J. Keith Zimmerman
Pastoral HistoryOrdained Elder: 1975
Prior Appointments: Illinois City-Pine Bluff, Macomb Wesley (Assoc), Moweaqua, Mahomet, East Moline Christ, Vermilion River District Superintendent. Interims: Dunlap Prospect, Pekin First
Relevant Leadership Roles: Former chair, IGRC Board of Ordained Ministry & Cabinet; Consultant/coach for IGRC Congregational Development; Chair, IGRC Liberia Partnership Team; Co-chair, Liberia Partners Summit Steering Team; Member, CCFA
Experience: Delegate to General /Jurisdictional Conferences 2008, 2012
Gifts and Passions: Practice of spiritual disciplines; Leading/training clergy and laity in “Passionate Worship”; Visioning and organizing to reach vision; Local and global mission.
Personal Statement: Even in retirement, I am called to ministry and to live out my ordination as an elder. Therefore I cannot ignore issues faced by the UMC and our need to make difficult decisions to move us more fully into our disciple making mission. Also critical is the election of three episcopal leaders at 2016 Jurisdictional Conference. As a district superintendent, I worked with two bishops experiencing firsthand that those who are to lead an conference, as well as in the whole UMC, must be spiritual and principled leaders, passionate for connecting all people to God and in ministry, able to relate to and motivate clergy and churches to spiritual growth and missional service, as well as skilled in building consensus while moving ideas into reality.