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New Treasurer Begins with Women’s Division

by Kelly C. Martini

 

Andrea Bryant Hatcher, Women's Division Treasurer
Andrea Bryant Hatcher, Women's Division Treasurer
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On September 19, Andréa Bryant Hatcher will become treasurer of the United Methodist Women’s Division, the administrative arm of one-million member United Methodist Women.

Ms. Bryant Hatcher, as chief financial officer and national treasurer of the organization, will be responsible for financial disclosure of funding, for overseeing appropriations of mission funds, and for investments that consider social responsibility. 

Ms. Bryant Hatcher, of Philadelphia, Penn., a long-time member of United Methodist Women, brings to the Division more than 25 years of marketing and technology experience in financial services, and an MBA in General Management and Marketing from Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.  In assuming the treasurer’s position, she leaves her personal consulting business and prior to that, State Street Bank and Trust Company in Boston, Mass., where she was senior vice president of Global Cash Management.

Ms. Bryant Hatcher’s non-profit service includes president of the American Red Cross of Greater St. Louis, Mo., the United Way of Greater St. Louis, Mo., and the Ethel Hedgeman Lyle Academy and Kingdom House of St. Louis, Mo.

As a member of Janes Memorial United Methodist Church in Philadelphia, Penn., her involvement in the church extends from local to national.  Other volunteer work includes serving on the boards of directors of the United Methodist Development Fund and the General Board of Church and Society, on the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference Council of Finance and Administration, as a lay speaker in her local church, and as a resource team member for the Women’s Division “Rekindle the Gift” initiative.  She also held leadership positions in New York Conference, Missouri East Conference, and New England Conference while living in those areas.

For Ms. Bryant Hatcher, many people have yet to hear or experience the love of God, as shown through Jesus Christ, and this undergirds her understanding of mission.

“Bringing souls to Christ entails not only sharing the gospel, but ensuring that all children of God – all people – enjoy the justice and peace provided them through God’s grace,” Ms. Bryant Hatcher said, when applying for the position.  “So, in practice we must work, for example, to ensure that no one is hungry, homeless, uneducated or without adequate medical care.”

Ms. Bryant Hatcher believes that people who have not eaten in several days are more likely to be concerned with current realities than their eternal souls.  Eliminating these obstacles is part of mission.

“Efforts to dismantle the systems and structures that keep all from achieving the salvation for which Christ died are foundational,” she said.

Ms. Bryant Hatcher says that to realize this goal requires continued reinforcement, study and reflection. “The stated Purpose of United Methodist Women serves to embolden and provide structure and models as we strive to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.”

United Methodist Women is a one-million member organization whose purpose is to foster spiritual growth, develop leaders and advocate for justice.  Members raise some $25 million a year for programs and projects related to women, children and youth in the United States and more than 100 countries around the world.

 


Date posted: Sep 23, 2005