INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Bishop Michael J. Coyner announced April 11 the appointment of the Rev. Aleze Michelle Fulbright as the first Director of Leadership Development for the Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church effective July 1.

Fulbright, who lives in Allen, Texas, currently serves as an Associate Director at the Center for Leadership Development in the North Texas Conference, based in Plano, Texas. She plans to attend the Indiana Annual Conference session May 29-31 to begin meeting people and learning about the needs for lay and clergy leadership development in Indiana.

Upon her appointment, Coyner commented: “I was pleased when the Search Committee (composed of members of the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry, the Conference Board of Laity, the Cabinet and the Conference Human Resources Committee) recommended the appointment of the Rev. Aleze Fulbright to serve in this new position. A great deal of discussion, input, and prayer has gone into the creation of this position, and I believe we have found the right person to serve and lead in this ministry.

“Aleze already has designed and implemented a process in the North Texas Conference for honoring clergy and inviting them to participate in personal five-year growth plans with life coaching and learning. She will bring that experience to us as she works with our current processes and events to help develop an Indiana Conference process for lay and clergy leadership development,” he said.

Fulbright is a native of Tulsa, Okla. She graduated from Booker T. Washington High School and attended Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo. to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. She received her Masters of Divinity Degree from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. Currently, she is a doctoral candidate at Houston Graduate School of Theology, where she plans to graduate December 2014 with a Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Leadership.

Fulbright has spent most of her time working in the field of accounting for several major corporations in and around the Dallas metropolitan area. Before entering full-time ministry in 2008, she was the assistant controller for the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, Inc. She is an ordained Elder in the North Texas Conference. Prior to her current appointment as the Associate Director for the Center for Leadership Development, she served as the associate pastor at First United Methodist of Commerce, Texas, and campus minister for Wesleyan Campus Ministry at Texas A&M University in Commerce.

Fulbright says her joy in life is her 17-year-old son, Myron Fisher, Jr., who will graduate in June 2014 and begin his academic and athletic college career at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kan.

She said she has “a passion empowering people to recognize and live out their God-giveness with purpose.”