GBOD's New Church Starts Leader Appointed to Lead Colorado Congregation

May 17, 2012

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Gary A. Shockley, executive officer of the General Board of Discipleship's (GBOD) New Church Starts (Path 1), has been appointed senior pastor at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.

Bishop Elaine J.W. Stanovsky of the Denver Episcopal Area (and resident bishop of the Rocky Mountain Annual Conference) made the appointment, which will be effective Oct. 15.
Under Shockley's leadership, New Church Starts (Path 1) has assisted episcopal and Conference leaders in planting more than 600 new churches in the United States so far during the current quadrennium. This figure is on pace to surpass the goal of 650 new church starts set during the 2008 General Conference. In addition, more than 3,000 prospective church planters have been assessed through Path 1's online assessment tools, along with assessment processes in jurisdictions and Annual Conferences, and 900 potential planters have been equipped through local, national, and regional training events.
"I have been blessed to direct an outstanding multi-cultural Path 1 team at GBOD, and our success is the result of their dedication and hard work," Shockley said.
Karen Greenwaldt, General Secretary (top executive) at GBOD, praised Shockley's leadership and success in helping The United Methodist Church reach its goal of starting new churches.
"Our denomination, and the many people who will become disciples of Jesus Christ as a result of those new congregations, will be forever grateful for the work of Gary and his creative vision of church planting," Greenwaldt said.
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