|Bishop Martínez becomes interim mission leader|
Joel N. Martínez (left foreground) visits the Rumah Sakit Methodist
Hospital in Medan, Indonesia, a few weeks after the Dec. 26, 2004,
tsunami. Martínez has been named interim top executive of the Board of
A UMNS file photo by Mike DuBose.
By Elliott Wright*
Sept. 4, 2009 | NEW YORK (UMNS)
Bishop Joel N. Martínez will serve as interim general secretary
of the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries while a
search is conducted for a new chief executive.
The retired bishop was president of Global Ministries' board of
directors for two four-year terms, concluding last October. He is
stepping into a position left vacant by the resignation for health
reasons of the Rev. Edward W. Paup, who held the position for one year.
Martínez' appointment, effective immediately, was announced by
Bishop Bruce Ough of West Ohio, board president, with the approval of
the agency's executive and personnel committees.
Bishop Joel N. Martínez
“We are fortunate that Bishop Martínez is available to provide
leadership in this time of unfortunate transition,” Ough said. “He is
well versed in the goals and culture of the General Board of Global
Ministries. He has a deep commitment to mission and is familiar with
the operations of the agency.”
Martínez said he is committed to the agency’s collaborative work
with the Council of Bishops, other general agencies, annual conferences
and United Methodist congregations in “making disciples for Jesus
Christ for the transformation of the world.”
“As I undertake the responsibilities of interim general secretary of
Global Ministries, I covet the prayers of the church for our board of
directors, staff, missionaries, mission partners, and myself as we
serve all of God's children throughout the world,” he said.
Experience with agency
Bishop Martínez was the leader of the denomination’s San Antonio Area when he retired from the active episcopacy a year ago.
He is a native of Seguin, Texas, and received a bachelor of arts
degree from the University of Texas at El Paso in 1961 and a master of
divinity from Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist
University, Dallas, in 1965. He was ordained an elder and became a
member of the Rio Grande Annual Conference in 1965.
Before his election to the episcopacy in 1992, Martínez was pastor,
district superintendent, and a staff member of the Board of Global
Ministries from 1975 to 1981. He has been active in justice ministries,
and he is a co-author with his wife, Raquel, of “Fiesta Cristiana,” a
multilingual collection of liturgical resources.
Search under way
A search process for a successor to Paup is in progress, Ough said.
He indicated that the personnel committee expects to have a new chief
executive by early 2010.
Paup, who had been on medical leave since Aug. 10, resigned
effective Sept. 1. Announcing the resignation, Ough said that medical
examinations indicated the presence of a brain tumor, and he asked the
agency staff and church at large to join in praying for Paup.
*Wright is the information officer of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries.
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