Bishop Tracy S. Malone intends to appoint the Rev. Beth Ortiz as director of Strategic Ministries effective July 1. The new position on the Conference Council on Ministries (CCOM) team will replace the director of Congregational Vitality when current director the Rev. Kelly Brown begins his new appointment as superintendent of the Three Rivers District.
“I am excited to have the opportunity to work with leaders, both clergy and lay, to help discover ways that our faith communities can embrace their calling and live it out more fully. Providing resources and assistance to help others see their visions become a reality is a passion of mine. I look forward to this amazing opportunity and can't wait to get started,” Ortiz said.
Following news in January of Brown’s pending new appointment, Director of Connectional Ministries the Rev. Steven Court hosted a series of conversations with clergy and lay leaders of the Conference that resulted in changing the title from director of Connectional Ministries to director of Strategic Ministries and rewriting the job description.
“The East Ohio Conference is deeply committed to the vitality and sustainability of our local churches and faith communities. We continue to strategically align our staff and resources with our EOC vision so that we increase our capacity to live into our mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world,” Malone said.
Bishop Tracy S. Malone, the Extended Cabinet, and East Ohio Conference laity and clergy are committed to stand against racism.
Read Bishop Malone’s message “Dismantling Racism … Where Do We Go from Here?” written following the conviction of ex-police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd.
Read the Board of Multicultural Vitality statement celebrating two momentous announcements that highlight the importance of standing against racism and promoting equality and opportunity for all.
Read the Board of Multicultural Vitality statement encouraging clergy and laity to prayerfully and consciously seek ways to respond to racism and violence against Asians and Asian Americans.
View the Stand Against Racism page on the Conference website to view and download:
Registration ends on May 14 for both Annual Conference 2021 and for Clergy Executive Session.
Members who miss the deadline will not be able to vote during AC 2021 or Clergy Executive Session. They can view the public livestream of AC but there will be no public livestream of Clergy Session.
YAC will be hosted on the interactive event platform Hop In from 1:00-3:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 12. The platform provides for live components, break out rooms, live chat, polls, prayer room, and so much more. Cost is just $20 per person.
Register by May 28 to get your Party Box in time for YAC. Party Boxes will include t-shirts, lanyards, and other items to enhance your virtual experience. These boxes will be delivered or shipped to your church.
EOC VISION: As our Episcopal leader, Bishop Tracy S. Malone holds out a vision and a hope that we will be bold, faithful and courageous in our Christian witness and will behold the power, the Holy Spirit’s power, that has been poured out upon us. View the bishop’s vision message.
AC 2021 & APPOINTMENTS: Annual Conference 2021 will be livestreamed June 16-19 from the John S. Knight Center in Akron. AC members will participate remotely and vote online. Registration opened on Monday, April 5 and closes on Friday, May 14. View the AC 2021 website.
CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19): Visit this resource for messages from Bishop Malone, links to livestreamed worship services, non-traditional worship ideas, and other tips we can incorporate in order to stay connected to and minister with church and community members during the coronavirus pandemic.
TEACH • REACH • BLESS: The $1.5 million campaign to build a new dorm for female students at Africa University reinforces our East Ohio Conference commitment to the education and wellness of women today for a better Africa tomorrow. Learn more about and support Teach • Reach • Bless.
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