclination to say “no” to God becomes a “yes” to God.

The 2019-20 fiscal year was another strong year at IWS, thanks be to God. But what a year it has been! The January session went very well. But then came March. As you probably know, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, IWS moved to a virtual, semi-synchronous model of education for the June 2020 session in a relatively short timeframe. All of the faculty and staff did a yeoman’s job of bringing IWS online, and the students really stepped up to the challenge of the shift in course delivery. IWS will be staying in its semi-synchronous virtual delivery for the January 2021 session as well.

Enrollment remained strong this year, as did giving to the IWS Fund and the Scholarship Funds. IWS has continued its global initiatives, with one-third of our current student body holding non-American passports. Thirty-two new alumni received their degrees and embraced the commission to serve God through renewed worship, bringing our total number of degrees conferred to 654. Thanks be to God! The impact of IWS is steadily growing worldwide while remaining rooted in the theological perspectives, relational sensibilities and pedagogical philosophy of its founder, Bob Webber.

Please take a moment to read in this annual report how IWS students, alumni, faculty, staff, and trustees are making a real difference across the globe. The ongoing fulfillment of our mission is truly a team effort, a team that includes each of you. Many have taken their places in their support of our mission by investments of time, talent, treasure and prayer, and we are deeply grateful. We are relying on your generosity toward God and your prayers to continue building the foundation we need for a secure future. Your gifts are wisely invested in our students and the mission of our beloved institute.

My wife, Carol, and I would like to invite you to participate with us sacrificially and joyfully in the mission of our school. As Galatians 6:6 states: “One who is taught the Word must share all good things with the one who teaches.” IWS is good ground into which you may sow your seed of spiritual and financial generosity toward God. Together let us all thankfully, joyfully and generously support the Lord’s work in the supremely important and Kingdom-building activity of worship renewal through IWS.

Grace and peace to you,
James R. Hart, President

From the Chair of the Board of Trustees

Dear Friends of the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies:

I am so grateful for the many friends of IWS who have stood with us during this very unusual year. After a great session in January 2020 on campus, IWS had to quickly make major changes to our delivery model. With thanks to God and wonderful teamwork by the students, faculty, and administration, a successful online semester was held in June 2020. In addition to our courses being online, we have also practiced online chapel, prayer time, and most recently a Town and Gown meeting.

As the global pandemic continued through the late summer, it was clear that IWS would be online again in January 2021. As we prepare for this upcoming semester, please continue to keep IWS in your thoughts and prayers. Pray for wisdom as the leadership team and various committees make decisions regarding our delivery method; pray for our faculty as they fine tune their content and online delivery in the most winsome and effective manner; pray that our technology can work well for all our students and staff—no glitches! And pray that the world can continue to be impacted by the Gospel of Jesus Christ through our many graduates.

Unlike many colleges and universities, the Institute ended the year with positive cash flow. This could not have happened without your generosity! Fully a quarter of our budget comes from your support. Will you join us again this year in supporting IWS’s unique vision of preparing worship leaders to be theologically and Biblically focused as they engage their congregations in worship?

In His service,
John Lindsell, Chair, Board of Trustees

The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies Board of Trustees

Dr. John H. Lindsell,
Chairman of the Board
Dr. Eric Bolger,
Vice Chair of the Board
Rev. Dr. Wayne Freeberg,
Dr. James R. Hart, President
Dr. Kai Ton Chau
Dr. Laura Story Elvington
Mrs. Sarah Monaco
Rev. Dr. Emmett G. Price
Mrs. Stefany Webber Welch
Trustees Emeriti
Dr. Melva Costen
Mrs. Joanne Lindsell Webber, Esq.
Rev. Dr. Luder G. Whitlock
Mrs. Patricia Witt


You can see additional testimonies from students and graduates on our YouTube channel. For even more news about students, faculty and alumni, check out Anamnesis, the Alumni Newsletter.

