General Board of Church & Society announces 2013-2016 Board of Directors

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The 2013-2016 Board of Directors for the United Methodist General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) has been announced.

GBCS is one of four international general program boards of The United Methodist Church. Prime responsibility of the board is to seek implementation of the Social Principles and other policy statements on Christian social concerns of the General Conference, the denomination’s highest policy-making body. The board’s primary areas of ministry are Advocacy, Education & Leadership Formation, United Nations & International Affairs, and resourcing these areas for the denomination. It has offices on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., and at the Church Center for the United Nations in New York City.

The Board of Directors consists of 41 persons elected at the five Jurisdictional Conferences in July, 6 persons from the Central Conferences (outside the United States) nominated by the Council of Bishops, and bishops elected by the General Conference.

Other persons were added to the membership in July by a selection committee that worked to create a balance of diversity on several levels, such as age, ethnicity and gender. The selection committee met at the United Methodist Building in Washington, DC after the Jurisdictional Conferences. The committee included past board members and other individuals designated by the jurisdictions.

An organizational meeting for the new Board of Directors will be Thursday to Sunday, Sept. 12-16. The meeting will be held at Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center in North Carolina. The meeting is open to anyone.

Following is the roster of the 2013-2016 GBCS Board of Directors. The roster is arranged by Jurisdictions, Central Conferences and Bishops. Each person's annual conference is listed in parentheses following the name.

North Central Jurisdiction
• Melissa Calvillo (Illinois Great Rivers)
• Lonnie A. Chafin (Northern Illinois)
• The Rev. Dr. Dan R. Dick (Wisconsin)
• David N. Edgar (West Ohio)
• James W. Ehrman (East Ohio)
• The Rev. Chris Pierson (Northern Illinois)
• The Rev. Lisa Dianne Schubert (Indiana)
• The Rev. Deanna Stickley-Miner (West Ohio)
• The Rev. Saul C. Trinidad (Detroit)

Northeastern Jurisdiction
• The Rev. Sung Hoon Ahn (Greater New Jersey)
• The Rev. William S. Campbell (New England)
• Boe Harris (Peninsula-Delaware)
• Kurt F. Karandy II (Upper New York)
• The Rev. Dr. Kathleen E. Kind (Susquehanna)
• The Rev. Luisa C. Martinez (New York)
• Michael A. Parker II (Baltimore-Washington)
• The Rev. Elizabeth A. Quick (Upper New York)

South Central Jurisdiction
• The Rev. Dr. L. James Bankston (Texas)
• Chelsea C. Calderon (Northwest Texas-New Mexico)
• Philip Jayphen Clark (Arkansas)
• The Rev. Kurt J. Cooper (Kansas East)
• Richard Hearne (North Texas)
• Cynthia A. Johnson (Rio Grande)
• The Rev. Richard A. Jones (North Texas)
• The Rev. Cynthia B. Karges (Nebraska)
• Sharon S. Stewart (Southwest Texas)
• Briana Nicole Tobey (Oklahoma)
• Andrew J. P. Williams (Missouri)

Southeastern Jurisdiction
• Dr. Solomon Christian (Memphis)
• The Rev. John A. Denmark (Florida)
• Emily Farnell (North Carolina)
• Haniel Robles Garibay (Virginia)
• The Rev. Elisabeth Anne Garvin (Mississippi)
• The Rev. Don Hanshew (Holston)
• Tyler A. R. Henry (Mississippi)
• The Rev. Dr. James Howell (Western North Carolina)
• Dorothy Ivey (Virginia)
• The Rev. Susan P. Leonard-Ray (South Carolina)
• Patricia Adele Luna (Alabama-West Florida)
• The Rev. Kenneth L. Nelson (South Carolina)
• The Rev. Mark D. Parris (North Alabama)
• J. Liz Patterson (South Carolina)
• Dr. Clarenda Phillips (Kentucky)
• The Rev. Meghan Roth (Virginia)
• William Henry Stikes (North Georgia)
• L. Daphine Strickland (Western North Carolina)
• The Rev. Lisa Yebuah (North Carolina)

Western Jurisdiction
• Dr. Randall Miller (California-Nevada)
• James Charles Nibbelink (Desert Southwest)
• The Rev. Molly E. Vetter (California-Pacific)
Central Conference
• The Rev. Manuel João André (West Angola)
• The Rev. Ranny Jacinto (Philippines)
• Jefferson Knight (Liberia)
• The Rev. Dr. Joseph Mazawu Muhota (Southern Congo)
• The Rev. Jörg Niederer (Switzerland) (Central & Southern Europe)
• Daniel Obergfell (Germany South)

·  Bishop Christian Alsted (Nordic & Baltic)
·  Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe
·  Bishop Young Jin Cho (Virginia)
·  Bishop John L. Hopkins (East Ohio)
·  Bishop Robert Hoshibata (Desert Southwest)
·  Bishop Peggy A. Johnson (Eastern Pennsylvania and Peninsula-Delaware)