Welcome to my final issue of the Hoosier United Methodist Together conference newspaper. I began my responsibilities as editor and director of communication of the Indiana Area in February 2003. I thank you for your support, encouragement and stories during the past eleven years.

This not only completes my term as editor here in Indiana, but also completes 38 years of ministry in The United Methodist Church. I was ordained in June 1976 as a clergy member of the Nebraska Conference of The United Methodist Church. I have served eight years in pastoral ministry in Nebraska and eleven years as director of communication and editor of The Nebraska Messenger conference newspaper.

Following 18 years of ministry in Nebraska, I was appointed to Dallas, Texas, in 1994 as associate editor of the national United Methodist Reporter, an independent newspaper within The United Methodist Church. I served in Dallas for five years before moving to Indiana as the managing editor of The Disciple magazine, the former national publication of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). I left the Disciples in 2013 for my present appointment.

I have chosen to retire from conference ministry and wait upon discernment for my next call to ministry during retirement. I plan to remain in Indianapolis, at least for now.

The past 38 years have been a blessing. I have been able to meet and write stories about national and global leaders including Bishop Desmond Tutu, Mikhail Gorbachev, Liberia President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, plus First Lady Laura Bush, when she was First Lady of Texas.

As a communicator, I have had the privilege of serving five bishops, including the late Bishop Monk Bryan, J. Woodrow Hearn, Joel Martinez, Woodie W. White and Michael J. Coyner. I have appreciated my relationship with each of them. I also have served with numerous general church leaders, conference directors, associate directors and staff members. I appreciate the service they give to the church. I will miss being part of a conference team.

And you, conference leaders and readers, I will miss being with you on a day-to-day and conference-to-conference routine. You have made my task easier by submitting news, information, commentary and letters. Thank you.

Also thank you to Erma Metzler, who has been our communication assistant during the eleven years I served The United Methodist Church in Indiana. I appreciate you, Erma, and the skills and expertise you have given in dedicated service to the church.

I now welcome Skyler Nimmons, who has come to Indiana from Columbia, South Carolina, as the new Indiana Conference Communication Director. He has already taken his position in the communication office. I wish him well as he begins the task of communicating the life, work and service of the church to Hoosier United Methodists and others across the state and around the world.

I have enjoyed knowing you all and serving with you and wish God’s very best to you in the future as you continue the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

Grace and peace,
Daniel R. Gangler