Erika Grace Mine

Erika Grace Mine

M.W.S. Alumna (2020)

Christy Danner

Christy Danner

M.W.S. Alumna (2019)

Marc Brown

Marc Brown

D.W.S. Alumnus (2014)

Traci M. Cosby

Traci M. Cosby

D.W.S. Student

Tim Li

Tim Li

D.W.S. Alumnus (2020)

Kevin M. Myers

Kevin M. Myers

D.W.S. Alumnus (2020)

Thank You

Thanks be to God for those who give of their prayers, time, talent, and treasure! We would be unable to continue in our mission without your generous giving.

Leader ($10,000+)

JCT Foundation
Karen Carpenter & Edward Marram in memory of Bob Webber
Linda & Hugh Evans
James & Carol Hart in memory of Bob Webber
The Murray Family Trust in memory of Rick & Sherry Murray
Sarah & Francis Monaco
Patricia Witt in memory of David Witt

Benefactor ($5,000+)

Joe & Mary Jamerson
Wendy & Brad Layland
Christi Matteson
Nancy Morris

Partner ($2,500+)

Gerald & Doris Borchert
Constance Cherry in memory of Ruby Cherry
James & Judy Dodge
David & Darlene Garmus
Robert & Janice George
Don & Laura Moen
The Pine Tree and Myrtle Fund ~ Isaiah 55
Daniel & Nancy Sharp in memory of Floyd and Mary Sharp, and in memory of Bob Webber
Jack & Rosanne Van Marion
Joanne Webber in memory of Bob Webber

Investor ($1,000+)

Esperanza Capital Management, Inc.
Grace Anglican Church, Fleming Island, FL
Grant United Methodist Church, Fairmont, IN
Ocean View Lighthouse Church, Norfolk, VA
Sawgrass Asset Management, LLC
Jeffrey & Lisa Allred
Jim & Mary Kay Altizer in memory of Soren Franz
Jeanne Anderson
Jack & Kay Bliss
Eric & Janet Bolger in memory of Bob Webber
Paul & Kristi Cherry in memory of Ruby Cherry
David & Linda Collins
Rusty & Caroljo Creighton
Dave & Cindi Ellison
Laura Elvington
Beryl Elwood
Wilson Fong
Edna Grenz in memory of Stanley Grenz
Will Hall in memory of Bob Webber
Milt & Helen Henderson
Andrew & Teri Hill
Heather Hood
Richard & Margaret Hunt
James Knarr
John & Stephanie Lindsell
Rebecca & Scott (deceased) McCallister
Michael & Mary Moratto
Ella Munn in memory of her husband
Mark & Courtney Murray in memory of Emmanuel & Juliana Bileya
Doug & Margy Nihoul
Rory & Sue Noland
Lois Pannabecker in memory of David Pannabecker
Darla & Dan Robinson
Renée & Dan Runyon
Charlie & Charlotte Sohm
Kent & Candy Walters in memory of Bob Webber

Supporter ($500+)

Wakefield Baptist Church, Wakefield, RI
Margaret & Mike Baker
Jeff & Karen Barker
Kai Ton & Wendy Chau in memory of Bob Webber
Lad & Anita Daniels
Jacquelene & Sutton Farnham
Frank & Berit Fortunato in memory of Bob Webber
Susan & Choppy Goforth
Jeff & Bridgett Hager
Karen & Mark Hetrick
Susan & Rob Huckaby in memory of Bob Webber
Steve & Janet Huntley in memory of Bob Webber
Bob & Catherine Johnson
Lou & Angela Kaloger
Reggie & Shari Kidd
Tim Li & Mandy Cheng
Man Wai Heather Li Ip in memory of Bob Webber
Juan & Beatriz López
Kendall & Cindy Lord
William & Dawn Maxon
Suzanne & Eric Olmon
Michael & Kim Ramey
Vaughan Robison
Geraldine & Greg Rosser
Mark & Brenda Scott
Stefany & Tom Welch in memory of Bob Webber
Gregory & Jan Wilde
David Wong & Regina Lau
Jonathan Wong
Shirley & Edwin Woo

Contributor ($100+)

