Rev. Amy Gearhart to be Senior Executive for Transition and Conference Culture for the Mountain Sky Area
Bishop Karen Oliveto intends to appoint the Rev. Amy Gearhart to serve as Senior Executive for Transition and Conference Culture for the Mountain Sky Area, effective May 15, 2018. The creation of this position was recommended by consultant John Wimberly to lead the Mountain Sky Area office and staff in transitional changes related to Mission Shaped Future.
Amy is an ordained elder from the Missouri Conference of The United Methodist Church and has served rural, urban, suburban and university congregations for 30 years in Illinois, North Carolina, and Missouri. Following her last parish ministry as senior pastor of Missouri’s flagship Missouri United Methodist Church on the campus of the University of Missouri, she pursued her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis and will complete her Ed.D dissertation, "The Adjunctification of Ministry: A case study on the teaching practices of local pastors."
"Amy possesses a deep love of the church and a great desire to help it be more effective in carrying out its mission. She brings the skill and knowledge we need to become a more nimble, responsive, creative and collaborative organization," said Bishop Karen Oliveto.
Amy’s primary responsibilities as Senior Executive for Transition and Conference Culture will include facilitating the systemic, cultural and technical changes needed to shape the Mountain Sky Area and serving as chief of staff of the conference office to align its work with the conference’s mission. She will report directly to the Bishop and serve as a member of the Cabinet for coordinating and creating missional alignment.
Amy’s personal mission is "to be a joyful disciple of Christ who equips all people and structure systems for generously and faithfully sharing the life-giving love and justice of Jesus Christ to the world."
Amy has been a leader in the general, jurisdictional, and conference life of The United Methodist Church as well as in her local churches and communities. She was a General and Jurisdictional Conference delegate in 2008 and 2012, a board member of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) from 2012 to 2016, and a member of the General Commission to Study Ministry from 2008 to 2016. In addition to serving many other committees and teams, she has been a member of the Saint Paul’s School of Theology Board of Trustees, a Course of Study faculty member, dean of the Missouri Area Minister’s School, and chair of the Missouri Conference Board of Ordained Ministry from 2002 to 2008 where she assisted in facilitating the merger of two conferences and boards into the Missouri Annual Conference.
Amy has two young adult, college-aged daughters, Hannah and Chloe. Her family loves to travel and explore new places together, having visited Colorado many times for family vacations. Amy will relocate to the Denver area and will be based in the Mountain Sky Episcopal Area Office in Greenwood Village, Colorado.