Rev. Dr. Aleze Fulbright, Director of Leadership Development, is pleased to announce two staffing updates in the area of Ministerial Services for the Office of Leadership Development. Mr. Ed Metzler will serve as the new Administrator of Leadership Development – Ministerial Services and the Rev. Matthew J. Leffler, Sr., will serve as the Associate Director of Leadership Development – Ministerial Services.

As the Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church remains fully committed to discover, develop and deploy fruitful leaders across Indiana and throughout the world, the Office of Leadership Development continues to ensure that proper resources are in place to support this ongoing vision.

Edward Metzler – Administrator of Leadership Development – Ministerial Services

In the role of the Administrator of Leadership Development – Ministerial Services, Metzler will provide leadership and support for the implementation of the policies, practices and processes for the Board of Ordained Ministry to assist in realizing the vision of Leadership Development. The Administrator is the Chief Record Custodian and will serve as the Registrar for the Board of Ordained Ministry by providing administrative support. Metzler will serve as the first line point of contact for all candidates as they journey through the process of ordained ministry.

Metzler, a native of Erie, Pa., served 20 years as a public affairs specialist (both public relations and journalism) in the United States Air Force. Upon retirement, he and his family relocated to Indianapolis, where he had previously served. Metzler began working for the Indiana Conference as a freelancer with the Hoosier United Methodist Together in 1994. For more than 12 years he has served in the area office as the full-time secretary to two bishops. He is married to Erma Metzler, who serves as the Indiana Conference communication assistant. They have two children and three grandchildren.

Metzler will begin June 1, 2015, and may be reached at 317-924-1321.

Rev. Matthew J. Leffler, Sr. – Associate Director of Leadership Development – Ministerial Services

As the Associate Director of Leadership Development – Ministerial Services, Leffler will serve as an adaptive thinker who will ensure consistency throughout the candidacy process and strategically ensure the Board’s actions, policies and procedures are being consistently followed by all entities of the Board of Ordained Ministry. As this is a part-time arrangement, Leffler will be provided the opportunity to continue living out his call in the local church setting in addition to offering his administrative gifts to the conference.

Leffler, a second career pastor, spent 14 years as a manufacturing engineer in the automotive and glass industries prior to entering the ministry. He was first appointed as a bi-vocational Supply Pastor in 1998, and then ordained as an Elder in the former North Indiana Conference in 2007. Leffler has served the following charges: Deerfield/Ridgeville Bethel, Farmland, New Burlington/Muncie Industry, and most recently, Fort Wayne Trinity. He will share his appointment in Leadership Development with the congregation at Middletown United Methodist Church. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from Ball State University and Masters of Divinity from United Theological Seminary. His hobbies include golfing, reading, singing and spending time with family. Leffler and his wife, Tracey, have two children, Mickala, 9 and Matt, 6.

Leffler will begin July 1, 2015, and may be reached at 317-924-1321.

About Leadership Development – Ministerial Services

One of the key functional areas of Leadership Development is the Indiana Conference Board of Ordained Ministry and their work to discover and develop fruitful leaders through the entire process of ministry – from “recruitment to retirement.” As this group continues to prepare for an influx of candidates for ministry in the coming years through continued work in creating a culture of call, as well as implementing systems and processes to assist those in answering the call, the need to properly resource the functions of Ministerial Services is essential.