2015 Annual Conference Speaker
Rev. Dr. Jim Ozier
Rev. Dr. Jim Ozier is the Director of New Church Development and Congregational Transformation for the North Texas Conference. He is responsible for starting new churches in the fast-growing Metroplex area and throughout North Texas.
For nearly 18 years, prior to his current assignment, Ozier was senior pastor of the 4,000-member Trietsch Memorial UMC in Flower Mound. Although United Methodism has been in decline, Trietsch more than tripled in size, attendance, and stewardship under his leadership. In addition to planting a church in Corinth, Texas, more than 1,500 worshippers attend one of Trietsch’s weekend worship services in a 1,400-seat sanctuary that features state-of-the-art technology, powerful interviews, and a choice of worship styles ranging from traditional to contemporary.
Ozier began his ministry working for noted missionary E. Stanley Jones, and he served his first church while still in high school in Illinois. He has also served in the inner-city of Dallas, helping to build one of the most respected and successful inner-city mission ministries in the country, serving Laotian, Cambodian, and Vietnamese refugees.
An established motivational speaker, Ozier has made presentations to religious groups, civic organizations, and corporations. He has conducted numerous seminars on culture and hospitality for hundreds of pastors, churches, districts, and annual conferences using techniques and ideas learned from his experiences with Southwest Airlines.
Ozier earned his Master’s and Doctoral degrees from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where he received the coveted “Mustang Award” for leadership.
He and wife Suzanne are parents of four adult children.