Schlager Receives Francis Asbury Award
This year's Francis Asbury Award was presented to the Rev. Jane Schlager. The award is sponsored by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry and recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to fostering the church's ministries in higher education at the local, district, or annual conference level of the church. The award is named for Bishop Asbury because of his advocacy for the church in education.
Schlager has been involved with campus ministry for almost two decades. She serves on the local board of the Ecumenical House where she has supported the vision and planning of campus ministry at San Francisco State University, serving on the search committee for campus pastors, and partnering with campus pastors to provide an environment for students to explore their identity and faith. As a District Superintendent, she was invaluable in bridging the relationship between the local church and the Conference, defining and explaining the needs and expectations of both sides.
Later, she served as a member and eventually the chair of the annual conference's Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry. In this capacity, she coordinated campus ministries on campuses around the Conference through grants, providing resources, and mentorship for campus pastors, and providing a voice for local campus ministries to the Conference.
Schlager has served as pastor of Almaden Hills UMC since July 1, 2009. She was previously District Superintendent of the Golden Gate District, and has over 30 years of experience in the California-Nevada Conference. She grew up and was educated in the Bay Area, graduating from the Pacific School of Religion (PSR) in 1978. She is married to the Reverend P. David Schlager, pastor of Sunnyvale First UMC.
Schlager will retire on July 1 of this year.