GBHEM Appoints Director of Young Adult Ministry Discernment and Enlistment


Daniel J. “DJ” del Rosario has been named director of Young Adult Ministry Discernment and Enlistment in the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry’s Division of Ordained Ministry.

He accepted the position with the approval of the appointment by Bishop Grant Hagiya, Pacific Northwest Annual Conference, and will begin work on July 5.

Rosario, who currently serves as pastor of Lynden United Methodist Church in Lynden, Wash., will provide leadership in developing of networks, programs, and resources for clergy vocational discernment, enlistment, and leadership formation of young adults in The United Methodist Church. He will direct the national Exploration event, a discernment opportunity young adults considering ordained ministry in the UMC, and will work with the Young Adult Seminarians Network.

He will serve as coordinator of a cross-functional staff team that centralizes the work of all GBHEM staff who relate to ministries with young adults. He will also serve as staff liaison to the Association of United Methodist Theological Schools admissions staff, the Fund for Theological Education, and other groups that support the clergy vocational discernment and formation of youth and young adults.

Rosario was already a member of the design team that is planning the 2011 Exploration event in St. Louis, Mo., Nov. 11-13. He is a member of the Strategic Recruitment Panel, a bishop’s task force for recruiting young clergy, and a board member of the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women. He also served on the Annual Recruiters Workshop Planning Team and has been a member and young adult representative for the Connectional Table. An elder in full connection in the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference, he received his Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington.

He will report to the Rev. Rena Yocom, assistant general secretary for Clergy Formation and Theological Education in DOM.