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Lois Dauway to Lead Process of Unifying Program Units at Mission Agency

New York, NY, May 28, 2009--A seasoned church leader is being tapped to lead the process that will unify five program units of the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries into a single mission operation.

Lois M. Dauway will serve as interim deputy general secretary to organize and shape a new Mission Programs Area of the international mission agency. She is currently an associate to the deputy general secretary of the Women's Division and earlier was the interim head of that division, the corporate entity of United Methodist Women.

"Ms. Dauway has the experience, the capacity, and the vision to accomplish this compelling task," said the Rev. Edward W. Paup, the general secretary of Global Ministries, who asked her to take the interim position. "She knows and loves the church and the entire field of mission, and she follows John Wesley's admonition to 'stay in love with God.'"

The unification of five units is proposed in an "operational audit" of the mission board conducted by an outside firm and affirmed in its basic outline by directors of Global Ministries at the end of April. Ms. Dauway's appointment is effective July 1.

"I can give personal testimony to Lois Dauway's ability to lead through change, to form collaborative relationships, and to be part of envisioning a new future," said Harriett Jane Olson, deputy general secretary of Women's Division. "While we will miss her wisdom around the cabinet table at Women's Division, I know that she will make a significant contribution to the future of Global Ministries in this new role."

As interim deputy general secretary for Mission Programs, Dauway will lead a team that will give shape to the unified unit and help to define the talents and expertise required in a permanent deputy.

The five units being brought together are, in alphabetical order:

  • Community and Institutional Ministries
  • Evangelization and Church Growth
  • Mission Contexts and Relationships
  • Mission Personnel
  • Mission Volunteers.

Under the new proposed structure, the mission board will have five major areas:

  • Mission Programs
  • Communications and Development
  • Finance and Administration
  • United Methodist Committee on Relief

Women's Division.

"Lois Dauway has given distinguished service to The United Methodist Church, the General Board of Global Ministries, Women's Division, and the ecumenical community," Rev. Paup said. "She has a heart for mission in its multiple forms and a keen sense of how structures support the goals of mission."

Ms. Dauway has traveled in more than 100 countries and is a member of the policy-making Central Committee of the World Council of Churches. Prior to serving as interim deputy general secretary of Women's Division, she headed that unit's Section on Christian Social Responsibility for 11 years.

Ms. Dauway previously worked for the National Council of Churches. She has a strong commitment to racial and gender inclusiveness in the church and a particular interest in international affairs.

Date posted: May 28, 2009

Last Updated: 02/04/2013

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