Rev. Dr. Jean G. Hawxhurst currently serves as The United Methodist Council of Bishops’ Ecumenical Staff Officer for Leadership Development. She holds a BA in mathematics and education from the University of Richmond, an MDiv from Lexington Theological Seminary, and a DMin in theology from Louisville Theological Seminary. She also holds a certificate of graduate studies from the Ecumenical Institute of Bossey. She was ordained an elder in the Kentucky Annual Conference in 1997. Since then she has served three local congregations, as a District Superintendent, and now as ecumenical staff for the bishops. She considers this current appointment a ministry and believes strongly the call for ecumenism among the churches today is critical to our witness on behalf of Christ.