• Empowering UMC Ministry Through Financial Assistance
    Published On: November 8, 2023

    UMC Partnerships Help to Strengthen Theological Education What could a newlywed from Alabama and a grandfather of two living in Washington, D.C., possibly have in common? Well as seminary students striving towards their ministerial calling, they may have more in common than meets the eye. Both John Bruce and Leslie...

  • GBHEM and GBGM Move Toward Greater Missional Alignment as Rev. Greg Bergquist Announces His Retirement
    Published On: October 24, 2023

    Roland Fernandes Named as Successor to Lead Both Agencies Rev. Greg Bergquist, general secretary of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM), has requested a retired relationship from the California-Nevada Annual Conference, effective June 30, 2024, after serving as GBHEM’s chief executive for more than five years. Roland...

  • GBHEM Shares a Heartwarming Moment with Pope Francis
    Published On: September 21, 2023

    The Methodist Ecumenical Office of Rome hosted senior leaders from the World Methodist Historical Society and the International Association of Methodist Schools, Colleges, and Universities (IAMSCU) in early September. Dr. Amos Nascimento and General Secretary, Rev. Greg Bergquist attended the conference on behalf of The General Board of Higher Education...

  • Faith and Intellect, Help Rev. Kosh Jr. Cast a Wider Net
    Published On: September 21, 2023

    Growing up a pastor’s kid in the Missouri Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, Rev. Kevin Kosh Jr. rebuffed the idea of becoming a pastor himself when he grew up. Despite what people observed about him and what he knew deep down, he wanted to blaze his own trail....

  • GBHEM locks into energy of YOUTH 2023
    Published On: August 18, 2023

    If YOUTH 2023 illustrated anything to the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) staff taking part, it was that the future looks brighter than a lot of people may realize. With teenagers from all over the world converging on the Daytona Beach (Fla.) Ocean Center from July 25-28,...

  • GBHEM Scholarships helps students thrive despite obstacles
    Published On: August 16, 2023

    Julia Tippen’s college career may have been temporarily interrupted by a pandemic. That wasn’t going to stop the recent university graduate from making the most of her opportunity, though—not even close. Heading into the second half of her freshman year at New Orleans’ Dillard University, one of the 11 United...

  • Wealth of the Sun
    Published On: July 24, 2023

    While many people have just begun to think about alternative power sources for their homes and businesses, the Higher Institute of Theology of Abadjin-Doumé (ISTHA) has depended on it since 2019, thanks to funding through the Central Conference Theological Education Fund (CCTEF). Located in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, ISTHA opened in...

  • University Senate Announces Accrediting Organizations
    Published On: July 21, 2023

    The University Senate gathered in Atlanta, Georgia on Wednesday, June 28, 2023, to conduct regular business at its summer meeting. During the meeting, the Senate voted to clarify which accrediting organizations satisfy the accreditation standards articulated in the Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church 2016 and the University...

  • A Season for Renewal and a Joint Commitment to our Worldwide Connection
    Published On: June 28, 2023

    For everything, there is a season! The months of May and June are special times for the people in the Wesleyan and Methodist traditions. In these times, we reflect on our spiritual roots as followers of Jesus Christ and renew our social commitment to a worldwide connection, inspired by John...

  • Philander Smith College names GBHEM’s chief equity officer and assistant general secretary, Dr. Cynthia Bond Hopson as interim president
    Published On: June 23, 2023

    Dr. Cynthia A. Bond Hopson, chief equity officer and assistant general secretary of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM), has been appointed to serve as the interim president of Philander Smith College effective July 1, 2023. Dr. Bond Hopson will be responsible for overseeing the institution’s strategic...