Kimberly Green Named EOC Lay Leader

Kimberly Green headshotBishop Tracy S. Malone has named Kimberly Green lay leader of the East Ohio Conference.  Effective July 1 she will succeed Greg Rentsch, who is stepping down after serving six years in the position.

“Kimberly brings a strong passion and personal faith commitment to Christian discipleship and mission,” Malone said.  “Her various leadership roles in the local church, and at the district- and Conference-levels demonstrate her ability to work and serve with lay and clergy to advance the Church’s mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”

Green is the lay leader at Celebration United Methodist Church (North Coast District) and a lay member to Annual Conference.  She also is co-chair of the North Coast District Strategy Committee, a member of both the North Coast District Leadership Development Committee and the North Coast District Strategic Funding Committee, and serves on the Conference Committee on Episcopacy.

“I am very excited and honored to serve in a greater capacity in The United Methodist Church,” Green said.  “It is prayer that gives me the ability to be a bold and courageous leader.  I am committed to do all that God has blessed me to do in making disciples for Jesus Christ.”

The director of Nursing Services at The MetroHealth System in Cleveland, Green is involved in several ministry initiatives that link her life’s work in healthcare with helping families and communities thrive.  She is passionate about serving and helping others outside the church walls.

Green earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The Ohio State University and a Master of Science in Nursing, with a concentration in Leadership and Management, from University of Phoenix.

She and her husband Anthony are the parents of two adult daughters.

Bishop Malone Shares East Ohio Conference Ministry Vision

By Rick Wolcott*

Bishop Tracy S. Malone began unveiling a ministry vision for the East Ohio Conference during her Annual Conference 2017 Episcopal Address.

“As your Episcopal Leader, I hold out a vision and a hope that you will be bold, faithful and courageous in your Christian witness and behold the power, the Holy Spirit’s power, that has been poured out upon you!” she said during her address.

The East Ohio Conference ministry vision is the result of the countless hours the bishop spent touring each district with its superintendent, meeting pastors, congregations, and faith communities.

“I saw places where ministry was strong, vibrant and viable, and places where there is new emerging ministries,” Malone said.  “I also saw places and communities where there are great needs and opportunities for us to expand our witness and reach.”

The ministry vision comes after  visiting and preaching in many EOC churches; following listening sessions with ministry candidates; having one-on-one conversations with laity and clergy; meeting with community leaders and partners; and seeing first-hand the needs and opportunities within the Ohio East Area.

“After much prayer and discernment, this is what God gave me as a vision,” Malone said.

The ministry vision has been shared with Conference directors, Conference Council on Ministries (CCOM) elected leadership, the Cabinet, the Extended Cabinet, and is now being shared with all East Ohio Conference laity, clergy and churches.

“While there is anxiety about the future of the Church and what might happen as a result of the Special Session of General Conference called for February 2019, the mission of the Church still stands,” Malone said.  “It is our shared mission and our vision that holds us together and keeps us focused on making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”

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*Rick Wolcott is director of Communications for the East Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church.

Rev. Bruce Hitchcock to lead Ohio Valley District

Rev. Bruce HitchcockBishop Tracy S. Malone has appointed the Rev. Bruce Hitchcock as superintendent of the Ohio Valley District.  He succeeds the Rev. Jim Winkler, who is appointed as lead pastor of Mayfield UMC (Western Reserve District).  Both appointments are effective July 1.

“Rev. Bruce Hitchcock is a visionary leader, a strategic thinker and one who brings many learnings and experiences from serving in a variety of ministry settings. He has a deep faith and has demonstrated throughout his ministry a strong commitment to discipleship, evangelism, and mission,” Malone said.

Hitchcock is pastor of Geneva United Methodist Church (Western Reserve District).  Prior to being appointed to the church in July 2011, he was executive director of the Urban Mission in Steubenville for nine years.

“I celebrate the opportunity to return to the Ohio Valley.  The pastors and congregations of the district are wonderful, and deeply committed to loving God and serving neighbor,” Hitchcock said.

Ordained a Deacon in 1987 and an Elder in 1989, Hitchcock has served churches across the State of Ohio during his ministry.  While earning a Bachelor’s degree from Malone College, he also was pastor of Pleasant Grove UMC in Carroll County.  He then served State Road UMC in Germantown in the West Ohio Conference while attending United Theological Seminary, where he earned his Masters of Divinity.

Upon graduation, Hitchcock served East Rochester-Bayard UMC (1989-1993), East Sparta UMC (1993-1996), and Huron UMC (1996-2002) before accepting the position at the Urban Mission.

Hitchcock is chair of the Western Reserve District Committee on Ordained Ministry, and is chair of the Conference Commission on Pastoral Care, a position that places him on the Conference Personnel Committee.

He and wife Melissa are the parents of two sons and a daughter.