1703: A Faith Collaborative and UMC LEAD are excited to announce that Rev. Courtney McHill will be our next Executive Director, on a part time basis.

Rev. McHill, an ordained elder in our United Methodist connection, moved from Portland, Oregon to Berlin, Germany to follow her heart after walking the Camino de Santiago in 2017.  She grew up in Lebanon, OR and is still connected to the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference.  While not in pastoral church ministry currently, after four very different pastor appointments ranging from large churches to a new church start, she continues to write about life in Berlin, ministry in the world, and how God continually shows up.  She is passionate about walking alongside the houseless and those marginalized.  During the pandemic she preached for many different churches in many ways and served a church in Portland, OR as resident pastoral counselor online. She blogs at pastorcourt.com if you want to see what she is up to. Courtney is excited to be a part of the 1703 team!

Courtney will be working with our board of directors and our dedicated group of volunteers to guide the mission of 1703, which is to help individuals, leaders, and organizations cultivate purpose, compassion, and community. One of 1703’s primary ways of doing this is through the LEAD Conference and UMC LEAD’s leadership development programs. UMC LEAD creates space for Christian leaders to be vulnerable and courageous, connects them around their hopes for the future, and equips them to bring those hopes into reality.

Please join us in welcoming Courtney to the team!