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Rev. Junius B. Dotson

Rev. Junius B. Dotson
General Secretary/CEO

A nationally recognized leader, speaker, and author, the Rev. Junius B. Dotson is the General Secretary (chief executive officer) of Discipleship Ministries, an international agency of The United Methodist Church, an organization with a staff of more than 130. Dotson was elected General Secretary in 2016.

Under Dotson’s leadership, Discipleship Ministries has worked toward having the 11-million-member denomination ensure every congregation has an intentional discipleship system, engages with people currently outside the church, and cultivates local (contextual) resources around the globe.

Rev. Dotson is the author of Soul Reset: Breakdown, Breakthrough, and the Journey to Wholeness (Upper Room Books). Released to national acclaim, the book is a 6-week study for everyone who moves at breakneck speed through daily life.

Rev. Dotson was a member of a team of 16 global United Methodist leaders, across a wide theological spectrum, toward a proposal that would preserve The United Methodist Church while allowing traditionalist-minded congregations to form a new denomination. The proposal was reached with the help of famed mediator Kenneth Feinberg, who worked on the federal September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.

Dotson launched “See All The People”, the highly successful church-wide initiative that helps church leaders concentrate on intentional discipleship, while learning new behaviors around engaging their surrounding community.

Rev. Dotson is also the author of Developing an Intentional Discipleship System: A Guide for Congregations and Engaging Your Community: A Guide to Seeing All the People. Both resources help congregations look beyond their walls, acknowledging that God calls us to have “meaningful relationships in authentic, organic, and consistent ways.”

As a leader who responds to challenges and opportunities in new and creative ways, Rev. Dotson believes that effective ministry is about training, developing, and empowering leaders to establish ministries that address the needs of the whole person – body, mind, and spirit.

His current 90-second daily radio series, “See All The People”, is featured on more than 40 stations across the U.S. His ministry has been featured in The Tennessean, The San Jose Mercury News, The San Francisco Examiner, The Sacramento Bee, The Wichita Eagle, religious journals, and segments on CBS Radio’s “The Osgood File,” as well as on ABC, NBC and CBS affiliates in San Francisco, San Jose, and Wichita.

Prior to his present position, Rev. Dotson was Senior Pastor of Saint Mark United Methodist Church in Wichita, Kansas, where he was instrumental in transforming the 3,500-member church into a multi-campus congregation.

In 1996, Rev. Dotson responded to the challenge of planting Genesis United Methodist Church, a new and innovative church in the Silicon Valley of California, which grew into a diverse faith community of nearly 500 people.

Rev. Dotson received his undergraduate degree in political science, with a concentration in economics, at the University of Texas at Arlington. While attending UT-Arlington, he was president of the local chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha, the nation’s oldest African-American fraternity. Rev. Dotson began his graduate work at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and earned his Master of Divinity degree from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California. He was ordained in June 1992.

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Steve Horswill-Johnston

Steve Horswill-Johnston
Chief Communications Officer

Steve Horswill-Johnston is a four-time Emmy Award winning director, producer, brand manager, and communications executive with more than 20 years experience in both non-profit and for-profit organizations in Nashville, TN and Los Angeles, CA.

Steve was the creative architect and executive director of The United Methodist Church's first network television advertising campaign; the first and largest Protestant effort of its kind. Beyond leading the office of communications at Discipleship Ministries, he’s the creator and producer of Chuck Knows Church.

Prior to arriving in Nashville, Steve earned his undergraduate degree in Film Production from San Diego State University, and holds an M. Div. from Claremont School of Theology, where he was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award. He has written and produced programs for San Diego public television (KPBS), worked on the CBS episodic television series “Simon & Simon” and was a radio broadcaster in the San Diego and Los Angeles markets for 10 years.


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Janet Jamieson

Janet Jamieson
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.


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Rev. Dr. Stephen Bryant

Rev. Dr. Stephen Bryant
Associate General Secretary, The Upper Room & Publisher

Rev. Stephen Bryant is Associate General Secretary for Discipleship Ministries, Publisher of The Upper Room, and serves as team leader for Discipleship Resources International, a resourcing initiative for Central Conferences. Previously, Steve served as the World Editor and Publisher of The Upper Room (1997-2009), Executive Director of Upper Room Program (1992-1997), The Upper Room’s Director of Spiritual Formation and International Spiritual Director of the Walk to Emmaus movement (1986-1992). Steve returned to The Upper Room as Publisher in 2017.

Steve is an ordained clergy member of the Rio Texas Annual Conference where he served as associate pastor and senior pastor for two congregations before joining The Upper Room and Discipleship Ministries. Steve teaches the Friendship Class at Belmont United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tennessee, and offers leadership for various learning experiences, retreats, and ministries as called upon.

Steve is the founder and co-creator of Companions in Christ (a 28-week small group study) and contributed significantly to several of the Companions series short-term courses including Exploring the Way, The Way of Forgiveness, The Way of Blessing, The Way of Prayer, and The Way of Transforming Discipleship. He also authored The Upper Room Handbook on Emmaus, What Is Emmaus?, and Group Reunion, and was a regular contributor to The Upper Room devotional magazine for twelve years. Steve’s written various articles and ministry tools including “Tending the Soul of the Congregation,” “The Five-Fold Path: Conversations in Congregational Spirituality,” and “Discernment as Worshipful Work: A Step by Step Process.”


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Rev. Jeff Campbell

Rev. Jeff Campbell
Associate General Secretary, Strategic Programming

Rev. Jeff Campbell serves as Associate General Secretary, Strategic Programming. Jeff is moving into this role from his previous work in Conference Relationships, where he coordinated the listening, research, and evaluation systems to help Discipleship Ministries hear the discipleship needs across the connection. He now moves into programming with a desire to create needed resources for local church and annual conference leaders.

Jeff hopes to guide the Strategic Programming Team focusing on Discipleship Ministries’ three strategic priorities: intentional discipleship systems (pathways) in every church; equipping local churches to engage their communities as a part of a discipleship system; and, lifting up and creating indigenous, contextual resources.

Jeff is an ordained elder of the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference and a graduate of University of Mary Washington (English, Linguistics, and Speech) and Drew Theological School (MDiv). Prior to his call to ministry, he worked for the Limited Inc., managing Communications and Store Operations.


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Rev. Dr. Evan D. Young

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.


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Brenda Lockhart

Brenda Lockhart
Executive Assistant to the General Secretary

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.