Jorge Lockward, the Global Praise Program Director for the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM), was the guest worship leader at the 2014 Annual Conference over the weekend. Supported by a 10-piece house band of Iowans from United Methodist churches around the state, he led the members of the conference in singing favorite hymns and praise songs, interspersing music from faith communities around the world.
He was invited by Bishop Julius C. Trimble to act as a spiritual guide for the conference. So, in addition to leading our formal times of worship, he provided opportunities for prayer, recreation, and celebration in response to the activities of the Annual Conference as the Holy Spirit led.
An employee of the GBGM, Jorge Lockward is an example of our General Church apportionments at work. He travels the world to work with church leaders and to learn from them. His teaching ministry extends to Union Theological Seminary where he lectures on worship. Born and raised in the Dominican Republic, he now lives in New York City. He has been a contributor to and editor of several collections of Global Praise music and supplementary resources.