NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Jodi L. Cataldo, director of Leadership Development for the Dakotas Conference, will become the Director of Laity in Leadership at the General Board of Discipleship (GBOD) Dec. 1.

Cataldo, who has served on the conference staff since 2010, previously served both on staff and as a missionary for the General Board of Global Ministries, including a six-year missionary assignment to the Methodist Church of Lithuania with her husband, the Rev. Dr. Chet Cataldo.

“We are excited by the depth of her experience, her commitment to the church and her global service in The United Methodist Church, as well as her service in the Dakotas Conference with the areas targeted in this position,” said MaryJane Pierce Norton, associate general secretary of the Discipleship Ministries Division at GBOD.

The position of Laity in Leadership director is crucial for GBOD, Norton said. Visit for more information.

“Through this position, GBOD addresses the areas of Lay Servant Ministries, Lay Leaders, Certified Lay Minister and other key lay positions in congregations,” she said. “GBOD believes in the importance of the Ministry of All Believers, so equipping, empowering and partnering with laity is essential for the health of congregations as they engage in the task of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”

Successful revitalization efforts for the UMC will require laity working in partnership with clergy, Cataldo said. In the Dakotas, when “we paid attention to laity, and started developing them and helping them to see a greater vision for their part, they became mobilized,” she said.

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