President Jay Rundell has appointed Rev. Stan Ling to lead the development effort of Methodist Theological School in Ohio. Ling assumed his role as special assistant to the president for advancement in August.
He arrives at MTSO having served as pastor for four United Methodist congregations, most recently Church of the Messiah in Westerville. His ministry also included nine years as director of connectional ministries for the West Ohio Conference.
Ling earned his M.Div. degree from Wesley Theological Seminary and his B.A. from Asbury University. He has taught on the MTSO campus, leading Theology and Practice of Ministry classes in the Course of Study School of Ohio.
"When the president talked to me about this position, so many things came together, including my love for education and my respect for this seminary," Ling said. "Since I've been here, I've interviewed most of the faculty, many of the staff and a good number of students, and I just keep hearing how much they enjoy it, how much they're challenged, and how rich life is in this environment."
Rundell said the synergy between Ling's many new and existing friendships makes him a perfect fit.
"Stan has wonderful relationships with the church and its leaders and people," Rundell said. "He understands the connections between faith and giving, and he's proving very adept at linking the spiritual stories of individuals with the story of our seminary and students."
Ling said he's invigorated by his meetings with friends of the school as he settles into this new role.
"I'm finding it a privilege to begin to develop relationships with alumni and other donors," he said. "It's great to hear their stories, to hear their hopes and dreams and thoughts for MTSO."
Danny Russell, director of communication