Shockley to be Director of Congregational Development in WNC AC

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Western North Carolina Annual Conference announced today that the Rev. Gary Shockley will become the Congregational Development Team Leader effective January 1, 2014.

Shockley is best known for his work at the General Board of Discipleship as the Executive Director of Path 1, which provides resources related to new church starts. Shockley has been serving as the Sr. Pastor at St. Andrews UMC in Highland, CO since leaving Path 1 in 2011.

The full text of the announcement is included below:

November 25, 2013
Bishop Larry Goodpaster is pleased to announce the appointment of The Reverend Gary A. Shockley as the Congregational Development Team Leader for the WNCC. The appointment is effective January 1, 2014.  Shockley is an elder in the Florida Conference, who has extensive training and expertise in new church development and revitalization, fund-raising, strategic planning, team building, and conflict resolution.

Shockley received his B.S. in Psychology and Religion from Messiah College in Grantham, PA, his M.Div. from Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio, and a Master’s Degree in Spiritual Formation and Counseling from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.

Most recently, Shockley was appointed Senior Minister of St. Andrew UMC in Highlands Ranch, CO.  Previously, he served as Executive Director of Path 1, which is the New Church Starts division of the UM General Board of Discipleship; Associate and New Church Start Pastor for St. Luke’s UMC in Orlando, FL; Congregational Developer for Cornerstone UMC in Cranberry Township, PA; and Executive Fund-Raising Consultant for Resource Services, Inc. in Dallas, Texas.

Shockley is married to Kim, who is a ministry/leadership coach with Hopespring Creative Solutions.  She has rich experience as a teacher, facilitator, coach, and leader at both the local church and annual conference levels. The Shockleys have two grown sons.

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