Bishop Gary Mueller is pleased to announce that Kay Kotan has been named the new Director of the Center for Vitality, beginning July 1, 2019.

Kotan, who currently serves as the Director of Equipping Vital Congregations for the Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church, brings to the position years of experience revitalizing congregations throughout the United States and helping to establish new church starts within and outside of central Pennsylvania.

A passionate lay person, Kotan has worked in banking and was a business owner for more than 20 years. She is a Coach U and Advanced Coach U graduate, an accredited coach (Professional Certified Coach – PCC) with the International Coaching Federation, a certified Path 1 coach, and served on the faculty at Coaching4Clergy.

She is the author of numerous books and workbooks on the subject of creating vital congregations, including Gear Up: Nine Essential Processes for the Optimized Church; Mission Possible: Structuring Your Church for Missional Effectiveness; Full Schedules, Barren Souls; IMPACT!: Reclaiming the Call of Lay Ministry; Necessary Nine – Nine Things Effective Pastors Do Differently, and others.

“I am absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to do ministry alongside the great people of Arkansas!  While I have had the privilege of meeting many of you during my visits to the Arkansas Conference, I am looking forward to getting to know you better and meet new friends,” Kotan said. “I am honored to have the opportunity to work with Bishop Mueller, the Cabinet, clergy, laity, and congregations in church revitalization and creating new places for new people to know Jesus Christ.”

As part of Kotan’s position, she will serve on the Conference cabinet and the Conference appointive cabinet. The Center for Reaching New People and the Center for Vitality will combine under Kay’s leadership.

Bishop Gary Mueller shared, “I am excited that Kay has said yes to this call. She brings excellent, hands-on experience to pastors and laity to grow vital congregations for Christ. Her impressive record of clergy, laity and congregational coaching will help inspire spiritual revival in the local churches of the Arkansas conference.”

Kotan is married to her husband of 26 years, Bob, and is the mother of her 23-year-old son, Cameron.