NASHVILLE, Tenn. (GBOD) – The board of directors of The General Board of Discipleship (GBOD) Thursday, Oct. 19, elected the Rev. Dr. Timothy L. Bias, senior pastor of Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church in Cincinnati, to be the agency’s new General Secretary (top executive).
Bishop Elaine J.W. Stanovsky of the Denver episcopal area and GBOD president, who announced the election during the board’s regular meeting, said Bias is “distinctly gifted to lead the whole church – from top to bottom – in a movement of renewed discipleship and to lead the agency through a season of change.”
Stanovsky said the Search Committee was impressed by the transformational leadership of Bias at First UMC in Peoria, Ill., from 1999-2009, and since then at Hyde Park UMC in Cincinnati.
“Dr. Bias leads people into small faith formation groups where they experience a Wesleyan model of discipleship that integrates inward faith and outward mission,” the bishop said. “Under his leadership both churches grew in all measures of vitality: membership, participation, stewardship, spiritual practice and transformational mission with their local communities and globally.”
Bias, who becomes general secretary on Jan. 15, will take over from the Rev. Karen Greenwaldt, who retires Dec. 31 after serving 13 years as GBOD’s chief executive. Current Associate General Secretary at GBOD, MaryJane Pierce Norton, will be acting General Secretary from Jan. 1-15.
Bias is a graduate of Marshall University and received his Master of Divinity degree from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in 1980 and his Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary in 1991. He was ordained as an Elder in 1981.
A native of Ashland, Ky., Bias and his wife, Kimberly Raynes, have two children and three grandchildren.
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