Higher Education and Ministry to celebrate six milestones this year


This year, the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) will celebrate several milestones: the 250 year anniversary of Methodism in the Americas; the 200 year anniversary of the Course of Study; the 150 year anniversary of the Methodist Board of Education; the 60 year anniversary of full clergy rights for women; the 25 year anniversary of the International Association of Methodist Schools, Colleges, and Universities (IAMSCU); and the 20 year anniversary of the establishment of the United Methodist clergy deacon in full connection.  

Official recognition of these six milestones began during General Conference in Portland, Ore. with the premiere of a special anniversary video in the GBHEM booth. Video tributes continued throughout General Conference. Highlights of agency milestones were also featured in interactive displays and exhibits at Higher Education Night of General Conference on Monday, May 16 in the Portland Ballroom at the Oregon Convention Center.

Later this year, GBHEM will collectively recognize the agency’s leadership development legacy with a celebration at its office in Nashville, Tenn. In addition, an array of formal and informal celebratory events will be held to highlight the anniversaries throughout the year.

“As we celebrate these six milestones in 2016, we are inspired by the rich history and legacy of Methodism,” said Rev. Dr. Kim Cape, general secretary, GBHEM. “John Wesley’s belief that education is an essential aspect of salvation inspired early Methodists and continues to inspire us today. These anniversaries not only celebrate our history, but also motivate us to continue the Methodist movement, creating positive social change through education and spiritual care. We live out our Methodist DNA in recruiting, preparing, nurturing, educating and supporting leaders who serve the church and the world. We look forward to the next 150 years, and inspiring future generations of United Methodist leaders to follow their call.”

A comprehensive website has been created to preserve the history of Higher Education and Ministry. The site features documentary-style videos, historic images, and multimedia content that reflect the past, present and future impact of the agency’s work. View the website at www.gbhem150.org.