Gilbert C. Hanke, top staff executive of the General Commission on UM Men, named the Rev. Dr. Richard (Rick) Vance, pastor of Ebenezer UMC in Newark, Del., as director of men’s ministry. He assumed that position September 1, 2016.
Vance assumes a position left vacant after Larry Malone left the post in December, 2010. Since that time, Mark Lubbock, Mark Dehority, Greg Arnold, and Jim Boesch have served as regionally-deployed part-time leaders of men’s ministry. They will continue in that ministry under the direction of Hanke and in cooperation with Vance. “Dr. Vance will help expand our men's ministry specialist program, and our work in the areas of domestic violence, prison ministries, and several other projects in the planning stage,” said Hanke.
A 1987 graduate of Salisbury (Md.) University (Bachelor of Science in adult education) and Wesley Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity in 1995 and a Doctor of Ministry degree in 2006), Vance is an ordained elder in the Peninsula-Delaware Annual Conference and a leader of UM Men conference workshops.