Headquarters Office Staff
Bishop Ivan M. Abrahams
General SecretaryMethodist Church of Southern Africa
Ivan has served as a minister in the Methodist Church of Southern Africa (MSCA) since 1977. He holds the distinction of being the youngest Superintendent Minister and Bishop in the MCSA. He has served as chairperson of many civic and ecumenical organizations, amongst others, The South African Church Leaders Forum, Southern Africa – United States Centre for Leadership and Public Values, Civil Society Forum and South African National Religious Leaders Forum. He also served on the Executive Committees of The South African Council of Churches, The Namibian Council of Churches and the World Council of Churches.
From 2003-2012, Bishop Abrahams served as Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church of Southern. During his tenure he provided prophetic leadership which ushered in a new era of the church’s collaboration with national and international non-governmental agencies in the fight against HIV/AIDS and poverty. His capstone achievement was the formation and successful completion of the multimillion rand legacy project, the Seth Mokitimi Methodist Seminary.
Ivan has served the WMC in various capacities since 1986. He is a graduate of Rhodes University, The University of Cape Town, The University of Kwa-Zulu Natal and Pacific School of Religion. He is married to Esme and they have three children and three grandchildren.
Director, World Methodist Museum
Jackie visited The World Methodist Museum (WMM) as a child, and has visited many others around the world since. She strongly believes that WMM has a special and important ministry. Prior to becoming the Museum’s director in 2013, Jackie was the executive of non-profit/charity organizations, including one involving international work for nearly 20 years. She was featured on “North Carolina People” and received The N.C. Governor’s Award for Non Profits. Jackie is a life-long Methodist, counting circuit riders among her ancestors. She has served in various leadership positions in her community, local church, District and Conference, including United Methodist Women. Educated in Western North Carolina’s schools and colleges with an emphasis on business administration and marketing, she participated in Duke University’s leadership program. She and her husband, Gene, have two sons and one grandson. Interests include international travel, gardening, reading, hiking, most types of handwork and cooking.
Mr. Kirby Hickey
TreasurerUnited Methodist Church, USA
Kirby is a retired businessman having owned and operated a Toyota dealership, an automobile leasing and Rental Company and an office furniture and design company. Throughout his business career he served in various capacities at local, state and national related business organizations. He is a past president of his local Rotary Club.
He has served his local UM church as Finance Chair, Trustee Chair and Lay member to Annual Conference along with being a delegate to General and Jurisdictional Conference. He serves his Annual Conference as President of the Stewardship Foundation, member of Finance Committee and member of Investment Committee.
He has a degree in Business Administration from Keystone College and a degree in Economics from Moravian College. His affiliation with the WMC started in 1991 in Singapore and he formally served as Interim Director of Achieving the Vision (ATV).
He serves as Treasurer/CFO of the World Methodist Council since being elected in Durbin, SA.
Bishop Rosemarie Wenner
Geneva SecretaryThe United Methodist Church in Germany
Rosemarie Wenner was born in and grew up in Eppingen, nurtured by a small UMC congregation in southern Germany. She studied at the United Methodist Theological Seminary in Reutlingen and served as pastor of congregations in Karlsruhe-Durlach, Hockenheim and Darmstadt-Sprendlingen before her appointment as superintendent of the Frankfurt District in 1996.
In February 2005, she was elected bishop at the Germany Central Conference in Wuppertal – the first woman elected to the United Methodist episcopacy outside of the United States.
Bishop Wenner is married to Tobias Wenner and they live in Nussloch, Germany.