GBHEM Nominates Texan as General Secretary

Date Posted: 1/31/2011

The Rev. Dr. Kim Cape, executive director of New Church Growth and Transformation for the Southwest Texas Annual Conference, has been selected by the search committee as the nominee for the General Secretary position of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, Bishop Marcus Matthews announced Thursday.

The Search Committee has spent hours in discussion, discernment, reflection, and prayer after reviewing and vetting candidates for this position. The Committee supports her nomination and believes she has the vision, experience, gifts, and graces to lead GBHEM into the future,” said Matthews, who is president of GBHEM’s Board of Directors.

Matthews, who said he made the announcement with “great pleasure,” added that Cape has demonstrated leadership in The United Methodist Church at the local church, annual conference, and general church levels. Cape will be presented to the full board of GBHEM for election at their March 17-19 meeting in Nashville.

She is clear in being called to lead the GBHEM in developing leaders. She is well prepared based on her education and background to lead our Board in a collaborative style with other boards and agencies of the church. As president, I look forward to sharing the journey with her,” Matthews said.

Cape has a Master of Divinity degree and a Doctor of Ministry degree with Leadership Focus from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. As executive director of New Church Growth and Transformation for the Southwest Texas Annual Conference, she has worked to help recruit and train new church pastors.

Her previous experience includes serving as the district superintendent in both Austin and McAllen, Tex., and working for the General Board of Discipleship on the Upper Room Development staff. She served the Texas Methodist Foundation and was senior pastor of four churches in Texas.

She has served on the conference Board of Ordained Ministry, taught the Perkins Course of Study, represented the Southwest Texas Conference on the Jurisdictional Episcopacy Committee, and served as an elected member of GBHEM. She was chosen to lead the Southwest Texas Conference delegation at General Conference in 2004 and 2008.

I am both excited and humbled to be nominated as General Secretary of GBHEM. The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry has a long and rich history and is charged with leadership development, through its work with ordained ministry and in partnership with UM-related institutions of higher education. I look forward to joining the Board, the staff, and GBHEM’s partners in this mission,” Cape said. “I am grateful to my bishop, Jim Dorff, and my colleagues in the Southwest Texas Conference for their support and encouragement to continue to be open to God’s call in my life.”

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