|Church finance leader dismisses two executives|
By Marta W. Aldrich*
Sept. 23, 2008 | NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS)
Three weeks into his new job, the leader of the United Methodist agency
overseeing denominational finances has dismissed two top executives.
Moses Kumar announced to staff on Sept. 23 that Marsha Base and the Rev.
Terry Bradfield are no longer with the General Council on Finance and
Bradfield had been deputy executive for operations, and Base was
associate executive over organizational development. Both had been part
of a three-person interim leadership team that oversaw the council's
daily operations for almost a year after Sandra Lackore announced her
early retirement in 2007.
"We wish Marsha and Terry well in their endeavors as they pursue their
personal ministries," Kumar said in a brief news release from the
The news release said the roles filled by Bradfield and Base, "while
pivotal and which brought a tone of transparency and cooperation to the
agency during their terms, will be assumed by General Secretary Moses
Kumar for the current timeframe."
Contacted by United Methodist News Service, both Bradfield and Base declined to comment.
Both joined the council in 2005 and were informed of their dismissals on
Sept. 22. They had served on the interim leadership team with John
Goolsbey, deputy executive for administration. Goolsbey remains in his
Bishop Lindsey Davis, the council's new president, referred all
questions about the personnel changes to Kumar. Staff members said Kumar
was unavailable for an interview on Sept. 23.
Kumar was elected in July to replace Lackore after a five-month search.
With more than 32 years of ministry experience, he was most recently
treasurer and executive director of administrative ministries for the
church's Eastern Pennsylvania Annual (regional) Conference.
As the council's chief executive and treasurer, Kumar leads the agency
in developing and implementing the finances of the 11.5 million-member
worldwide denomination, as well as safeguarding the legal rights and
interests of The United Methodist Church.
*Aldrich is news editor of United Methodist News Service.
News media contact: Marta Aldrich, Nashville, Tenn., (615) 742-5470 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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