Workshop Leaders

Workshop leaders for Small Wonders include:

Rev. Ashlee Alley

Rev. Ashlee Alley is the Clergy Recruitment and Development Coordinator for the Great Plains UMC and now calls Lincoln, NE home. She is an ordained deacon who served for 12 years in Campus Ministry, the last nine at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas. Ashlee loves learning (and sharing) about leadership and service in the world and makes lots of time for running, traveling, and connecting with family and friends.



Dave Brant

David (Dave) Brant has recently joined the Congregational Excellence Team as Coordinator of Lay Leadership Development. In this role Dave will work with others within the Great Plains Conference to develop and implement strategies for developing leaders within local congregations. 

Prior to Dave joining the Congregational Excellence Team, he most recently served as a Licensed Local Pastor in Attica Kansas, while he continues to pursue his MDIV at Asbury Theological Seminary. Prior to his pastoral role Dave spent 38 years working within the aircraft industry with companies such as Cessna, Piper, Learjet, and Galaxy Aerospace. Dave retired from Cessna Aircraft in 2012 from his position as Senior Vice President of Engineering and Customer Service. Dave has been a member of First United Methodist Church in Wichita Kansas since the mid 1980’s and has served in a variety of Lay Leadership positions including, Staff Parish, Finance, and Church Council. Dave and his wife (Peggy), have also been active in mission outreach and have served and led mission teams both nationally and internationally. Dave also serves as a Commissioner with the Kansas Human Rights commission appointed by the Governor of Kansas in 2014. Additionally, Dave serves as a consultant to the General Board of Global Ministries with their United Methodist Aviation program in the Congo.

Rev. Kalaba Chali

The Rev. Kalaba Chali is a Zambian by nationality, Congolese by culture and Zimbabwe-American by education.  His calling led him to Africa University, Mutare, Zimbabwe where he attended his first seminary and then at Perkins School of Theology where he graduated with a Master’s of Theology.

Rev. Chali currently serves as the Mercy & Justice Coordinator for the Great Plains Conference. Previously, he served as Associate Pastor and Pastor in United Methodist Congregations in Dallas, Texas and St. Louis, Missouri. Chali was ordained as a United Methodist elder in 2006, Jackson, MS. Rev. Chali is also completing a Doctoral degree in intercultural studies through Evangel University. He is married to Rev. Jill Sander-Chali and they have a 4 years old daughter named Mapalo (which means blessings).

Rev. Dr. Guy Chmieleski

Guy Chmieleski (pronounced: Shim-a-less-key) is the Campus Pastor and Dean of Campus Ministries at Friends University in Wichita, KS. He has previously served in several other campus ministry settings.

He earned a Doctor of Ministry, with an emphasis in spiritual formation and leadership development, from George Fox Evangelical Seminary (2005), a Master of Arts in Ministry from Palm Beach Atlantic University (2000), and a Bachelor of Arts in Youth Ministry from Bethel University (1997). He is the author of Shaping Their Future: Mentoring Students Through Their Formative College Years (Seedbed Publishing, 2013), CAMPUS gODS: Exposing the Idols That Can Derail Your Present and Destroy Your Future (Seedbed Publishing, 2013), and Noise. Hurry. Crowds. On Creating Space for God Amidst the Chaos of Campus and Culture (Seedbed Publishing, 2015).

Rev. Nicole Conard

Nicole is a conference staff person in the Wichita office who is passionate about generational ministry and spiritual formation especially in young adults.




Gregory Reffner

Gregory is a senior at Southwestern College studying religion and philosophy. He has worked in numerous church settings through his involvement in Worship Outreach (which is a student ministry organization at Southwestern) and summer pastoral leadership internships he has done through the Great Plains Conference. Gregory is applying for seminary to continue his theological education as he prepares to answer a call to ordained ministry in the United Methodist Church.