About

Leadership Team

Junius B. Dotson  |  Steve Horswill-Johnston  |  Janet Jamieson 
Stephen Bryant  |  Jeff Campbell  |  Brenda Lockhart  

 

 Junius B. Dotson

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Rev. Junius B. Dotson
General Secretary

A nationally recognized leader, speaker, and author on evangelism and church revitalization, the Rev. Junius B. Dotson is the General Secretary (chief executive officer) of Discipleship Ministries, an international agency of The United Methodist Church with a staff of 135. 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 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.

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. 

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. 

 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. 

 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.

 Steve Bryant

 

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

Rev. Dr. Stephen Bryant is Associate General Secretary for Central Conference Relations and Resourcing and serves as team leader for Discipleship Resources, International, which is a division of Discipleship Ministries. 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 is an ordained clergy member of the Rio Texas Annual Conference (formerly Southwest Texas) 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 (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 “The Five Fold Path: Conversations in Congregational Spirituality” and “Discernment as Worshipful Work: A Step by Step”.

 Jeff Campbell

 

Rev. Jeff Campbell 
Associate General Secretary of Strategic Programming

Jeff Campbell joined Discipleship Ministries in 2013 and now serves as the Executive Director of Conference Relationships. In this role, he connects with conference leadership to strengthen intentional disciple-making across the connection. Jeff coordinates the listening, research, and evaluation systems to ensure that Discipleship Ministries continues to meet the discipleship needs of the local church. He also teaches intentional discipleship systems as an intensive seminary course, and as workshops at the district and conference levels.

Jeff is an ordained elder of the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference. In the GNJAC he served on the Board of Ordained Ministry, taught Basic and Advanced Lay Servant Training, and coordinated the Probationary Elder Program.

Rev. Campbell received his undergraduate degree in English, Linguistics, and Speech from the University of Mary Washington. Prior to his call to ministry, he worked for the Limited Inc. managing Communications and Store Operations. He earned his Master of Divinity degree from Drew Theological School, where he was awarded the Alton Raynor prize for Town and Country Ministry.

 Brenda Lockhart

 

Brenda Lockhart
Executive Assistant to the General Secretary

Brenda has worked closely with the General Secretary's Office since 2008 when she became the General Administrative Coordinator and then the Executive Assistant upon another's retirement. 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.

She is active in her local church, Hermitage United Methodist Church, currently serving as a Lay Member to the Tennessee Annual Conference. Lockhart has served on the Boards of Directors for both the Nashville Emmaus and the Nashville Chrysalis Communities.

Brenda holds an Associate of Science in Business and Commerce and a Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies with a concentration in Organizational Leadership from Middle Tennessee State University.