|United Methodist finance leader plans to retire early|
By United Methodist News Service
Dec. 17, 2007 | NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS)
The chief executive of the finance agency for The United Methodist
Church will retire Dec. 31 instead of next June as earlier planned.
Sandra Lackore announced Dec. 14 that she will retire at the end of this year. A UMNS file photo by Mike DuBose.
Sandra K. Lackore, who is on leave to care for her husband as he battles
leukemia, has headed the General Council on Finance and Administration
"In the months that Cecil has been ill, it has become abundantly clear
to me that I must give my full attention to him," Lackore said in a Dec.
14 statement to her staff. She said her husband, the Rev. Cecil
Lackore, is responding to treatment, and she thanked her staff for the
time and space to care for him.
A search committee for her successor will begin its work early next
year, said Bishop Mary Ann Swenson, president of the council.
In the meantime, said Swenson, the Nashville-based agency will operate
under the leadership of its current team structure including the Rev.
Terry Bradfield, deputy executive for operations; John Goolsbey, deputy
executive for administration; and Marsha Base, associate executive for
The council coordinates and administers finances for the 13.5
million-member worldwide church and also safeguards the legal interests
and rights of the denomination.
Lackore, 63, announced in September she would retire next June 30 and
close out a tenure that includes consolidating the agency from three
geographically separate offices to one central location, establishing a
foundation to endow churchwide ministries and establishing a
denominational insurance company.
She had planned to return to work in January after taking a three-month family leave.
"I deeply appreciate the dedicated service Sandra has given to the
church," said Swenson. "She has led GCFA for the past 12 years, but the
church has benefited from her leadership for over 30 years."
Lackore was an administrator and treasurer for the New England Annual
Conference (formerly Southern New England) when the council's governing
board chose her as the first woman to head the agency.
Swenson said the council will celebrate Lackore's service when its board meets next March in Nashville.
News media contact: Marta Aldrich, Nashville, Tenn., (615) 742-5470 or email@example.com.
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