Lay Leaders

Mission and Ministry
Kellie D. Brown is the author of “The Sound of Hope: Music as Solace, Resistance and Salvation During the Holocaust and World War II.” She discusses the book while seated in front of a stained-glass depiction of Jesus at First Broad Street United Methodist Church in Kingsport, Tenn., where she is a member. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

An academic journey turns spiritual

Telling the stories of Jewish musicians who tried to bring hope to Nazi Germany concentration camps and ghettos has led musician Kellie D. Brown in a new direction. She’s training for the ministry.
Local Church
Tiffany Nagel Monroe (left) receives the stole of an elder from the Rev. Linda Harker during a service of ordination June 1, 2016, at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, in Oklahoma City. A report by the Ministry Study Commission about the future of the ordination ministry was presented during the pre-General Conference 2020 briefing held Jan. 23-24 in Nashville. File photo by Hugh W. Scott, Oklahoma Conference.

‘Sacred Trust’ report touts local church leadership

United Methodism should consider returning to its roots by relying more on lay people and ordained local ministers, deacons and elders, according to a church report.
General Church
Betty Spiwe Katiyo of Zimbabwe delivers one of three Laity Addresses to the April 25 session of the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Florida. Katiyo, a longtime lay leader in The United Methodist Church, died suddenly Aug. 10 after leaving the Commission on General Conference meeting in Lexington, Ky. File photo by Paul Jeffrey, UM News.

Zimbabwe lay leader dies at 63

Betty Spiwe Katiyo, who died suddenly Aug. 10, is being remembered as “amazing woman of God.”
Church Growth
Kay Schecht, standing with Bishop Mike McKee, accepts the Foundation for Evangelism’s Distinguished Evangelist Award during the April 8 worship service at Plymouth Park United Methodist Church, in Irving, Texas. Photo by Bill Fentum.

Laywoman honored as ‘Distinguished Evangelist’

Foundation for Evangelism gives major award to Kay Schecht for work with at-risk children and youth, including bringing them to church.

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