First Baptist Church, Hobart, OK
New Hope UBIC Church, Huntington, IN
Robert S. Gunn Insurance
Travis Abercrombie
Gary & Sue Achtemeier
Kathryn & Gerald Agresti
Kathryn & Jeremy Albers
Frank & Sharon Alters
Chester Andrews
Daniel Backens
Diane Baltaeff
Gregory Barmer
Leslie Barnes
Margaret Bellows
David & Lauren Belt
Jeff & Libby Berk
Janie Blough
Kayleen & Bill Bobbitt
Domini Boling
Anthony & Kimberly Bolkema in memory of Bob Webber
Linda Borecki in memory of Lyndel Vaught
Brad & Rhonda Bradford
Walter Brath in memory of Bob Webber
Chris & Erin Brewer
Mary Jane & Ken Brewer
Emily Brink
Jarrod & Lisa Brown
Marcus & Cyndi Brown
Robert Burns
Erik Buxton
Kevin Chamberlain in memory of Bob Webber
Sunny Chang
Vernon & June Charter
Ho Heung Cazaria Choi & Ho Man Wang
Perry Chow in memory of Bob Webber
Jessica & Scott Coleman
Judy Congdon
John & June Conlin
Marvin Crawford
Jimmy Cummings
William Cummings in memory of Bob Webber
Doug & Heidi Curry
Arthur & Pam Davies
Leona & Harry Davis
Carmen & Kathy DeLisi
Christian & Sharon Diffenderfer
Sandra Dinkins
Dale Dirksen
Tim Dishongh
William & Teresa Drake
Jay Dyrland
Jack & Barbara Eccleston
William Eichorn in memory of Bob Webber
Larry & Jill Ellis
Janet Faulkner
Stewart Fenters
Julia & Daniel Fitzpatrick
Dinelle Frankland
Don & Rachel Frazure
Wayne Freeberg in memory of Bob Webber
Jennifer Freeman
Don Fugate in memory of Bob Webber
Keith Gaddis
Dawn & Glenn Gilmore
Nancy Ginsburg
Susan Glade
Vince & Elena Godfrey in memory of Bob Webber
Creston & Amy Groover
Jeanine Shelley Hagan
Gary & Sherrell Hallquist
Daniel Hammer
Jun & Dorothy Harada
Ouida Harding
Darrell & Janet Harris in memory of Bob Webber
Carol & Peter Hayes
Lawrence Heath in memory of Bob Webber
Carl & Eloise Hill
Cassie Hill in memory of Bob Webber
Teresa Ho
Wallace & Joan Horton in honor of Meghan Benson, and in memory of Bob Webber
Chi Kuen Hung
Jessica & Bruce Jones
Nicole Jordan
Jacob & Bobbie Kaufman
Laura Keefer
Charlotte Knowles
Melody Kuphal
Calvin Lam
Carol Lau & Truman Wong
Serena Lau in memory of Bob Webber
Jonathan Lawson
Larry & JoAnn Leisher
Jae Lesley
Yat Hin Leung & Christine Hung Wai Shan
Karen Lewis
Cheryl Lindsay
Clair Lundberg in memory of Bob Webber
David Madeira
David Manner
Deanna Martello
Sharon & Gene Maszy
Pedrito Maynard-Reid
Stan & Betty McKee
Linda & Torin McKenzie
Angela McLaughlin
Holly McMurry in honor of Cazaria Choi, Irene Ku, & Gloria Chuk
Sarah Meggers
Ken Michell
Lou Millson
Steven Moll
George Moore
Jeff Moore
Ray Moore in memory of Bob Webber
Tom & Teresa Morton
Woodrow (deceased) & Rosella Nail
David & Mandy Nelson in thanksgiving for Dr. Hart
Nancy Nethercott
Eric & Eunice Ohlmann
David Pedde
Joel Phillips
Jennifer Pittman
Jonathan & Faith Powers in memory of Bob Webber
Bill Price in memory of Bob Webber
Emmett Price
David & Melissa Pruette
Israel Ramirez
Rune & Diana Rasmussen
Alan & Elissa Rathe in memory of Bob Webber
Euley Rider IV
Chris & Janet Roberts
Fred & Vicki Schert
William Small, Jr. in memory of Bob Webber
James & Sue Smith in memory of Bob Webber
Nancy Stokes
Sue & Dana Talley
Jayson Tam
Robert & Kathy Thompson in memory of Bob Webber and David Pannabecker
Michael Toney in thanksgiving for Bob Webber
Herbert Tsang
Brian Turnbow
Thomas Tyler
Elly Venolita
Emily & Jim Vermilya in memory of Ruby Cherry and Bob Webber
Cathryn Vitek in memory of Bob Webber
Bret Welstead
Judy & John Widergren
Barry Wilson
Michael & Susan Woods
Teck Beng Yeo in memory of Bob Webber

