GCFA Organizes New Board

Date Posted: 8/7/2012

The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) Board of Directors convened its first meeting since it was voted on and approved by the General Conference.  The General Conference was presented with and approved a plan to reduce the board of directors from a 40-member board to a 21-member board.  The organizing meeting held in Nashville on July 11-12 installed the new members.  Bishop Joseph Pennel presided over the organization and installation process.


The 21-member board elected Bishop Michael Coyner, who heads the Indiana Episcopal area, as the chair.  Bishop Coyner is entering his second 4-year term as a council member.  In addition to Bishop Coyner, Bishop Robert Hayes (Oklahoma Annual Conference) is also a returning member of the council.  Jessica Vargo, East Ohio Treasurer, was elected vice-chair to the council and Jim Argue or the Arkansas Annual Conference was elected secretary.


The remaining members of the council are: James Argue - Arkansas; John Bishop - Greater New Jersey; Per Endre Bjørnevik - Norway; K. Elizabeth Bush - South Georgia; Ryan Davis - Illinois Great Rivers; Christine Dodson - North Carolina; Rev. Steven Doyle Wood - North Georgia; Dr. Stephen Hundley - Virginia; Rose Beverly Jerusalem - Northeast Philippines; Charles Moore - Baltimore-Washington; Joseph Tunda Museu - West Congo; Rev. Sharon Ragland - Desert Southwest;  Zachary Riddle - North Alabama; Delmar Robinson - Mississippi; Rev. Jodi Smith - North Texas; Rev. Dr. Elijah Stansell - Texas; Jessica Vargo - East Ohio; Dr. Mary White - Eastern Pennsylvania; and Valarie Willis - West Ohio.


With a reduced number of members on the board of directors, the committees organized to conduct the business of the council was also reduced.  The previous board had 16 committees.  The new structure has five committees: General Agency  and Episcopal Matters; Connectional Outreach; Fiduciary, Corporate and Foundation; Audit and Review; and Legal and Corporate Governance.  A new Coordinating Committee will function similar to the former Executive Committee.


Bishop Coyner states "I look forward to this quadrennium with GCFA as we deal with our reduced structure, the opportunity to work collaboratively with the other agencies, and the possibilities of helping to lead our United Methodist Church increased stewardship, faithfulness, and fruitfulness.  GCFA is moving forward with a renewed sense of being a servant of the church and we keep that vision before us."


The council will work with BoardSource, a nonprofit leader in organizational development.  BoardSource will work with the staff and board members to increase their effectiveness and magnify the impact of the mission of GCFA and The United  Methodist Church.


The full board will meet in November, 2012 to continue its work, continue organizing into the new structure, and begin its work in earnest to set the direction and policy for GCFA.  


The General Council on Finance and Administration coordinates and administers finances and safeguards the legal interests and rights of The United Methodist Church. Learn more at www.gcfa.org