NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - Sandra Lackore (pictured at right) will retire next June after serving 12 years as chief executive of the agency that administers finances for The United Methodist Church and safeguards its legal rights and interests.

She shared the news with her staff at the General Council on Finance and Administration in Nashville, Tenn., on Sept. 17.

Her retirement also was announced churchwide by Bishop Mary Ann Swenson, president of the governing board for the agency.

Lackore, 63, will take a three-month family leave beginning Oct. 1 to care for her husband, the Rev. Cecil Lackore. Her retirement is effective June 30. The council's executive committee is developing an interim leadership plan.