GCFA announces new leadership team

GCFA_550NASHVILLE, Tenn — The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) has announced the makeup of of their new leadership team for the coming year. Last year, GCFA offered a Volunteer Separation Package to many of the long-time staff, and several senior members of the staff chose to retire. In the wake of those retirements, GCFA has been engaged in both hiring new team members and promoting existing staff to form a new leadership team.

New Hires

Recently added to the leadership team at GCFA are Bari Watson as Chief Officer of Episcopal Services and Operations  who began her work in November; Richard (Rick) King as chief Financial Officer and joined the staff in December; and Denicia Roberts, who was hired as the  Executive Director of Human Relations (HR) and began
her work last July.

Watson will provide oversight to the Episcopal Services, Communications, Sponsorship, Travel & Meeting Planning and Shared Services areas of GCFA. She has an extensive background in marketing and communications and has been instrumental in guiding religious and nonprofit organizations through strategic change management and development of shared services. Bari holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and a Master’s Degree in
Advertising and Public Relations from the University of Alabama.

Rick King’s hiring is the result of an intensive search for someone with his financial background. He is a CPA and holds the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degrees from Middle Tennessee State University. His business expertise includes work as a Controller, VP-Finance and CFO
in varied corporate environments. He has international business experience and has been instrumental in guiding organizations to effective customer relations management and strategic growth initiatives.

Denicia Roberts brings over 20 years’ experience as an HR professional working both in the United States and internationally. Denicia holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications. Certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR),  her HR experience includes work at Hartmann where she was instrumental in mentoring and motivating high-performance teams, instituting efficiency improvement processes, developing
successful incentive and recognition programs, and improving customer service initiatives. Roberts holds a patent on a product design for Hartmann while performing a dual role there as Director of Product Development. Her portfolio at GCFA includes managing the Building Services division at GCFA.


Michael Cook has been promoted to Chief Information Officer (CIO). He joined GCFA in 2011. In his role, Cook will oversee the Information Services Department at GCFA and will work throughout the United Methodist connection in Shared Services offered by GCFA IT. Cook has over 25 years of experience working in the information technology field. Prior to joining GCFA, Cook was partner/owner of a technology consulting firm in
Nashville and served as Regional Director for 10 years servicing all of Tennessee.

Existing Staff

Scott Brewer will continue to serve as Associate General and assume some additional responsibilities. With the departure of John Goolsbey (who served faithfully for 15 years with the agency), Brewer adds the Book of Discipline interpretation to his portfolio. Scott brings 11 years of experience of his own to the work he is assuming and continuing with GCFA. Questions requiring interpretation of the Discipline or denominational policy that
were previously directed to John can now be directed to Scott. Scott also oversees the work of the Data Services Department and its Disciplinary responsibilities for data collection and statistical analysis and distribution.

Rick Rettberg, General Counsel for GCFA, is also a member of the Leadership Team. In his role, Rick manages the legal team that, among other duties, resources the Church in legal matters, provides guidelines on the use of the Cross and Flame, and provides training in legal forums.

Moses Kumar, General Secretary and Treasurer said “We are excited that the leadership team of GCFA is focused on assisting all our staff on achieving our goals of shared services, excellent customer experiences and improving connectional giving. The selection of our leadership team will provide the expertise and direction needed to
achieve those goals.”

UMReporter Staff

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