Donor (up to $100)

Mind Works Counseling, LLC
Thrivent Choice
Rebecca Abbott
Justin Addington
Lindel & Kristee Anderson
Warren Anderson in memory of Bob Webber
Calvin Austin
Otis Autry
Del Belcher
Patrick Bennett
Richard Bennett
Meghan Benson
Joy Berg-Desrosiers & Gerard Desrosiers
Sheryl & Paul Betancourt
Nancy Beyer
Fred & Monnie Blesse
Przemysław Bogdan
Shawne Bolam
Stephen Bomar
Lori & Jeff Bond
Linda & Michael Bosford
Timothy Braun in memory of Bob Webber
Nancy Bright
Thomas Burns
Stephen Butler
Virginia & Ronald Cameron
Deborah Cannarella
Rick Capezza
Alexandra & Ben Carlson
King Chau & Cynthia Fong
Li-Chan Chen-Maxham & John Maxham in memory of Bob Webber
Lai Yee Hennie Chiu
Esther & Tony Chuang
Tami & Jeff Cinquemani
Steven Clarke
Jordan Clegg
Justin & Brooke Clemente
Chris Cook
Michael & Katie Cromwell
Christy Danner
Carol & Ashley K. Davis in memory of Bob Webber
Michael Dennis
Lori Elbert in memory of Bob Webber
Jordan & Emily Elgie
Philip English in memory of Bob Webber
Cassie Ernst
John Fiorello
Stephen & Suzanne Flint in memory of Bob Webber
Isaac Gaff
Sallie & William Garvin
Tom Gavin
James Gibson III
Lorn Gieck
Ashley Gieschen in memory of Bob Webber
Shawn Gingrich
Sharon Givler in memory of Bob Webber
Ruth Goddard
Jonathan Grant in memory of Bob Webber
Gary Gregory
Timothy Gregson II
Adrienne & Edward Hall
Barbara & Thomas Halverson
Stephen & Linda Hamrick in memory of Bob Webber
Clifton & Lynnette Harris
Jennifer Harris
Jenny Hertel
Fred & Judie Heumann
Carol & Tom Hochhalter in thanksgiving for Bob Webber
Carol Holmes
Jeffrey & Laura Holmes
Samuel & Elise Horowitz in memory of Bob Webber
Avis Hunt in memory of Bob Webber
Terri Husberg
Gordon (deceased) & Ginger Jensen
Chung Yan Juliana Kam in memory of Bob Webber
Kristin Keller
Lisa Kemp
William & Amy Kirkwood
Tan Ching Irene Ku & Raymond Wong
Helon Hei Lun Kwan
Iva Lai
Timothy Lam
Daphne Lau
Stephanie Lawrence
Patrice Ligon
Khiet & Karl Lin in memory of Bob Webber
Trenten & Lindsey Lott
Gregory Lundberg
James & Kena Lei MacWilliam
Greg Magruder
Emma Mak
John & Darlene Markin
Todd Marshall
Marguerite & William Martin
Evelyn Martinez
Gary Matthews
Kristen Maynard
David & Jamie McCollum
Carol McDaniel in memory of Bob Webber
Barbara McNeely-Bouie in memory of Bob Webber
Tony McNeill
Jeffrey Meeks
Paul Melidona
Barbara Mercer
Jennifer & Keith Meyers
Erika Mine
Bradley Moffett in memory of Bob Webber
Chris Monroe
Dan Mullis
Michael Murchison in memory of Bob Webber
Jesse & Njoki Mwai
Kevin & Kristen Myers
Patricia Myers
Jonathan & Amanda Noël
Oluwatayo Oloyede
Jerry & Lorri Patterson
Kevin & Kara Paxton
Jeremy & Angie Perigo
Carl Peters
Stephen Phifer in memory of Bob Webber
Ira Pinkston
Lowana Porter
Sally & Ken Powell
Vallen Prest
Deborah & John Prom in memory of Bob Webber
Stanley Pylant
David & Rhonda Riegert in memory of Bob Webber
Daniel & Jordan Rife
Laura Ritter in memory of Ruby Cherry
Karen Roberts
Jared Ross
Matthew Rowe
Gary & Cheryl Rushing
Lester & Carmen Ruth
David & Sandy Satterwhite
Stella Scott
C. Scott Shepherd
David Smith
Jim & Gwen Smith in memory of Bob Webber
Robert Sproul in memory of Bob Webber
Gabriel Statom
Lana & Tim Pollard
Tyler Stewart
Robert & Ivalene Still in memory of Bob Webber
Susan Stobe
Dianne Stone
Patricia Stromsta in memory of Bob Webber
Daniel Suminski
Paul Sunderland
Lois Tan & Ugene Ong in memory of Bob Webber
Steven & Audrey Tice
Vincent & Cindy Tomei in memory of Bob Webber
Richard & Bonnie Van Voorst
David & Jill Vaughan in memory of Bob Webber
Michael & Robin Waddey
Lisa Waites
Brian Walker
Kenneth & Achlaï Ernest Wallace
Carol Wasdin
Mark Watson
Elizabeth Weatherby in memory of Bob Webber
Sharon & William Welsch in honor of Chaplain Dr. Nancy Nethercott and in memory of Bob Webber
Elizabeth Wetherby in memory of Bob Webber
Julie Wiebe in memory of Michael G. Wiebe
Taylor Wilding
Waverly Wilkerson
Jane & Mark Williams
Jolie & Theo Williams
Bill & Betsy Wolf
Wallace Wong & Candy Luk in memory of Bob Webber
Jon & Cindy Woodward
Tyler Wright
Timothy Yoder
Tin Lok Wendy Yuen
Vincent Zarletti in memory of Bob Webber
Steven & Rita Zerbe
Robin Ziegenfuss in memory of Bob Webber

