NASHVILLE, Tenn. (GBOD) - Henry 'Hank' Hilliard has been named manager of Youth Ministry Development for Young People's Ministries in Nashville, which is a ministry of the United Methodist General Board of Discipleship.

"Hank brings (to GBOD) a wealth of experience planning, organizing and promoting ministry programming, including mission trips, spiritual formation retreats, outreach events and creative arts ministry teams," said Karen Greenwaldt, top executive for GBOD.

Hilliard was formerly director of both Youth and College Ministry and Young Adult Ministries at Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Memphis, where he was responsible for leading and directing youth ministries for more than 12 years. He started a college and young adult ministry at the church in 2003.

Hank's vision for youth ministry includes developing and enhancing the knowledge of youth and leaders of youth through relevant, creative and readily available resources for youth ministries, and in providing training and networking opportunities.

In his new capacity, he looks forward to equipping youth to become disciples of Jesus Christ within The United Methodist Church through leadership development, through Web-based learning resources and by responding to all levels of inquiries related to enhancing and developing youth ministries.