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Fort Worth, TX, April 27, 2008--Each of four newly elected members of The United Methodist Church's University Senate has close ties to the General Board of Global Ministries, the international mission agency of the denomination.

Dr. Maxie Dunnam serves on Global Ministries' board of directors. Dr. Charlene Black is director of Global Ministries' Women's Division. Dr. David L. Beckley is president of Rust College, Holley Springs, Mississippi, a national mission institution related to the mission board. Dr. Maxine Clarke Beach is dean of Drew Theological School, Madison, New Jersey, which is a partner with Global Ministries in Communities of Shalom, a church-based ministry of community development and reconciliation.

The University Senate is a 25-member panel charged with determining which schools, colleges, universities, and theological seminaries meet the criteria to be educational institutions affiliated with the denomination. Members are elected by the United Methodist General Conference, which meets every four years to conduct the church's business.

"We congratulate and will pray for our colleagues who are assuming new and important responsibilities in the church," said the Rev. Jorge Domingues, who is in charge of the mission education unit of the General Board of Global Ministries. "The selection of these capable persons shows the close relationship between mission and education."

Dr. Dunnam is retired president of Asbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky; Dr. Black is retired president of Georgia Southern University.

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Topic: Education United Methodist Church
Geographic Region: World
Source: GBGM Press Releases
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Date posted: Apr 29, 2008