Rev. Jeff Campbell
Rev. Jeff Campbell is the General Secretary of Discipleship Ministries.
Campbell comes to this role having led Discipleship Ministries as the Associate General Secretary for Strategic Programming, where he coordinated the work of the agency around three strategic priorities: an Intentional Discipleship System in every church with focus on our identity in Christ and explicitly anti-racist discipleship; equipping local churches to engage their communities, particularly those for whom the church has become irrelevant, recognizing a diverse mission field; and lifting up and creating local, contextual resources globally. Campbell has been instrumental in the creation of resources supporting the See All the People initiative which invites leaders to stop trying to fix their church and start seeing the people that God calls us to reach.
Rev. Campbell joined Discipleship Ministries in 2013 as Executive Director of Conference Relationships, helping the agency build relationships with conference leaders, while coordinating the strategy for agency presence during annual conference season. Campbell created the One Matters Award to be in partnership with conferences encouraging churches to focus on making disciples.
Rev. Campbell is a servant leader, speaker, teacher, and ordained elder of the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference. Campbell teaches Intentional Discipleship Systems and Community Engagement in seminaries, annual conferences, districts, and local churches, challenging United Methodist leaders to make the mission of making disciples and transforming communities the center of all that we do.
Campbell earned his Bachelor of Arts in English, Linguistics, and Speech from the University of Mary Washington, and his Master of Divinity from Drew Theological School where he was awarded the Alton Raynor Prize for Town & Country Ministry. Prior to serving at Discipleship Ministries, Rev. Campbell served as pastor of The United Methodist Church in Wayne, and Wharton United Community Church at St. John’s.
Rev. Campbell and his family participate in the life and ministries of Nolensville First United Methodist Church.
Rev. Kimberly Orr
Associate General Secretary, Publisher of The Upper Room
Kimberly Orr is Associate General Secretary of Discipleship Ministries and the Publisher of The Upper Room. In her role, Kimberly seeks to build on the legacy of the Upper Room through broadening the reach of its many spiritual formation resources, including its flagship bi-monthly devotional magazine. Kimberly is working to increase the Upper Room’s digital footprint and to think playfully and entrepreneurially about how best to open up the gospel of Jesus Christ to a wider audience.
Kimberly is an ordained elder from the Texas Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church where she has served since 2002 in the local church. Before answering the call to full-time ministry, Kimberly was the associate international tour manager for the Houston Grand Opera. Kimberly also holds two degrees in music (BMEd, Sam Houston State University-1989; MM, Rice University-1993) and a Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary (2005). Additionally, Ms. Orr received a Certificate of Jewish Learning from the Florence Melton School of Hebrew University in 2010 and is currently enrolled in a PhD program at the University of South Africa, Pretoria.
Kimberly loves to play hobby board games, watch British mysteries, strum a few songs on her Gretsch guitar, and do a little hiking and camping. She is also the proud mother of two adult children, Miriam and Josiah, and cherishes time with her two grandchildren, Ellie and Sam.
Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer
Janet Jamieson, CPA, leads the agency's financial and operational areas, including accounting, human resources, building services, and information technology. In addition, she provides general oversight of the agency's fiscal affairs.
Prior to joining the Discipleship Ministries staff in 2016, Jamieson served as the chief financial officer for the Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee. Her experience also includes roles as auditor, college professor, writer, and speaker.
Jamieson is the co-author with her husband, Philip Jamieson, and the Rev. Ken Sloane, of the United Methodist denominational Guidelines for Leading Your Congregation: Finance - Handling God's Money in the Church (Abingdon Press, 2016), as well as Ministry and Money: A Practical Guide for Pastors (Westminster/John Knox Press, 2009).
She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky, and a Master of Science in accounting degree from Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts. Janet and Philip are members of Brentwood United Methodist Church.
Rev. Dr. Evan D. Young
Executive Director, Stakeholder Relations
Rev. Dr. Evan D. Young is the Executive Director of Stakeholder Relations. In this position, Young works to fulfill Discipleship Ministries’ mission by directing the work of the agency in linking with conferences to strengthen intentional discipleship and community engagement, and to create and promote indigenous contextual discipleship resources, globally.
Prior to joining Discipleship Ministries, Young served for nearly eight years as a District Superintendent of the Baltimore Washington Conference, where he managed dozens of churches in the Greater Washington and Annapolis Districts. He previously served as the special assistant to the bishop in the Conference.
Young also served as a pastor in the Baltimore Washington Conference for 17 years, and as a Wing Chaplain in the Maryland National Air Guard for nearly nine years. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia in 1981, and went on to earn his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary.
A church planter at heart, Young is also a certified coach and provides coaching and support to clergy and congregations.
Chief Information Officer & Upper Room Executive Director of Operations
Bill Overby oversees Discipleship Ministries' Information Technology needs. In addition, he directs the Operations area of The Upper Room, responsible for customer service, fulfillment, and web development. Prior to joining Discipleship Ministries in 2016, Bill served in multiple capacities in the healthcare IT space, including CIO of a healthcare system in Minnesota, and CTO of a medical manufacturer in southern California.
Bill and his wife, Luann, are full-time RVers, living mostly in Lebanon, Tennessee. They enjoy hiking, camping, and traveling. Bill earned degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Superior, in Finance and Business Administration.
Executive Office Manager for the General Secretary/CEO
Brenda has worked for each General Secretary since 2008. Previously, she was the Grants Administrator in Young People's Ministries and was among the first staff of that division when it was newly formed after the 2004 General Conference. She began her career at Discipleship Ministries as an administrative assistant with the former United Methodist Youth Organization. Her professional background is in project management and technical writing.
Brenda is an active United Methodist, currently serving as an at-large member to the Tennessee Annual Conference. She has served on the Boards of Directors for both the Nashville Emmaus and the Nashville Chrysalis Communities, currently serving as the registrar for the Nashville Emmaus Community. She is an Advanced Certified member of PAUMCS (Professional Administrators in the United Methodist Connectional Structure) and serves on the national Membership Committee.
Brenda holds a Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies with a concentration in Organizational Leadership from Middle Tennessee State University and an Associate of Science in Business and Commerce from Volunteer State. She and her husband Cy live in Hermitage, Tennessee.