Recent News

Xenos Elders Announce Further Transition Plans

Xenos Senior Elder Dennis McCallum has announced his plans to step down from some of his roles at the end of 2018, entering partial retirement. This follows a similar announcement by fellow Senior Elder Gary DeLashmutt. After much discussion and prayer, the elders have announced that Ryan Lowery and Conrad Hilario will be put before the Servant Team for confirmation as Senior Elders in Dennis and Gary's place. Another longtime Xenos elder, Jim Leffel, has retired from his role to focus on his work with Xenos' international partnerships and Central Teachings. 

Here is a full report on the changes from Dennis and Gary:

For the past several years, Xenos elders have been working on the project of redeployment and retirement for our older leaders and transition to younger leadership. Clearly, every leader is on his or her way out at all times. The question is, when and how is best? This is an inevitable change that we, as a church, must face.

For years now, we have been at work training and coaching younger leaders who could shoulder the task of upper level leadership. They’re not that young – mostly close to or over 40 years old. Thank God, we have a strong group of elders who are fully qualified and equipped to take on this task. We feel highly confident that the elders we have in place are ready for this mission. Also, more elders are being developed who can join them in the future.

The Light in the Darkness of Cambodia

A group of 40 people from Xenos are back from a short-term missions trip to Cambodia. Shane Coulter was on the trip and shares his experience:

In his book, Cambodia's Curse, Joel Brinkley aptly sums up the experience of visiting Cambodia: "Be careful because Cambodia is the most dangerous place you will ever visit. You will fall in love with it, and eventually it will break your heart." The countryside is gorgeous, and yet ravaged by poverty. The culture is rich in tradition, and yet sex trafficking and domestic violence are viewed as commonplace. The Khmer people built marvels like Angkor Wat, and yet they were also victims and perpetrators of one of the most tragic genocides in history.

Our short term team became enmeshed in this culture of contradictions during our 15 day trip to Cambodia. We began by visiting the beautiful temples in Siem Reap, and spending a few days enjoying the wonderful sights and the delicious food. However, after visiting the killing fields where Pol Pot murdered millions, many of us were left asking, "Where was God during these people's suffering?" The next day we began our work week and we all found the answer to that question. God never abandoned the people of Cambodia!