General Board of Higher Education and Ministry has New Address

For many decades, the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) has had its headquarters in the Kern Building, located at 1001 Nineteenth Avenue, South, in Nashville, Tennessee, in the United States. Built in 1951, this building was a symbol of the unity of many churches brought together to form the Methodist Church in 1939. After 70 years, GBHEM is transferring the building to Vanderbilt University – an institution historically related to the Methodist tradition – and moving to a new address. Starting on October 1, 2021, GBHEM will be established in the Denman Building, located nearby and serving as the Headquarters of The Upper Room and Discipleship Ministries. Under the leadership of its General Secretary, Rev. Greg Bergquist, GBHEM has been adapting to the new realities of globalization, changes in the United Methodist Church, and the pandemic of COVID-19, so it now has a smaller footprint in Nashville, but many more expansive co-locations as the agency staff work remotely. GBHEM also maintains Regional Hubs for Leadership, Education, and Development (LEAD Hubs) in eleven countries. Many other educational agencies in Nashville, TN have been undergoing the same process, including those related to the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME), Disciples of Christ, the Southern Baptist Convention, and others. For more information on GBHEM, visit the website www.gbhem.org 

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