Rev. Shannon Conklin-Miller named Assistant General Secretary for Clergy Formation

shannonconklinmiller*by Tyrus Sturgis

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) has selected Rev. Shannon Conklin-Miller as assistant general secretary for clergy formation in the Division of Ordained Ministry. Conklin-Miller currently serves as the director of United Methodist Programs at Duke Divinity School. She will join the agency in late October.

As assistant general secretary for clergy formation, Conklin-Miller will provide administration for the programs of the Division of Ordained Ministry and will share supervisory responsibility with Associate General Secretary the Rev. Myron Wingfield.

She will manage the ongoing development of the Course of Study (COS) program in cooperation with the COS directors and the Division of Ordained Ministry; review the United Methodist Studies program and support and train teachers to maintain the quality of United Methodist Studies programs in non-United Methodist seminaries; consult with the Council of Bishops, Order of Elders, and Boards of Ordained Ministry to help interpret the need for an educated clergy; facilitate disciplinary process questions and aid in the development of the Order of Elders; and participate in ecumenical dialogues on clergy recruitment and retention to learn from others and to share common concerns.

Conklin-Miller is an ordained elder in the California-Pacific Conference with two decades of ministry experience as an associate pastor, co-pastor, lead pastor, and as a hospice chaplain. Her ministry has taken her to Chicago, California, and North Carolina. She received her master of divinity degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. She has a particular interest in encouraging people to fulfill their unique call to ministry and supporting the continued formation of those who serve.

Conklin-Miller and her husband Jeff, a faculty member at Duke Divinity School, have two children, Emma and Ethan.

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