INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Bishop Mike Coyner announces the selection and appointment of the Rev. LeKisha Reed of New Orleans, La., as the new Associate Director for Missions and Advocacy for the Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church effective July 1. Reed is a new face to Indiana as she begins her work with Connectional Ministries Director James Bushfield as an employee of the new conference staff.
Coyner also announced the selection of the Rev. Sandy Harlan of Bloomington, Ind. as the new conference Associate Director of Clergy Services effective August 1.
The selections of Reed and Harlan were made by Bushfield.
Reed recently served as associate pastor of First Grace United Methodist Church in New Orleans, a position she served since June 2007. Previously, she served as pastor of the Boyntown UMC in Gretna, La. She also has served a resident student chaplain in Atlanta, Ga., program director for the Summer Leadership Institute in New Orleans, and a ministry fellow of The Fund for Theological Education in Atlanta.
She is a 1994 graduate of Holy Names High School of Oakland, Calif.; a 2002 graduate of Dillard University of New Orleans (B.A. of Arts Humanities) and a 2005 graduate of Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta (M.Div.). She spent 1990-2000 in the overseas student program at Ben-Gurion University in Beer-Sheba, Israel.
Reed is a Hurricane Katrina survivor and assisted her congregation and community of Gretna in recovery efforts following the August 2005 devastation.
In her application letter, she wrote, “I have worked with African American, White, Hispanic, Latino, Baptist, Catholic, Episcopal and Methodist congregations training their young people in advocacy and mission work. My approach to mission and advocacy is to build on people’s strengths and assets and not solely focus on deficits and needs. This enables them to actively be a part of the solution.”
In making the selection of Harlan to Connectional Ministries, 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 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 served as Director of Financial Ministries 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 graduated from the University of Evansville with 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.