Former Wesley Board Chairman, Steven Lambert, Joins General Counsel on Finance and Administration for The United Methodist Church

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June 5, 2014, Washington, D.C. — On June 1, Steven Lambert began his work as General Counsel with the General Council on Finance and Administration for The United Methodist Church. Lambert is the former chairman of Wesley Theological Seminary’s Board of Governors.

 

“I have found that most tough issues an institutional leader faces are not bad people, they are bad policy or process,” the Rev. Dr. David McAllister-Wilson, president of Wesley Theological Seminary. “So what we need are people who love the church and think like lawyers. These are the people who can help us maintain just and healthy structures in which we can thrive. I have worked with Steve for more than 12 years, and he has served our institution. I have great expectation for Steve’s ministry in the denomination.”

 

Lambert served for 12 years as a member of Wesley’s Board of Governors and led the Steering Committee that established the Lewis Center for Church Leadership. He is a retired partner with Foley and Lardner, LLP in its Washington, D.C. office, where he worked from 2001 to 2014. He served as the chair of Foley and Lardners’ Finance Committee, training partner to its Litigation Department and as a leader of its pro bono program, while representing clients across the country.

 

“Over the years I have been blessed with many opportunities to witness dynamic leadership, dedicated service and a strong focus on mission – nowhere more so than during my years on the board at Wesley Theological Seminary,” said Lambert. “Hopefully, I can transfer at least a portion of what I have experienced to my new position – and work with the dedicated folks at the General Council of Finance and Administration to help make The United Methodist Church all that God would have it be.“

 

The United Methodist General Council on Finance and Administration selected Lambert as their general counsel after conducting a national search. The GCFA coordinates and administers financial resources, safeguards the legal interests and rights of the denomination, and provides administrative resources to enable the fulfillment of the mission of The United Methodist Church. “In that role, he is really considered the top lawyer for the denomination,” McAllister- Wilson added. “This is a tremendous honor and challenge for Steve.”

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