About

Leadership Team

Junius B. Dotson  |  Steve Horswill-Johnston  |  Ken Sloane  |  Janet Jamieson 
Michael Glenn Ratliff  |  Stephen Bryant  |  Jeff Campbell  |  Doug Ruffle  |  Brenda Lockhart  

 
 Junius B. Dotson

Rev. Junius B. Dotson
General Secretary

A recognized visionary leader in 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. He began his tenure on July 1, 2016.

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

Rev. Dotson received his undergraduate degree in political science, with a concentration in economics, at the University of Texas at Arlington. He earned his Master of Divinity degree from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California. Dotson was ordained in June 1992.

Rev. Dotson served on the Board of Ordained Ministry and the Revitalization Taskforce of the Kansas West Conference (now part of the Great Plains Conference). He has served as facilitator for the Fitzgerald Program, a Discipleship Ministries program to equip pastors to begin start-up congregations. From 2009 to 2012, Rev. Dotson served on the Board of Directors of Discipleship Ministries where he was chair of the New Church Starts/Path1 division of the agency. Rev. Dotson also served on The Wichita Food Bank Executive Board and was appointed by the governor of Kansas to serve on the Kansas Sentencing Commission. 

Rev. Dotson’s ministry has been featured in The San Jose Mercury News, The San Francisco Examiner, The Sacramento Bee, religious journals and segments on CBS Radio’s “The Osgood File,” as well as on NBC affiliate KRON in San Francisco.

 Steve Horswill-Johnston

Steve Horswill-Johnston
Executive Director of Communications & Brand Strategy

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. 

 Ken Sloane

Ken Sloane
Interim Associate General Secretary
Leadership Ministries

Ken Sloane was ordained an elder in the former Southern New Jersey Conference in 1984. He served more than 20 years as a local church pastor in the Greater New Jersey Conference, including in a successful new church start.

In 2001, Sloane was appointed to be the newly formed conference’s first Director of Connectional Ministries and helped to form the conference’s response to the 9/11 tragedy, which was funded by a $4.5 million grant from UMCOR.

Sloane received a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and theater from Hofstra University and both his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Drew University.

 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.

 Mike Ratliff

 

Michael Glenn Ratliff
Associate General Secretary
Division on Ministries with Young People

Michael Glenn Ratliff was named associate general secretary of the Division on Ministries with Young People, effective January 1, 2007.

Created by the 2004 General Conference, the division works with local churches, annual conferences, jurisdictions, and central conferences on issues related to young people.

Ratliff was previously an associate pastor with youth and their families at Saint Andrew United Methodist Church in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, where he served since 1995. His work there involved a large staff and volunteer team ministering to hundreds of youth every week. He also directed Crossties, a leadership consulting and training initiative, for those who minister with young people. He has served in similar positions in churches in Georgia and Florida.

Ratliff has worked in youth and young adult ministry for over 30 years, served as faculty teaching youth ministry courses at Iliff School of Theology for three years, and has taught a variety of courses for the Perkins School of Youth Ministry.

An accomplished author, workshop leader and curriculum developer, Ratliff's writings include the books Sacred Challenge and Sacred Bridges and articles in Church Leader, Youth Net, Circuit Rider, Children's Leader, and various web resources.

He has also developed curriculum for Faith and Sexuality, Let's Be Real, Confirmation Times, and Combos.

He holds a Certificate of Practical Theology and Youth Ministry from Princeton Seminary, a Master of Arts in Christian education from Scarritt College, and a Bachelor of Arts in business administration from Georgia Southern University. The Reverend Ratliff is an ordained deacon, certified minister of youth, and certified minister of education from the Rocky Mountain Conference.

 Steve Bryant

 

Rev. Dr. Stephen Bryant 
Associate General Secretary for Central Conference Relations and Resourcing
Discipleship Resources, International

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

 

Jeff Campbell 
Director of Annual Conference Relationships

Jeff Campbell serves as the Director of Annual Conference Relationships. In this role, Jeff connects with local boards of discipleship or their equivalent in every annual conference, with the purpose of strengthening intentional disciple-making across the connection. Jeff seeks ongoing feedback from conference and local church leaders, with the purpose of bringing that input to the Leadership Team in order to keep the work of Discipleship Ministries connected to the needs of conferences and local churches.

Jeff is originally from Tabb, Virginia, but after college moved to Columbus, Ohio for business. There Jeff worked in communications and operations for The Limited Inc. After hearing the call to ministry, Jeff moved to New Jersey, where he began seminary while serving as a licensed local pastor. Jeff has been a pastor for 13 years and is familiar with the challenges of ministry in the small and medium church settings.

Rev. Campbell is a graduate of the University of Mary Washington and received his Master of Divinity degree from Drew Theological School. Jeff is an ordained Elder of the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference.

 Doug Ruffle

 

Doug Ruffle
Interim Association General Secretary
Executive Director, Path 1 / New Church Starts

The Reverend Dr. Douglas Ruffle currently is serving as interim Associate General Secretary / Executive Director of New Church Starts (Path 1).  Prior to coming to Path 1 in 2013, Doug served as Coordinator of Congregational Development for the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference (2003-2013). He is the author of A Missionary Mindset: What Church Leaders Need to Know to Reach Their Community—Lessons from E. Stanley Jones (2016). Other books by Doug include  Roadmap to Renewal: Rediscovering the Church's Mission, which was translated into Spanish (Hoja de Ruta) and Discovery Church Journey. Doug holds a B.A. from Drew University, a M.Div. from Harvard University, a Th.M from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from Drew University. He is fluent in Spanish having served as a missionary in Argentina for nine years.

 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.