TMF Names Bishop Janice Riggle Huie to Expand Leadership Ministry Beginning January 2017

11/23/2015

The Texas Methodist Foundation (TMF) today announced that it will expand its Leadership Ministry for clergy and laity, beginning in January 2017, through the addition of Bishop Janice Riggle Huie. TMF President Tom Locke announced that Bishop Huie will join the staff of TMF at the conclusion of her tenure as Bishop of the Texas Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, where she has served since 2004.

“Bishop Huie brings an extraordinary array of strengths to this new position at TMF,” said TMF President Tom Locke. “In her many roles – as a preacher, leader, administrator and teacher – Janice has earned the respect of peers and congregants across the United States. Her wisdom and courage are widely appreciated by colleagues throughout The United Methodist Church.”

As a board member and a former chair of TMF Board of Directors, Bishop Huie has played a vital role in TMF’s strategic direction for more than 20 years. In that time, TMF has expanded its capabilities beyond financial services, becoming a trusted partner to help congregations discern God’s purpose for them and steward their resources toward accomplishing that purpose.

Joining the staff at TMF is well-timed, Locke observed. “TMF has begun focusing its attention on encouraging leaders to think expansively and act courageously both to improve existing congregations and create new communities of faith. These new communities will bring a relationship with Christ to those not currently affiliated with existing congregational life.  Janice’s experience and knowledge are well-suited to the duality of this opportunity.”
“TMF, and its creative and dedicated staff, has led the way in engaging clergy and laity to prepare for a new day in mission. It is the UMC’s most significant organization that supports and encourages entrepreneurial leadership in our churches and communities of faith,” Huie said.

“As God is calling and equipping a new generation of pastors to lead the church into the future, I am privileged to spend this next season of my life at TMF, working with them collectively and individually,” she said.

Bishop Huie currently serves on the TMF board of directors. In connection with her Episcopal assignment, she also serves on the board of trustees of The Methodist Hospital, Southwestern University, and Wiley College. She served as president of the Council of Bishops from May 2006 - May 2008; president of the UMCOR Board of Directors in 2012; and president of the South Central Jurisdiction College of Bishops in 2013. She holds a bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas in Austin; a Master of Theology from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University; and her Doctor of Ministry from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, where she focused on homiletics and liturgy. 

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