UMVIM Director Sue King Accepts Position in Yellowstone Annual Conference

March 26, 2009

Dr. Sue King, Director of the United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) program and Disaster Response Coordinator for the California-Nevada Annual Conference, has accepted a position as Director of Connectional Ministries for the Yellowstone Annual Conference, effective July 1, 2009.

In making the announcement, California-Nevada's Resident Bishop, Warner H. Brown, Jr., expressed gratitude for the "outstanding work" King has done since coming here in January, 2007.

"The UMVIM program has grown significantly under Sue's leadership," the Bishop wrote. "In 2008 more than 800 people on 68 teams, from 85 different California-Nevada churches were commissioned for UMVIM mission trips—a record number of participants for this ministry.

"Sue has been tireless in supporting our partnership with the West Angola Conference, working to help the Conference prepare for disaster response, and has herself responded to natural disasters close to home and farther away. Her devotion to mission and connectionalism has resulted in significant contributions to this Conference, and she will be sorely missed.

"However, we rejoice with Sue in this opportunity to extend herself and put her gifts to use in a new way, on a new mission field, as God directs."

Linda Wiberg, Cal-Nevada Director of Connectional Ministry, says King "has done so much to identify and train leaders with a passion for mission - and because of it, the future of UMVIM is in great hands. We are thankful for Sue's fruitful work in our midst."

King says she is "deeply grateful" for her time in Cal-Nevada and will be sad to leave.

"I am looking forward to working in Yellowstone in this new capacity," she says, but adds, "I will definitely miss [the people of this Conference] in the midst of my joy and anticipation of the new ways that I'll be in ministry in Yellowstone."

A part-time Interim UMVIM Director will be hired to continue the work for the balance of 2009 after King's July 1 departure, Wiberg reports.