Legacy Giving Circle

Members of the Legacy Giving Circle have committed to honor IWS through endowed giving and/or estate planning.

Gerald & Doris Borchert
David Garmus
Jim & Carol Hart
Joe & Mary Jamerson
Brad & Wendy Layland
Dyton & Tammy Owen
Gene & Claire Partlow
Dan & Nancy Sharp

Host Home Sponsors

Sharon & Frank Alters
Frank & Sharon Alters
Lance Atkinson
Jeff & Libby Berk
Bob & Diane Brinley
Jane Cook
Yvette Cuny
Lad & Anita Daniels
Harry & Leona Davis
David & Darlene Garmus
CW & Cynthia Goff
Todd & Allison Hastie
Karl & Lauren Hoffman
John & Molly Howze
Ken & Ruth Johansen
Robert & Judy Kermitz
Juan & Beatriz López
Lou Millson
Doug & Margy Nihoul
Cauly Redenius
Cathy Sanders
David & Shelley Vignola

Gifts In-Kind

Church of the Redeemer, Jacksonville, FL
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Shawn Gingrich
Darrell Harris
David Neff
Andrea Nelson
Donald P. Richmond
Daniel Sharp

Special Thanks

Dr. Robert A. Myers, General Editor, Webber Institute Books
Dr. Frank Fortunato, Director, IWS GROW (Global Renewal of Worship) Center


Katelyn Duncan
Scott Coleman
Kendall Bolam
Barbara McNeely-Bouie
David Garmus
Jim Hawkinson
Anamarie Lopez
Gene & Sharon Maszy
John Matteson
Doug Nihoul
David Orr
Ken Polsley
Sue Polsley
Kenneth Roberts

