INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Annual Conference Sessions Implementation Team announces that two leaders in the congregational development movement will be keynote presenters during the upcoming 2012 Indiana Annual Conference session June 7-9 at the Indiana Convention Center.

The Friday teaching sessions will be led by the Rev. Dr. Jim Ozier, director of New Church Development and Congregational Transformation for the North Texas Conference, and Fiona Macleod who serves as director of Learning and Development at Interstate Batteries.

Ozier began his work for the NTC in November 2007, focusing on the area of new church development. Congregational transformation was added to his responsibilities in 2009.

He is responsible for starting new churches in the fast-growing Dallas-Fort Worth area and throughout North Texas. Prior to his current assignment, for nearly 18 years he was senior pastor of the 4,000-member Trietsch Memorial UMC in Flower Mound, Texas. Under his leadership, Trietsch Memorial more than tripled in size, attendance and stewardship. In addition to planting a church in Corinth, Texas, more than 1,500 worshippers attend one of Trietsch Memorial’s weekend worship services in a 1,400-seat sanctuary featuring state-of-the-art technology, powerful interviews and a choice of worship styles ranging from traditional to contemporary. He received M.Div. and D.Min. degrees from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

Prior to her current role at Interstate Batteries, Macleod was Director of Talent Developmnet at Southwest Airlines and before that Director of Workforce Strategies at Baylor Health Care Systems, both in Dallas. Her career has taken her across industries – energy, healthcare, airline – and acrosss disciplines – strategic planning, employment branding, performance management, executive coaching. This work was begun in Glasgow, Scotland, her native home.

Ozier and Macleod share practical, hands-on techniques to create a cultuure of growth and vitality in congregations. Based on experience, they teach and inspire churches to move beyond the barriers that hold them back and into a future which penetrates the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ.