INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Conference has hired an experienced youth worker to head up a new student ministry program.

The Director of Connectional Ministries of the Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church, the Rev. Dr. James Bushfield, announced Oct. 10 the selection of Helene Foust as the new Associate Director of Student Ministry for the Indiana Conference effective Dec. 1.

According to Bushfield, Foust will assume the responsibilities of resourcing and networking ministry with youth in congregations across the state and working with United Methodist-related campus ministry programs and Wesley Foundation ministries in Indiana.

The Indiana Conference identifies ministry with youth and college students as a continuing priority and authorized staff to support programs across the state in its reorganization in 2008. Foust is taking over these responsibilities from the Rev. Brian Durand, who was recently named as the conference’s Associate Director of Leadership Development. He will focus on supporting a new generation of leaders in the church.

Foust is currently the Minister to Youth and Young Adults at Old Bethel United Methodist Church in Indianapolis. She also has developed youth ministry programs at the Milltown United Methodist Church and has had extensive experience as the Director of Christian Education in Terryville, Conn.

Upon her selection by an interview team, Bushfield said, “She (Foust) has developed successful ministries in urban, rural and suburban settings and will be very helpful to congregations of all sizes as they grow ministry with students.”