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AoP Charts New Future During Time of Transition

The Academy of Preachers (AoP) Board of Directors is appointing a new Transitional Leadership Team (TLT) to lead the organization during a time of reimagining and exploration.  Just over a month ago, AoP celebrated ten years of identifying, networking, supporting, and inspiring young people in the call to Gospel preaching at the 2019 National Festival of Young Preachers.  During the event, a feedback process was launched to envision AoP 2.0, the next ten years of the organization.  This process will continue over the course of the next several months.

As part of the transition, AoP will transform from an organization primarily funded by the Lilly Endowment to a self-sustaining movement funded by its partners.  In the meantime, AoP does not have sufficient funding to support full-time employees.  Therefore, Rev. Ernest Brooks III, AoP President/CEO, will move from his current position to a senior advisory role and continue as a member of the Board of Directors.

“We are very appreciative of Ernest’s many valuable contributions and gifts to AoP over the last decade,” said Conway Stone, AoP Board of Directors Chair.  “I am thrilled to have his continued voice and influence as we plan for the future.”  Stone and Rev. Brooks, along with the Board of Directors, have charted the implementation of the TLT that will take effect immediately.

Tyler Best AoP ’12 will shift from Director of Communications to a new role serving as Director of Events.  He will manage all events organized and implemented by AoP, including AoP Day 2019 and the 2020 National Festival of Young Preachers.  Best will also serve as Lead Director with oversight of the TLT.  Best, who resides in Corydon, Indiana, has worked in different capacities with the organization since 2015.

Richard Williams AoP ‘12, who was recently tapped by Rev. Brooks as the Co-Leader of the Gospel Catalysts at the 2019 National Festival, will serve as Director of Networks. In this capacity, he will work to engage and grow the AoP’s large and expanding network.  Williams is a newcomer to the AoP staff and resides in Montgomery, Alabama.  He is the Associate Pastor of Discipleship and Missions at Aldersgate United Methodist Church.

Debbie Moody will reduce her hours and continue as Director of Operations.  Moody has been with the organization since its inception and has been involved with the successful planning of every National Festival since 2010.  As she passes event planning responsibility over to Best, she will continue to oversee all matters related to finance and administration of the organization.  She resides in Lexington, Kentucky.

Dr. Dwight A. Moody, founder, former president, and current board member of the AoP, will return to the staff on a limited basis to serve as Director of Advancement, raising funds and cultivating institutional partnerships as the organization seeks to fund the next season.  Dr. Moody will work pro bono and also continue in his role as a member of the AoP Board of Directors until his term concludes at the end of June 2019.

“Serving as President/CEO of the Academy of Preachers has been one of the joys of my life and professional career,” stated Rev. Brooks. “I have been blessed to work with Dr. Moody and our stakeholders over the past decade to catalyze, sustain, and expand this missional movement. I’m thrilled to continue my service as a senior advisor and board member by working with the TLT and Board of Directors to continue our stakeholder engagement work and re-tooling AoP for the next decade of mission and ministry.”  More information regarding ways through which stakeholders can share constructive feedback and ideas for the future will be shared in the coming weeks.

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