The Rev. Mary Sullivan has been named Regional Missional Specialist serving the West Ohio Conference. She begins this new role August 1, 2022. Sullivan replaces Rev. Dr. Suzanne Allen who received a new appointment.
The Regional Missional Specialists (RMS) were created at the conference level to develop relationships with pastors and local church leadership in specific geographical regions alongside District Superintendents. Working across district lines, the Regional Missional Specialists build relationships and help every local church thrive as a mission station that reaches people for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Sullivan will join the team of Regional Missional Specialists that include Rev. Karen Cook, Rev. Wendy Lybarger, and Rev. Sara Thomas.
"What an honor and opportunity to serve as one of The West Ohio Conference’s Regional Missional Specialists. I am truly looking forward to serving within our conference as I discover and learn more about the amazing ministries that are already taking place,” Sullivan said.
Sullivan brings 20 years of pastoral experience to the role. For the last 14 years, she has served at Toledo St. Paul and the Market Place for All People. She has served in a variety of settings including both rural and urban, has completed Lombard Institute mediation training and has first-hand experience in Circuit Ministry. Sullivan just completed Greenhouse, where she won the Shark Tank competition.
In the last year, the RMSs have taken on several conference wide projects while they have continued to support the districts. They have implemented a Learning Platform that not only housed the District Leadership Training sessions, but its use has expanded to other areas of the conference including the Office of Ministry, Greenhouse, and the Local Church Complex Systems. Other projects in the beginning phase include the development of missional circuit ministries and a process for conflict transformation in local churches.
“This is an incredible time to be in service with our local congregations and I'm grateful for the new experience in ministry,” Sullivan said.