New Executive Director Announced of Mission Vitality Center

Bishop Huie Announces Intention to Appoint New Executive Director of Mission Vitality Center

Interim Bishop of Record Janice Riggle Huie has announced her intention to appoint Rev. Laura Merrill as the Executive Director of the Rio Texas Mission Vitality Center, effective September 1. The appointment comes after the election of Bishop Ruben Saenz, Jr. to the episcopacy by the South Central Jurisdiction. Bishop Saenz will begin serving as bishop in the Great Plains Annual Conference beginning September 1.

Rev. Laura Merrill is beginning her seventh year as superintendent of El Valle District of the Rio Texas Conference.  She is a graduate of Southwestern University and Candler School of Theology at Emory University and currently serves as a member of the Southwestern University Board of Trustees.  As a young adult, Laura served as a missionary in Chile and with the Desert Southwest Conference Border Ministry in Tucson, Arizona.  Her prior local church appointments were in Victoria, Los Fresnos and Wimberley.

Laura is a member of the South Central Jurisdictional Committee on Episcopacy and the Commission on General Conference.  She serves on the board of directors at Texas Methodist Foundation and as a trustee at Southwestern.  She has been actively involved in the unification of the Rio Texas Conference.  Most importantly: she is mother to Joe, a sophomore at Boston University; and Caroline, who will begin high school next month.

Nueva Directora del Centro de Vitalidad Misionera a sido nombrada.
 
La Obispa Interina de la Conferencia Río Texas ha anunciado su intención de nombrar a la Reverenda Laura Merrill como Directora Ejecutiva del Centro de Vitalidad Misionera de la Conferencia Río Texas. El nombramiento será efectivo el 1 de septiembre del 2016. Este nombramiento se produce debido a la elección al episcopado del ahora Obispo Rubén Sáenz, Jr. El Obispo Sáenz iniciará su servicio como obispo en la Conferencia Great Plains el 1 de septiembre del 2016.
 
La Reverenda Laura Merrill estaba iniciando su séptimo año como Superintendente del Distrito del Valle en la Conferencia Río Texas. Ella se graduó de la Universidad Southwestern y la Escuela de Teología Candler en la Universidad Emory. Ella sirvió a la Iglesia Metodista Unida como misionera en Chile y la Conferencia Desert Southwest, en Tucson, Arizona. Sus nombramientos anteriores fueron en Victoria, Los Fresnos y Wimberley.
 
Laura es miembro del Comité Episcopal Jurisdiccional de la Conferencia Jurisdiccional Sur Central y la Comisión de la Conferencia General. Ella es miembro de la Junta de Directores de la Fundación Metodista de Texas, miembro de la Junta de Directores de la Universidad Southwestern. Ella formó parte de los trabajos que nos llevaron a la unificación de la Conferencia Río Texas. Mucho mas importante, es el hecho de que ella es la mamá de Joe, quien es iniciará su segundo año en la Universidad de Boston, y Caroline, quien empieza la Preparatoria (High School) este otoño.
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