Joining in the presentation was Roger Ireson, who started the International Studies program at Martin Methodist five years ago following a distinguished career as the United Methodist Church's general secretary for the Board of Higher Education and Ministry.Ireson and Barrett were classmates at Cambridge University in England some 40 years ago.
Presenting the medallions are Roger Ireson, director of Martin Methodist's International Studies Program, and MMC President Ted Brown.
Roger W. Ireson will teach at two United Methodist-related universities when he retires as general secretary of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry in June.
He will be the professor of philosophy and religion and special advisor to the president at Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, Tenn.; and visiting professor of religion and assistant to the president at Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vt.Ireson will teach at Martin Methodist during the fall term and at Green Mountain during the spring term.He will be working with the colleges to develop summer study programs abroad for students."I am delighted that Dr. Roger Ireson will be joining the Martin Methodist College family as a member of the faculty and as an advisor in the President's Office.Dr. Ireson has an astonishing record of accomplishment at the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry and his expertise and experience will be an enormous resource as we seek to realize this institution's unique potential for The United Methodist Church," said Ted Brown, president of Martin Methodist College.
"Green Mountain is delighted to welcome Dr. Ireson to our community.His extraordinary record as a leader in higher education and his experiences provide fresh directions for our work as a college of the church.Dr. Ireson is no stranger to Vermont or Green Mountain College.
Ireson will continue to serve as president of the International Association of Methodist-related schools, colleges, and universities (IAMSCU).
Roger Ireson, general secretary of the United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM), has announced that the Rev. Jimmy Carr, assistant general secretary of the Section of Deacons and Diaconal Ministries, Division of Ordained Ministry, will leave GBHEM to become executive director of the Southeastern Jurisdictional Administrative Council effective July 1.
Carr has served as a key executive leader of the division and GBHEM for six years.
"Jimmy has led the diaconal movement and the church in the establishment of the new Order of Deacon and has been an effective interpreter of its importance in the life of the church," Ireson said."He has helped to establish the ministry of the deacon in new settings, giving special leadership to the emergence of the order in Europe, Africa, and the Philippines.He has sought to undergird the education and formation of the new deacon with effective programs of preparation in United Methodist seminaries and has also developed new extension ministries of the deacon with service in the Caribbean, Kosovo, and Cuba to name a few examples.In many ways, Jimmy has exemplified in his person the vast dimensions and deep dedication of the ministry of the deacon in our church."In naming Joaquín García to the position, Ireson said, "Joaquín is well qualified to lead the section into the new century as we prepare a new generation of deacons for leadership in the church through theological education and spiritual formation along with supporting those persons in diaconal ministry in the church.
She has significant knowledge of the general church and its programs which is so crucial in the continued emergence of the deacon as a critical ministry of the church," said Roger W. Ireson, general secretary, GBHEM.
Keynote speaker Roger W. Ireson also emphasized the importance of building community and giving back after receiving an education.Ireson is the General Secretary of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church and an AU Board of Trustee.
Ireson, who has worked on projects all over the world bringing the church and higher education together, also encouraged students to make a difference through service."The world is hungry for expressions of community... the world is ready for you to help create a new kind of community," he said.Similar to Williams, Ireson emphasized that a single student can make a difference.
Ireson agreed that the focus of life was deeper than the surface."The center of life is not money, but you'll be tempted to think it is; the center of life is not fame, but you'll be attracted; the center of life is not power," he said."The center of life is rooted in something much deeper than that."When travelling around the world, many ask Ireson whether it is possible to have faith in the future of the world."I say yes, because I believe in you, I really do." E-mail Article Print Article
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