Indiana Bishop Mike Coyner announces the selection of the Rev. Sandy Harlan of Bloomington has been hired to be the new conference Associate Director of Clergy Services effective August 1. The selection of this Harlan to this position was made by Indiana Conference Director of Connectional Ministries James Bushfield.

In making this selection, Bushfield said, “Harlan was selected by an interview team from members of the two former boards of ordained ministry and the cabinet. She will work with the new Board of Ordained Ministry in coordinating the transition to new districts and she will plan for the transition to the new conference center this winter. Both Harlan and Dan Snyder (of the former NIC) will continue their responsibilities (as registrar) with each of the former conferences between now and the end of the year, to organize the transfer of records and other transition issues.”

Harlan has worked with the South Indiana Conference Board of Ordained Ministry in several capacities during the past 11 years. She first became a member of the board in 1998 when she served as Registrar for the Division of Deacons. In 2005, she became interim staff person to the board incorporating those responsibilities into her half-time portfolio, which at the time included several other conference boards and committees. Shortly thereafter, she became the official staff person relating to the board. In 2007, she was named to the full-time position of Director of Ministerial Services and continues to serve in that capacity.

From 1993 to 2007 she also served as Director of Financial Services for St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Bloomington.

She was consecrated a Diaconal Minister in 1998 and ordained Deacon in 2000. Her secondary appointment is to St. Mark’s where she continues to serve in a variety of ways. She is a 1965 graduate of the University of Evansville hold a B.A. degree and has done graduate work in theology and church administration.

She is mother to two adult sons, one of Greenwood, the other of North Fort Myers, Fla. She also has a grandson in Bloomington who is married and father to twin five-year-old girls. Besides time with family and friends, she enjoys movies, reading, walking, travel and oil painting.