WINFIELD — Megan Eisenbarth and Ashley Achilles, McPherson, recently participated in the Summit Youth Academy at Southwestern College in Winfield.

Eisenbarth and Achilles were nominated by a leader in their church to attend the United Methodist high school theology initiative from July 23-29. They also completed an application process to be accepted into the Summit.

“We were thrilled to have Megan and Ashley at the Summit this year,” said the Rev. Wendy Mohler-Seib, the director of the academy. “They came to us highly recommended, and it is easy to see why. I’m excited to see how they respond to God’s calling by sharing their gifts in the world.”

The Summit is a seven-day faith formation experience for those going into their junior or senior year of high school. Attendees learned about core Wesleyan beliefs in addition to studying poverty, community, and participating in vocational discernment. Students also completed an inventory to help them understand their preferred working environments and career options. After the Summit, the students will stay connected in an online Bible study throughout the 2017-2018 school year.

“Our goal is to give young disciples a deeper understanding of their faith, the challenges that our communities and neighbors face, and exposure to quality theological education so they can respond to God in a thoughtful way that promotes love, grace, kindness, and mercy in the world around them,” said Mohler-Seib. “We believe that every person is uniquely gifted to bring goodness to those around them.”

Students selected for the Summit were those who showed an interest in thinking deeply about faith, came from a Methodist or Wesleyan faith background, and had a desire to better understand where they are being called to live out their faith.

“We feel we really had the ‘best of the best’ young people at the Summit this week,” said Mohler-Seib. “McPherson First United Methodist Church should be very proud of them. I’m looking forward to receiving more nominations from McPherson next year.”

The 2018 Summit Youth Academy will be July 22-28. Nomination and application forms are available at

Southwestern College is a private institution granting undergraduate and graduate degrees and is affiliated with the United Methodist Church.