Host Churches & Schools

Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church Jacksonville, FL
All Saints Episcopal Church Jacksonville, FL
Grace Anglican Church Fleming Island, FL

Jacksonville-Area Community Supporters

Dave Pruette Electric
Farnham Dentistry
Grace Anglican Church
Karen's Catering
The Gunn Insurance Agency
Team Alters
Waste Not Want Not

President's Advisory Council for Excellence Members

Cort Bender
Lori Boyer
Ken Brewer
Rusty Creighton
Carmen DeLisi
Jim Dodge
Greg Driskell, Chair
Alesia Ford-Burse
David Garmus
Jim Hawkinson
Greg Holton
Steve Huntley
Joe Jamerson
Eddie Lockamy
Pat McSweeney
Don Moen
Doug Nihoul
Mark Scott

July 2019 - June 2020

The Year in Review

  • Nancy Nethercott and Jill Ford

    July 2019

    IWS Chaplain & GROW Center Co-Director Dr. Nancy Nethercott travels to the UK for an arts and mission training at All Nations College, where DWS student Jill Ford is on the faculty.

  • conference stage


    IWS President Dr. Jim Hart, Recruitment Director Joe Jamerson and DWS student Rob Still visit the Getty Sing! Conference in Nashville to recruit prospective students.

  • Joe Jamerson and Jim Hart


    IWS co-sponsors the Experience Conference in Orlando, FL, and Dr. Hart and Mr. Jamerson represent the school there.

  • stack of books


    IWS completes the year-long self-study process in furtherance of seeking institutional accreditation with the Association of Theological Schools, and submits its self-study report.

  • Advent service bulletin cover


    The local community marks the season of Advent with IWS at our annual Advent Festival of Lessons & Carols, hosted by Grace Anglican Church. Dr. Hart attends the ATS Presidents' Conference.

  • Jeremy Begbie and Jim Hart

    January 2020

    IWS welcomes 103 students (including 31 new students) for our 42nd on-campus session. MWS Professor and IWS alumnus Dr. Lou Kaloger preaches at Opening Convocation. Dr. Nethercott leads a a series on "The Spiritually-Formative Power of Time" in her first session as Chaplain. Dr. Cherith Fee Nordling is welcomed to the faculty to teach DWS 704 alongside Dr. Reggie Kidd. Dr. Jeremy Begbie hosts a seminar entitled "Hearing Afresh," attended by over 40 alumni and friends.

    IWS is represented at the annual Calvin Symposium on Christian Worship by Dr. Hart, Dr. Nethercott, Dr. Kent Walters, and numerous alumni and students.

  • ATS Report


    The ATS Board of Commissioners accepts our Self-Study Report and authorizes an ATS Evaluation Site Team visit as part of the accreditation-seeking process.

  • SARS-CoV-2


    Dr. Hart convenes the COVID-19 Response Team, initially composed of Board, faculty and administrators. After several meetings, IWS announces the decision to move the June session into an online-only format. Faculty and staff begin preparations for the unprecedented online intensive.

  • globe


    Dr. Nethercott begins holding virtual “Chat with the Chaplain” sessions to connect specifically with new and returning international students prior to the June 2020 session. First-ever #BobWeek campaign raises over $15,000 for scholarships in memory of the school's founder, Robert E. Webber.

  • DWS 801 meets on Zoom


    IWS holds its first-ever online intensive, complete with an online Opening Convocation (Dr. Hart preached) and online daily chapel services overseen by Dr. Nethercott. Strong enrollment led by twenty-seven new students from Hong Kong, Indonesia, Kenya, Myanmar, México, Nigeria, the USA, and our very first two students from Ukraine. The Board of Trustees approves the adoption of the 2020–2025 Strategic Roadmap, following broad stakeholder input.

    The ATS Evaluation Site Team conducts a virtual visit with IWS stakeholders during the June session, resulting in a recommendation that the ATS Board of Commissioners approve IWS for institutional accreditation at its February 2021 meeting. This recommendation also includes a requirement for IWS to complete several additional reports prior to December 2020.


