News Room

Nicole Burdakin
Long established networks of United Methodist-related educational institutions exist in North America, Latin America and elsewhere, but recently developed networks are emerging on the continent of Africa in full-force.
Marcie Smeck
Zanele Furusa
On the day before the inauguration of Professor Munashe Furusa as Africa University’s fourth vice chancellor, what was his wife, Zanele Furusa doing? She joined students on the side of the highway that leads to AU to pick up trash.
Marcie Smeck
Mary Beth Byrne, UMC Deacon
Mary Beth Byrne, an ordained deacon and retired teacher and school counselor, visited Africa University in 2011, with the Global Ministries’ Individual Volunteer in Mission program as part of a short term mission team from Indiana. Two years later, she returned.
Nicole Burdakin
Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock, Dr. Jeffrey Kuan, and Dr. Jung Ha Kim
Drs. Rita Nakashima Brock and Jung Ha Kim were honored as retiring mentors of the Women of Color scholarship program at the Pacific, Asian and North American Asian Women in Theology and Ministry (PANAAWTM) Conference, March 12-14, 2015.
Tom Gillem
Russell Richey, GBHEM, Willson Lecture
Dr. Russell E. Richey urged GBHEM to help United Methodist seminaries work together to become more collaborative and cooperative as they serve their students and the church during the 2015 Willson Lecture, which he delivered at GBHEM’s Board of Directors meeting on March 12.
Tom Gillem
Kim Cape, GBHEM Board of Directors
“The church is asking us to be different and do different things than it has in the past, and we are adapting to these changing needs,” Cape told GBHEM’s board members March 11, 2015, at their semiannual meeting in Nashville, Tenn.
Ebony Lincoln, GBHEM communications director
Upon recommendation by the search team, GBHEM announces the appointment of Ebony Lincoln as director in the Office of Communications. She will begin work, reporting to Kim Cape and Scott Brewer, on March 30, 2015.
Ten students have been selected by GBHEM as the next class of Dempster Scholars. The Dempster Graduate Fellowship supports doctoral students who are committed to serving the church by becoming professors who will educate the next generation of United Methodist pastors.
Nicole Burdakin
UMC E-Readers, CCTE Grants
Seventy-three grants totaling $1 million were awarded for theological education in 22 countries in Africa, Asia, and Europe. The money will be used for training local pastors, development of faculty, provision of e-readers, curriculum development, development of libraries, and more.
Kara Lassen Oliver
Daniel Mateer
Daniel knew about the United Methodist Smart Loan, administered by GBHEM, because his sisters had already benefited from the same loan program. So he didn’t think twice about applying. “Do the numbers,” he said.
Nicole Burdakin
Over 150 participants from 20 countries convened for an international conference February 1–4, 2015, in Incheon, Korea, of the Asia-Pacific Association of Methodist-related Educational Institutions (APAMEI). This organization, formed in 2012, promotes collaborative and cooperative institutional networking among UM-related schools, colleges, universities and theological schools in the Asia-Pacific region.
Marcie Smeck
Partnerships between United Methodist related schools, colleges, universities and theological schools will further the denomination’s mission work, educators and general agency staff agreed during discussions at a meeting of the National Association of Schools and Colleges of The United Methodist Church (NASCUMC) in Washington, D.C.
Colonel Gerald “Scott” Henry, Jr., the Rev. Dr. Matthew Charlton and Sheila Bates
Upon recommendation by the search teams and confirmation by Bishop Virginia Taylor, Holston Annual Conference, and Bishop Bill McAlilly, Tennessee Annual Conference, GBHEM announces the appointment of Colonel Gerald “Scott” Henry, Jr., in the United Methodist Endorsing Agency and the Rev. Dr. Matthew Charlton and the Rev. Sheila Bates in the Collegiate Ministry office.
Baltimore-Washington Conference
The week of Christian Unity became real in tangible and spiritual ways on Jan. 25, at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. when Christ set the banquet table and the Rev. Canon Gina Campbell served Communion to the people of God in both the United Methodist and Episcopal churches.
Gina Campbell, Kim Cape
To commemorate the recent Interim Eucharist Sharing agreement between the Episcopal Church and The United Methodist Church, Washington National Cathedral will be hosting a special celebration, inviting Rev. Canon Gina Campbell to preside over the service of the Holy Eucharist on Sunday, January 25 at 11:15 a.m. EST. The service will also include a sermon by guest preacher the Rev. Dr. Kim Cape, General Secretary of GBHEM.
Marcie Smeck
Consultation on Theological Education
If conversations shape organizations, what are the key conversations that we should be engaging in now? What are the most important questions that will shape the next evolution of theological education and formation?
Nicole Burdakin
The Asia-Pacific Association of Methodist-related Educational Institutions (APAMEI) will hold an international conference February 1–4, 2015, in Incheon, Korea. This organization, formed in 2012, promotes collaborative and cooperative institutional networking among United Methodist-related schools, colleges, universities and theological schools in the Asia-Pacific region.
"And the angel said to them, 'Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people." Luke 2:10
The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry opened applications for spring and summer loans on December 11, 2014 and will accept loan applications until May 5, 2015.
Kara Lassen Oliver
At the closing worship service of this year’s Sol Africa project, the Rev. Adriano Quelende reminded the eight United Methodist pastors from Angola and Mozambique that the people of Africa expect a lot from them. On November 28, these eight pastors join the ranks of 24 other pastors from the four Lusophone (Portuguese-speaking) central conferences in Africa who have been trained over the past nine years at Methodist University in São Paulo, Brazil, as part of Sol Africa.
Susan Naslund
Sixty-five gathered in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the United Methodist Women of Color Scholars scholarship and mentoring program, the only denominationally sponsored program of its kind, November 21, 2014, in San Diego, California.
Renee Elder
Entering college after a tour of military duty is a little like stepping into another world. “There’s a feeling of being isolated when you come back,” said Timothy Woody, who spent six years as a member of the Air Force Reserve with tours in the Middle East before starting college at West Virginia University in 2009.
Scott Brewer GBHEM
General Board of Higher Education and Ministry General Secretary Kim Cape has announced that Scott Brewer has accepted the position of associate general secretary for Administration and Operations. He begins employment on January 5, 2015.
Nicole Burdakin
Formation for Ministry in American Methodism: Twenty-first Century Challenges and Two Centuries of Problem-Solving is a new publication that names and critically considers the potential future of formation for ministry in the digital age.
Marcie Smeck
The E-Reader Project recently got a boost through obtaining Portuguese content for e-readers for theological schools in Angola and Mozambique. Adriano Quelende, GBHEM's director of Global Formation for Spiritual Leaders, recently visited the annual conferences of Angola East and West as well as Mozambique North and South annual conferences.

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