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MI Conference hires new CFO

Welcome new staff members

The Michigan Conference welcomes Angie Anger as the new CFO effective January 17, 2022. The Rev. Alice Fleming Townley joins the staff in a new capacity, and the Rev. Gary Step returns to pastoral ministry.


KAY DEMOSS

Senior Content Editor

Conference CFO Angie Anger
Angie Anger

January 5, 2022 | LANSING, MI – The Council on Finance and Administration announces the hiring of Angela (Angie) Anger as the new Chief Financial Officer for The Michigan Conference. She begins work as the CFO on January 17.

Bishop David Bard said, “I am delighted that we have now hired a new treasurer/CFO for The Michigan Conference. Angie Anger brings solid educational credentials and deep experience to her role. We welcome her to the team, and I know our staff will enjoy working with her.”

Bard added, “I would be tremendously remiss if I did not take the opportunity here to offer my profound thanks to the Rev. Don Emmert, who has been serving as conference treasurer during this long search process. Don has been invaluable to our conference during this time.” The former Treasurer and Director of Financial Services, David Dobbs, left the position on the conference staff in April 2020.

Anger has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Michigan State University and a Master’s of Business Administration from Cornerstone University. She recently served as the Chief Financial Officer at Muskegon Family Care. In addition to her educational background, Angie has an extensive resume of serving in the private sector in accounting and financial management. She looks forward to getting to know the United Methodist people of Michigan and working hand-in-hand with the other conference team members.

Other changes are happening in conference personnel.

Conference staffer Step
Rev. Gary Step

Gary Step, Associate Director of Congregational Vibrancy, will be going on a combination of vacation, renewal, and study leave starting Feb 1, 2022. After that time, all calls concerning congregational revitalization, single board governance, Church Unique, or local church assessment should be directed to Dirk Elliott, Michigan Conference Director for Congregational Vibrancy/Leadership Development; delliott@michiganumc.org or call 517-347-4030 x4090.

Effective July 1, 2022, the position of Associate Director of Congregational Vibrancy served by Step will end. Bishop Bard noted, “Welcoming is easy. Saying ‘good-bye’ is not. While our 2022 conference budget included the CFO position and funds for a part-time Ministry Consultant position, we were not able to continue all of our congregational vibrancy staff.” Bard praised Gary Step’s contribution to the ministry of The Michigan Conference. “Gary has been a valued part of the conference staff and has touched many Michigan United Methodist congregations in his work on congregational vibrancy. In addition, he has been tremendously helpful to the district superintendents and me in our appointment-making work.” The bishop also stated that Gary would be moving back into the pastorate when his time on conference staff concludes.

Conference staff Townley
Rev. Alice Townley

In June of 2021, the Rev. Alice Fleming Townley began serving the Connectional Ministries staff of The Michigan Conference as Ministry Consultant in Courage, Compassion, and Resiliency. As of January 1, 2022, Townley joined the conference staff as part-time Coordinator of Mission and Justice.

Bishop Bard said, “I am pleased that we can continue the Rev. Alice Townley’s service into the new year. Alice’s work as a Ministry Consultant supports important ministries in our conference, and her work is critical in helping us with our Engage MI ministries.” 

Alice may be reached at atownley@michiganumc.org or 517-347-4030 x4082