GBOD Board Elects Leader, Approves Pastor Pension Contribution


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  • GBOD Board Elects Leader, Approves Pastor Pension Contribution

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Oct. 22, 2013 /GBOD/ – The board of directors of The General Board of Discipleship, during its October meeting in Nashville, elected a new General Secretary (top executive) and approved a $217,000 “tithe” contribution to the Central Conference Pension Initiative (CCPI).

The Rev. Dr. Timothy L. Bias, senior pastor of Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church in Cincinnati, was elected to become the agency’s new General Secretary on Jan. 15.

GBOD’s contribution to CCPI helped the fundraising effort reach its $25 million challenge goal to provide pension support for retired pastors and their spouses in the United Methodist Church’s central conferences in Africa, the Philippines and Europe.

The General Board of Pension and Health Benefits said as a result of CCPI, all United Methodist clergy around the world, including every eligible central conference pastor, will now have reliable pension support through their conference and/or government program.

Bias will take over the General Secretary position from the Rev. Karen Greenwaldt, who will retire 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.

The board hosted a celebration to honor Greenwaldt for her service to GBOD and the church. She has served a total of 32 years in various roles at GBOD.
In other business, the board:

• Approved GBOD’s 2014 budget
• Authorized continuation of racial ethnic local church concerns grants
• Revised the Division on Ministries with Young People’s bylaws to bring them up-to-date
• Adopted new curriculum resources proposals

GBOD’s mission is to support annual conference and local church leaders for their task of equipping world-changing disciples. An agency of The United Methodist Church, GBOD is located at 1908 Grand Ave. in Nashville, Tenn. Visit for more information or call the Communications Office at (877) 899-2780, Ext. 1726.

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