By Paul Black
SPRINGFIELD -- IGRC Director of Connectional Ministries, the Rev. Dr. Thomas R. Logsdon has announced that he will be applying for disability benefits and has requested an appointment to Medical Leave. The announcement was made June 1 through the office of Resident Bishop Frank J. Beard.
"It has been one of the greatest joys of my life to serve as the Director of Connectional Ministries of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference," Logsdon said. ."My body has gradually let me down, but the wonderful staff with which I have been privileged to work never have. Thank you to Bishop Beard, the Appointive and Extended Cabinet, the Conference Center Staff, and the everyone on the Board, Committees, Commissions, and Councils to which I have been assigned who have worked with and made reasonable (and sometimes far more than reasonable) accommodations for me as I have gradually lost the ability to walk."
Logsdon said the request for Medical Leave is to work on restoration of his body. "Over the next couple of years, I will work with my doctors on getting my weight down so that I can have the surgery necessary to walk again," he said. "In the meantime, I will be praying for all who remain, elected and employed, who continue to do the work of the Conference.God bless you all!"
The IGRC Personnel Committee will be following the process outlined in the IGRC Personnel Policy and will be meeting early next week to approve the job description prior to a nationwide search for Logsdon’s successor.
Once the position is posted to the IGRC website as well as to the job listing on www.umc.org, applicants will have four weeks in which to submit their resumes for consideration. During the application process, the Personnel Committee and the Bishop’s office will be working with the General Council on Finance and Administration to conduct an assessment in Connectional Ministries.
Interviews for finalists will likely be conducted in early August with a projected start date of Sept. 1.
Logsdon was named IGRC Director of Connectional Ministries in 2014. He has served 40 years in the IGRC and its predecessor Central Illinois Conference, serving his first pastorate as a student in 1975 at Flanagan-Rooks Creek-Long Point-Nigh Chapel. Following a pastorate at Chicago Heights St. Mark United Church of Christ for a year, Logsdon returned to his home conference, serving Grant Park-Illiana Heights; Lostant-Richland; Lewistown; Onarga; Sugar Creek and Coal City UMC’s. For eight years, he served on special assignment with the General Board of Global Ministries where he served as the denominational mission executive for the 10 southernmost African countries and later, supervising the agency’s mission personnel in East Asia and the Pacific.
He is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University, Chicago Theological Seminary and Illinois State University.