Mary Brooke Casad Resigns as Connectional Table Executive Secretary

(DALLAS, Texas) -- Bishop John L. Hopkins announced today that Mary Brooke Casad has submitted her resignation as the Executive Secretary of The United Methodist Church’s Connectional Table (CT).  Casad has provided administrative leadership to the CT since 2007. The CT is comprised of United Methodist bishops, heads of general boards and agencies, and lay and clergypersons representing all areas of the global denomination.

“Mary Brooke's life and leadership expresses the fruit of the Holy Spirit--love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Her leadership of the Connectional Table has enabled our church to take giant steps in dealing with current realities while envisioning a future with hope that comes from a deep faith in Jesus Christ. She has given servant leadership by providing radical hospitality and seeking unity in diversity around the Connectional Table that is responsible for the vision and stewardship of the mission, ministries and resources of our Church ,” said Hopkins, chairperson of the CT.

In a statement, Casad says she feels privileged for the opportunity to serve the CT. “As our denomination has taken on the adaptive challenge of creating, fostering and sustaining vital congregations, I have been prayerfully contemplating my role in this endeavor. My resignation is based on a desire to be more engaged with my local church and community, and be a full ministry partner with my husband in his role as pastor.”

Casad has relocated to McKinney, Texas with her husband, the Rev. Victor Casad, who was appointed to Stonebridge United Methodist Church in July 2011. In addition to supporting the ministry there, she says she plans to focus on writing. Casad is a well-known author of children’s books developed around the character of “Bluebonnet,” a Texas-born armadillo.

Bishop Bruce Ough, incoming CT Chair, said that Casad will remain on staff until a new executive secretary for the CT is elected. Casad will assist with the January 2013 organizational meeting of the 2013-16 CT. Details about the search process will be announced next week.

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