INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Bishop Mike Coyner announces the appointment of retired senior pastor Dr. Kent Millard as Conference Director of Stewardship and Tithing effective March 1. The new position was approved this past Saturday, Feb. 18, by the Indiana Conference Leadership Table during one of its regular meetings.

Upon Millard’s appointment, Coyner said, “I am very pleased that Dr. Kent Millard will be our first-ever Director of Stewardship and Tithing. This new position was proposed as a way of helping us to implement the recommendations of the Tithing Task Force, and Dr. Millard will help us to keep focused upon teaching healthy stewardship and tithing throughout the Indiana Conference. He will be doing this ministry as a volunteer in retirement, which allows him flexibility with his own schedule and also the ‘leverage’ that comes from offering his services for free even as he leads us to be more generous. He will be helping congregations of the Indiana Conference to improve their stewardship and tithing by preaching in local churches, coaching pastors and lay leaders and by encouraging all of us to give to God out of generous hearts.”

Millard will have space available to him in the Indiana Conference Center from which to work and the support of the staff at the center in fulfilling his mission. He will work in coordination with other Conference Directors, District Superintendents and Bishop Coyner.

Millard retired from active ministry July 1, 2011 as senior pastor of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, where he served since 1993. Before coming to Indiana, he served several churches with distinction in South Dakota and was a District Superintendent in the South Dakota Conference. Millard, a native of South Dakota, earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago and an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Dakota Wesleyan University, his alma mater. He studied for one year at Cambridge University in England and has two master’s degrees from Boston University.

In 2007 The (United Methodist) Foundation for Evangelism selected him as the 2007 Distinguished Evangelist of The United Methodist Church.

Millard, whose wife, Minnietta, died this past year of cancer, has two adult children and seven grandchildren. He enjoys spending his free time bicycling, canoeing, visiting with his grandchildren and in reflection. He also dedicates time to the Indianapolis Interfaith Hunger Initiative as president and its hunger-relief projects. He recently returned from a hunger-relief trip to Kenya.