NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Karen Greenwaldt, General Secretary of the General Board of Discipleship (GBOD), will remain in her position for an additional year to help provide stability and consistent strong leadership during the period immediately following the 2012 General Conference.
The 2008 Book of Discipline says elected general program agency staff may hold the same position for only 12 years, and Greenwaldt is serving in her 12th year as general secretary. However, the GBOD Board voted overwhelmingly to utilize a provision in the Book of Discipline (¶ 714.1) that allows extension of service on an annual basis.
"We believe it is best for GBOD that Karen continue to lead during this period following the 2012 General Conference, to work with current and future staff and to help develop a new Board," said Bishop Charlene Kammerer, GBOD Board President. "As a board we are excited to have Karen continue her strong leadership during this important time in the life of our Church."
Greenwaldt, who is a clergy member of the Central Texas Conference, said she is honored to accept the one-year extension of her tenure.
"I am delighted to continue to serve in the ministries of the General Church and appreciate greatly the trust that GBOD's Board of Directors continue to place in my leadership and commitment to the ministries of this organization," Greenwaldt said.
Greenwaldt became general secretary of GBOD on Jan. 1, 2001, previously having served as associate general secretary, administrator, and team leader of the Discipleship Ministries Unit of GBOD.
GBOD's mission is to support Annual Conference and local church leaders for their task of equipping world-changing disciples. An agency of The United Methodist Church, GBOD is located at 1908 Grand Ave. in Nashville, Tennessee. Visit www.gbod.org for more information.