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Dr. Kimberly Reisman
Dr. Kimberly Reisman has led World Methodist Evangelism as its Executive Director since 2014. Born in Gulfport, Mississippi, Kim lived in California, Tennessee, Georgia, Ohio, and Connecticut before moving to Indiana in 1993. She received a Bachelor’s Degree from Emory University, a Masters of Divinity from Yale Divinity School, and a PhD in theology from Durham University in the United Kingdom. A senior Harry Denman fellow, she serves as an Adjunct Professor at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio and Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Washington. Kim is ordained in the United Methodist Church, is a frequent speaker, and has written numerous books, most recently, The Christ-Centered Woman: Finding Balance in a World of Extremes (2013, Abingdon Press). Prior to being appointed Executive Director, she focused her work in the areas evangelism, spiritual formation, leadership development, and the intersection between faith and culture. In all her work, Kim seeks to serve God by awakening, strengthening and enlivening the faith commitment of individuals as well as empowering communities of faith to become visible witnesses to the love of Christ for the world. Kim lives with her husband, John in West Lafayette, Indiana where she enjoys music, sports, reading, and jewelry making. They have three adult children, Nathan, Maggie and Hannah.
Dr. H. Eddie Fox
Dr. Eddie Fox is the World Director Emeritus of World Methodist Evangelism. He retired in 2014, after serving WME for 25 years and empowering the Methodist Wesleyan family for evangelism across the globe. Throughout his ministry Eddie has been instrumental in developing holistic models of evangelism through word, deed, and sign. In 1996, he created the Order of the Flame (Faithful Leaders as Mission Evangelists) for pastors, young in ministry, who promise to “do the work of an evangelist, to carry out the ministry fully.” He continues to preach and teach, encouraging lay and clergy across the world to be about the ministry of sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. Eddie has developed great knowledge of the World Methodist movement through visiting, preaching and lecturing in 90 countries for World Methodism. He has unusual and comprehensive experience working with indigenous leadership in the worldwide Methodist movement on every continent, facing the challenges and opportunities for ministry and growth. He is often referred to as the “best known Methodist evangelist in the world.” Eddie holds degrees from Hiwassee Junior College (AA), Tennessee Wesleyan (BA, DMin), Candler School of Theology (MDiv) and Asbury Theological Seminary (DMin). In 2013 he received Candler’s Distinguished Alumni Award and in 2014 he was admitted into the prestigious Order of Jerusalem of the World Methodist Council. Throughout his extensive ministry, Eddie has never forgotten his deep roots in the Appalachian Mountains. His roots in the Methodist tradition are equally deep and Eddie is blessed to be able to say that his family was Methodist when John Wesley was still alive. Eddie and his wife Mary Nell are the parents of a daughter, Gaye Nell, and twin sons, Tim and Tom. They are the very proud grandparents of six grandchildren, Arden, Grayson, William, Simon, Jasmine, and Riley.
Bishop Ivan M. Abrahams
Bishop Ivan M. Abrahams is the fourth person and first South African to serve as General Secretary of the World Methodist Council. He began his tenure in 2012 after a period of transition commencing at the close of the World Methodist Conference in Durban, South Africa. From 2003-2012, Bishop Abrahams served as Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa – one of the largest Christian denominations in Southern Africa. During his tenure he provided prophetic leadership and direction. His capstone achievement was the formation and successful completion of the multimillion rand legacy project, the Seth Mokitimi Methodist Seminary. Bishop Abrahams is well versed in casting vision, providing spiritual and strategic leadership, developing policies and procedures in line with values, goals, and the mission of the church to achieve its vision. A renowned ecumenist and advocate for social justice, he is active in various organizations including the All-Africa Conference of Churches and the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches. He is married to Esme F. Abrahams, General Hospital Manager (CEO) of Netcare Garden City Hospital in Johannesburg. Together they have three children and three grandchildren.