|Bruce Griffith Assumes Position in Mission Personnel Program Area|
New York, NY, February 4, 2009--The Rev. Bruce W. Griffith, Jr., a native of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and a missionary in Central Asia for more than a decade, has been named to a key post in the Mission Personnel Program Area of the General Board of Global Ministries, the international mission agency of The United Methodist Church.
The Rev. Bruce W. Griffith, Jr., is the new assistant general secretary, a job that involves extensive personal and professional contacts with missionaries around the world.
"We had numerous strong applicants for the position," said the Rev. Edith Gleaves, who heads the mission personnel unit as a deputy general secretary of the agency. "Bruce brought especially strong credentials through both his service in the field and his previous experience at Global Ministries offices."
Rev. Griffith and his wife, Kathy, served as missionaries in residence at Global Ministries in 2004-2006 and then returned to Asia. They rejoined the agency staff to undertake special projects in late 2008. Kathy Griffith, a nurse, now works with UMCOR Health, a part of the United Methodist Committee on Relief.
Bruce Griffith grew up in Johnstown and is a clergy member of the Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference. He holds a degree in education from the University of Pittsburgh and taught school for six years before enrolling in Gordon-Conwell
He was associate pastor of the Franklin Street United Methodist Church, Johnstown, from 1988 to 1994, when he became a missionary. He and Kathy met as missionaries and were married in 1999.
Rev. Griffith succeeds the Rev. Stephen Goldstein as assistant general secretary for mission personnel.
Date posted: Feb 06, 2009