A Hoosier will continue to lead the United Methodist General Board of Discipleship (GBOD) directors for the next four years (2009-2012). During an organizational meeting held in Nashville, Tenn. Sept. 23-27, the Rev. Frank Beard, superintendent of the Kokomo District, was elected the board's secretary.

The directors also elected Virginia Bishop Charlene P. Kammerer, president; newly elected bishop of the Denver Area, Bishop Elaine Stanovsky, vice president; and GBOD's chief administrative officer/treasurer, the Rev. Charles Carnahan, treasurer. The board is comprised of 58 members from the five jurisdictions and central conferences outside the United States, plus one liaison representative from the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico, and one member without vote from among the member churches of Churches Uniting in Christ. For more information, log on to www.gbod.org. Indiana Bishop Mike Coyner, who led the GBOD these past four years (2004-2008) as president, will be serving the General Commission on Finance and Administration during this quadrennial term.