McMurry Alumna to Preach at Homecoming 2014 Chapel Service

  Gary Ellison
  Monday, October 6, 2014 10:12 AM
  Archives 2014 - 2015

Abilene, TX

McMurry University welcomes Rev. Karen Greenwaldt '73 as the distinguished preacher for the Homecoming 2014 chapel service at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, in the Garrison Campus Center Mabee Room.

Rev. Greenwaldt served as General Secretary (chief executive) of the General Board of Discipleship (GBOD) for the United Methodist Church from her election in 2001 through her retirement in December 2013.

GBOD is one of 13 councils, boards, and commissions that carry out the work of The United Methodist Church. As General Secretary, Greenwaldt served as chief executive officer of an organization tasked with providing training, support, and resources for clergy and laity leaders in the areas of spiritual growth and development, devotional literature, curriculum resources, Christian education, evangelism, worship, stewardship, and ministry of the laity in a global denomination numbering approximately 12 million members.

Rev. Greenwaldt first came to the General Board of Discipleship as an elected member of the GBOD’s Board of Directors from 1980–1981. She joined the GBOD staff in September 1981, serving as Director of Church Leader Development and Director of Education and Ministries with Young Adults and Single Adults, and later as Associate General Secretary, Administrator and Team Leader of the Discipleship Ministries Division. Before serving with GBOD, Rev. Greenwaldt was the Associate Council Director for the Central Texas Conference. She also served as an associate pastor and a hospital chaplain.

A clergy member of the Central Texas Annual (regional) Conference, Rev. Greenwaldt received her B.S. from McMurry University in 1973 and the Master of Theology degree from Perkins School of Theology at SMU in 1977.

She is author of Singles Care One for Another, For Everything There is a Season, and Organizing in the Small Membership Church, as well as numerous articles on the vision and mission of the church.

Rev. Greenwaldt is married to Russell Harris, a full-time studio potter. They are active members of their local United Methodist congregation.

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