Bishop Gregory V. Palmer is pleased to announce the appointment of Rev. Donnetta Peaks to serve as the Director of the Office of Ministry for the West Ohio Conference, effective July 1, 2019. Rev. Peaks will follow Rev. Kathy Brown who will retire after 26 years of ministry.
“I am pleased that Donnetta has embraced the opportunity and challenge to bring staff leadership to our Office of Ministry in this season. She brings to the work what I call a calm creativity. She appreciates what has been and has the capacity to lean into newness and change,” Palmer said.
Currently, Peaks is serving the conference as the Director of Clergy Recruitment, Candidacy and Licensing, a post she has held since February 2017. Peaks plays an instrumental role leading the West Ohio Conference Candidacy initiatives and processes, focusing on exploration of call, declaration and certification of candidacy and licensing of Local Pastors.
“I am honored to be asked by Bishop Palmer to serve as the Director for the Office of Ministry. The Rev. Kathy Brown has provided fine leadership and mentorship over the past two years and it is my sincere hope and desire to continue the work of the Office with stability, creativity, and divine inspiration,” Peaks said.
In her new role, Peaks will continue to work closely with the West Ohio Conference Board of Ordained Ministry. "I am excited to work with Rev. Peaks to discover new and exciting ways to recruit and credential candidates for ministry that are equipped to lead the churches in West Ohio Conference into the future with boldness," said Rev. Dr. Brian Law, who chairs the board.
Rev. Peaks holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Ohio University and a Master’s of Divinity degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton. She has served in the United
Methodist Church as an itinerant elder in Columbus, Toledo, and Springfield. Peaks previous appointments include: Central and Covenant; Columbus: Centenary and Easton Community.
Raised in the Missionary Baptist Church, she was originally licensed to preach in and ordained by the American Baptist Churches, USA. Peaks connected with the United Methodist Church in June 1999 with the Greater Linden Parish on the North East Side of Columbus, Ohio. She initially served as a Part-time Licensed Local Pastor and became an Elder in the United Methodist Church in 2004.
She has served in the West Ohio Conference in various ways including as a Committee Member and Secretary with the Committee on the Status and Role of Women; Community Ministries Board Member; BMCR Vice-Chairperson; Miami Valley District Committee on Ordained Ministry; Capitol Area North District Committee on Ordained Ministry; West Ohio Conference Board of Ordained Ministry, and a Conference Relations Committee Member. She has Training Certification with the Faith Trust Institute for Sexual Ethics and as a Qualified Administrator with the Intercultural Development Inventory Program.
Peaks is active in various community organizations including the Columbus Mayor’s Inter-Religious Advisory Council; The Ohio State University African American Clergy Advisory Board; the City of Columbus Women’s Commission and The Housing and Evictions Sub-Committee. Annually, she supports Dayton’s Making Memories Golf Classic to End Alzheimer’s.