Estelle Pruden to retire from bishop's office after 31 years of service

Estelle Pruden

Bishop Young Jin Cho announced that Estelle Pruden, bishop’s administrative assistant for the past 31 years, will retire as of March 1. Terri Biggins, who currently serves as administrative assistant for the conference Center for Justice and Missional Excellence, will fill the position.

“As all of us know, Estelle has made tremendous contributions to the ministry of the episcopal office during the past 31 years,” Bishop Cho said. “As the fifth bishop whom she has worked with, I cannot thank her enough for her exemplary faithfulness and dedication to this ministry.  Not only every bishop she served, but also all clergy and laity in the Virginia Conference will join me in expressing our appreciation to her. This will be a big loss to our conference.  May the Lord continue to bless her family and this new chapter of her journey.”

Bishop Cho formed an ad-hoc search committee to find Estelle’s replacement.

Terri Biggins

“We discerned that it would be better to find a successor among the staff persons in the conference center,” Bishop Cho said, “and we reached consensus that Terri Biggins would be the right person for this ministry. Terri accepted our offer and agreed to serve. I thank Terri for her willingness to accept this new responsibility. I know she will continue to maintain the excellence of ministry of my office.”

The Rev. Marc Brown, director of Connectional Ministries, announced that the position of administrative assistant for the Center for Justice and Missional Excellence will not be continued after March 1. Instead, he and Shirley Cauffman, Common Table Personnel Committee chair, met with Connectional Ministries directors and full-time Connectional Ministries administrative assistants to divide ministry responsibilities among current staff.

Effective March 1, Beverly Myers, administrative staff for the Connectional Ministries office, will provide administrative staff support for the Common Table (including Grants and Personnel); Conference Leadership Discovery and Development Team (CLDDT); Annual Conference/Annual Conference Planning (including Book of Reports, Journal, Minutes Committee and Rules Committee); All Things New-Equipping Vital Congregations work teams; Discipleship Circles; and Higher Education/Campus Ministry.

Becky Tate, who currently is administrative staff for Ministries with Young People, will provide administrative staff support for Conference Council on Youth Ministries; Young Adult Council; Children’s Ministries; All God’s Children Camp; part of Board of Global Ministries functions (including phone, membership and other responsibilities shared with Cindy Ingroff).

Cindy Ingroff, who currently is administrative staff for the office of Inclusivity and Lay Leadership Excellence, will provide administrative staff support for Board of Laity; Older Adult Ministries; Commission on Disabilities; Camp Rainbow Connection; and part of Board of Global Ministries functions (including finances, Disaster Response and other responsibilities shared with Becky Tate.)

Pat Hickman, who currently is administrative staff for the Center for Congregational Excellence, will provide administrative staff support for Church Development Team; Board of Discipleship; 5 Talent Academy; Board of Church & Society; Commission on Ethnic Minority Concerns and Advocacy (CEMCA); Commission on Status and Role of Women (COSROW); United Methodist Men; and United Methodist Women.




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