Jorge Lockward was born and raised in the Dominican Republic, and has been a member of the New York Annual Conference since 1989. He currently works as Minister of Worship Arts at Church of the Village UMC. Jorge’s service spans multiple levels of the United Methodist Connection, including church planting (New Day UMC), Metropolitan District Board of Ministry, NYAC Board of Trustees, staff for the General Board of Global Ministries, General Conference delegate (2008, 2012), Jurisdictional Conference delegate (2004, 2008, 2012), the Commission on the General Conference, and the Study on Ministry Committee. In his service, Jorge strives to live into the values of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and our shared Wesleyan heritage. He also brings the prophetic witness and perspective of being an openly gay Latinx person. Most days, he is grateful for the journey of relationship with people across wide theological divides.
DR. DOROTHEE BENZ
Dorothee Benz has been a Methodist since immigrating to the U.S. with her family in 1968. She was a delegate to the 2016 General Conference, where she helped lead the effort, on and off the floor, that led to the suspension of further anti-LGBTQI legislation, the creation of the Commission on the Way Forward, and the call for the 2019 special General Conference. She is a founding member of Methodists in New Directions and served as MIND’s chair from 2006 to 2014. Benz was the lead organizer for the 2010 My Brother’s Keeper: People of Faith Confront Hate Crimes symposium that brought together an unprecedented coalition of groups within NYAC (Immigration Task Force, CBCS, CCORR, MFSA, COSROW, and MIND). She is the winner (with Fred Brewington) of the 2012 Gwen and C. Dale White Award from the NY Chapter of MFSA. Benz works as the chief communications officer at Lambda Legal and is a lifelong social justice organizer in economic and racial justice struggles.
KAREN G. PRUDENTE
Karen G. Prudente is a third-generation Filipino United Methodist and has been a member of Christ Church NY since 1972. She served as Assistant Treasurer and Executive of the General Board of Global Ministries from 1989-2006, honing valuable skills; traveling extensively; developing new budget, accounting and record systems; raising funds; implementing new initiatives; and building relationships with siblings from Central Conferences, Annual and Provisional Missionary Conferences, and UMW/GBGM mission and ecumenical partners in 100 countries and within the U.S. She worked with our bishops, GBGM missionaries and deaconesses, and with colleagues from various UMC boards and commissions. At times, she partnered with Mission Society missionaries. She is a commissioned GBGM Earthkeeper and an avid United Methodist Woman serving in conference and local leadership roles. Karen is a member of the Paglago Commission of the National Federation of Filipino American United Methodists. Karen is the current chair of Methodists in New Directions (MIND).