In Memoriam

Rev. Emmanuel Saba Bileya
(December 25, 1968 - June 1, 2020)

Juliana Bileya
(August 5, 1974 - June 1, 2020)

(d. June 1, 2020)

Emmanuel and Juliana Bileya

With broken hearts, IWS announced just prior to the summer intensive the deaths of D.W.S. student Emmanuel Bileya, his wife Juliana, and their child in utero, whose name is known only to God. Emmanuel and Juliana are survived by eight children. Their martyrdom was the result of an ongoing ethnic war in their home country of Nigeria.

Rev. Bileya was an ordained pastor in the Christian Reformed Church of Nigeria. Born on Christmas Day of 1968, his family gave him the name Emmanuel, “God with us.” For all in the IWS community who were blessed to meet Emmanuel, share a class with him, or enjoy a meal alongside him, it can truthfully be said that “God with us” was an apt name for him. Emmanuel’s humility and gentleness, his kindness and compassion, and his love for God’s Word and God’s people spoke to all of the voluminous love of God in His Son, Jesus Christ.

Emmanuel enrolled at IWS in 2014 and was in the final stage of the DWS program, having taken the 801 thesis course in 2019. His thesis was to be titled, “Promoting a Formative Post-Baptismal Discipleship Class for Learning God’s Word in the Christian Reformed Church, Nigeria.” According to his thesis instructor, “His goal was to help local churches, including his own, but also his denomination form and grow to maturity young Christians in the faith.”

For more about Emmanuel's life and ministry, and to learn how to honor his memory or support his children, please visit this page.

Financial Report

For the year, Charitable Giving receipts totaled $282,650 (Unrestricted, Restricted, and Gifts-in-Kind).
Fiscal Year Revenue totaled $948,031 and Total Expenditures were $906,201.

students and faculty on Zoom

Support IWS

We cannot say it enough: the ongoing work of forming servant leaders in Christian worship renewal worldwide depends upon generous gifts from our community. The IWS Trustees and PACE members have already committed to over $40,000 in pledges and gifts to give a solid foundation to our combined annual goal of $230,000. Please consider how you may participate with us in the renewal of the Church through a financial contribution and click an option below.


Give Monthly

Set up a recurring donation by electronic check or credit card (select “Give this amount monthly” on the form and adjust the term length as desired).

Give Now

Donate to the IWS Fund or Scholarship Fund today by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover Card, or electronic check (or make a one-time gift by other means).

Planned Giving

Are you among the 70% of Americans without an up-to-date will?

Ways to Support IWS

  • Donate by check (mailed to IWS, 4001 Hendricks Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32207), cash (in the office only, please), or credit card or electronic check (online)

  • Automated monthly giving (by credit card or eCheck, or through your own bank's online bill-pay feature)

  • Matching corporate gifts

  • Gifts of securities/stocks

  • Electronic transfer of funds

  • Planned (legacy) giving

Giving Opportunities

  • Leader $10,000 & up

  • Benefactor $5,000–$9,999

  • Partner $2,500–$4,999

  • Investor $1,000–$2,499

  • Supporter $500–$999

  • Contributor $100–$499

  • Donor up to $100

Legacy Giving

We encourage the members of our community to employ long-term estate planning to maximize their legacy to their loved ones and to their charitable interests. We also strongly urge them to seriously consider IWS as one of their priority charitable interests. While the annual support of the IWS community is absolutely crucial to the fulfillment of our sustainable mission, deferred support like Estate Planning can leave a Kingdom legacy with an impact that spans generations. This kind of gift is the single most significant act of generosity toward God that most of us will ever perform.

For more information on this or any way of supporting IWS, call the office at 800-282-2977.


Give Monthly

Set up a recurring donation by electronic check or credit card (select “Give this amount monthly” on the form and adjust the term length as desired).

Give Now

Donate to the IWS Fund or Scholarship Fund today by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover Card, or electronic check (or make a one-time gift by other means).

Planned Giving

How much thought have you given to what is potentially the single-most generous gift you'll make?