INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Annual Conference session will welcome two leaders in the congregational development movement as keynote presenters during a two-hour Friday morning teaching session June 8 in the Main Room.

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 will be the co-presenters.

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 Development 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 across disciplines – strategic planning, employment branding, performance management and executive coaching. This work was begun in Glasgow, Scotland, her native home.

Ozier and Macleod share practical, hands-on techniques to create a culture 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.

Laity luncheon and session with presenters

Ozier and Macleod will address all laity, both members and guests, during a laity luncheon session in the Sagamore Ballroom Thursday, June 7 at 11 a.m. Laity will have an opportunity to get to know one another better at the luncheon.

During the luncheon, one of the two laity manuscript winners also will share his or her thoughts on the theme, Making Room, and folks will have an opportunity for table discussion around topics chosen because of their importance to the laity. Online registration for the laity luncheon is available at

Laity will gather in the Sagamore Ballroom for the Lay Executive Session at 3:30 p.m. the same day. There will be a time of worship, the announcement of the recipients of the Denman and the Bread and Basin awards, and the other manuscript winner will speak to the group at this time.

All these sessions are open.