Ken Sloane Becomes GBOD Stewardship Director

September 01, 2011

By Tom Gillem

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (GBOD)—The Rev. Dr. Ken Sloane will begin work Oct. 1 as Director of Stewardship at the General Board of Discipleship (GBOD), where he will help congregations determine effective ways of giving, as well as embracing stewardship of all areas of life within a discipleship system.
He succeeds the Rev. Dr. Betsy Schwarzentraub of the California-Nevada Annual Conference.
"The stewardship position is a very important one, not just for GBOD but for the denomination," said Karen Greenwaldt, General Secretary (top executive) at GBOD. "Fostering a climate of generosity – through the seminars we lead, the articles we write, and the resources we provide – supports one of the essential ministry areas for vitality in congregations."
The Rev. MaryJane Pierce Norton, GBOD's Associate General Secretary for Leadership Ministries, said as Director of Stewardship, Sloane will be working with established networks, researching and identifying congregations and leaders who are fostering generosity, as well as producing resources and training for more effective stewardship in the digital age.
Sloane has served as Director of Communication Ministry at United Methodist Communications since 2006, working with the denomination's ReThink Church campaign, online and face-to-face communications training, and Denominational Giving. He has spent much of his time on the road during these past six years talking with congregations about connectional giving – churches working together to do what no one church could do alone.
In March 2011 he conducted a series of those workshops in the California-Nevada Annual Conference.
Sloane is a member of the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference, where until 2006 he served as Director of Connectional Ministries. He previously was pastor at three congregations, including a new church start, for a total of 20 years. Sloane received a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and theater from Hofstra University, and both his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Drew University.