Rev. Steven Court, director of Connectional Ministries for the East Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church, announces the retirement of Dr. Gloria Brown, director of Racial-Ethnic Ministries, effective December 31, 2014.
“I am deeply thankful for Dr. Brown’s gifts as well as her commitment and passion for people in all walks of life,” Court said. “Dr. Brown has deepened our understanding of the value of diversity; the richness of the sermons and writing of Wesley; the gifts we receive when we engage in conversations, action and learning about poverty; and the depth of faith racial-ethnic ministries & congregations bring to our communities.”
Dr. Brown provides strategic leadership and programmatic support for racial-ethnic ministries including: the Commission on Religion and Race, the Hispanic Task Force, the Committee on Native American Ministry, Sermons of Wesley Project, Black Theologian Day, Bishops’ Retreat with black clergy and Bridges Out of Poverty. She is currently developing a partnership with Dr. Paul W. Chilcote and Ashland Theological Seminary for a study on the works of Wesley.
“My 9 years of work here have afforded numerous opportunities as well as challenges,” Dr. Brown wrote in her letter. “Upon retirement, I will devote more time to caring for my elderly mother and to the educational arena.”
Dr. Brown’s favorite scripture is Matthew 25:40,
“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me’” (NIV).