Bishop Karen Oliveto intends to appoint the Rev. Annie Arnoldy to serve as the Superintendent of Leadership Development and Director of Connectional Ministry, effective July 1, 2019. Annie currently serves as an associate pastor at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. She also is the current chair for the Mountain Sky Conference Commission on the Status and Role of Women.
In her new role, Annie will serve as the primary staff and resource person for the Mountain Sky Conference Leadership Development area and oversee the operation and accomplishment of the ministry and mission of the conference, while also connecting the conference with the general church.
"It is exciting to welcome Rev. Annie Arnoldy as our new Superintendent of Leadership Development and Director of Connectional Ministry," said Bishop Oliveto. "Annie is committed to growing strong discipleship in laity and clergy by strengthening our capacity to lead in powerful, life-changing ways. She brings wisdom, creativity and great joy to all she does. May her ministry amongst us be blessed!"
Annie grew up in Greenwood Village, Colorado. She attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado to earn a degree in English. She later went to the Iliff School of Theology in Denver. Following her ordination in the legacy Rocky Mountain Conference, Annie was appointed to be the associate pastor to First UMC in Grand Junction, Colorado, where she served for six years. She then took several years of family leave.
During that time, she served on two Grand Junction nonprofits – Light Gives Heat, which provides sustainable income for women in Uganda and The House, a teen homeless shelter. Throughout most of her 10 years in Grand Junction, Annie served on the Western Colorado District Committee on Ministry, first as the registrar and then as the chair.
She and her family then moved back to the Colorado Front Range in 2015 to be closer to family. In 2016, Annie was appointed to serve St. Andrew UMC as Pastor of Discipleship and has worked primarily in the areas of adult education, welcoming and stewardship, including the creation of a laity leadership process called Serve with St. Andrew. Annie is currently pursuing a graduate certificate from the University of Denver in the areas of Leadership and Organizational Development.
"The areas of ministry I love most involve connecting with people and creating teams that allow for each person’s unique calling to be explored and strengthened," Annie said. "I believe we are all called to creating a stronger community as we engage in using our strengths in leadership toward the good of the whole. Over the coming months, I will actively seek ways to connect throughout our conference with the hopes of deepening our connective tissue. We will continue to light the path for one another as we faithfully press on toward a hopeful future."
Please pray for Annie and her family in this time of transition.
Appointments will be finalized at Annual Conference in June. A list of appointments, assignments and current church openings is available on the Mountain Sky Conference website.