DAYTON, OHIO, October 26, 2018 — Bishop Gregory V. Palmer, episcopal leader of the West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church, has appointed Dr. Rosario “Roz” Picardo to serve at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, as Dean of the Chapel, effective Nov. 1, 2018. The Dean of the Chapel serves as a pastor and spiritual leader for the United community of students, faculty and staff.
“We are excited that Bishop Palmer has appointed Dr. Rosario Picardo as Dean of the Chapel,” said Dr. Kent Millard, President of United. “Dr. Picardo brings a wealth of experience as a pastor and church planter. His passion for church renewal will be a gift as he serves the United community and invests in this next generation of faithful, fruitful Christian leaders.”
Dr. Picardo grew up in western New York as a first-generation Sicilian-American. In 2003, he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Houghton College and in 2007 a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary. He graduated with a Doctor of Ministry from United Theological Seminary in 2014.
Dr. Picardo entered the ministry as a military chaplain, serving four years in the Marine Reserves and five years in the Navy Reserves. While attending seminary, he recognized a call to serve the local church and has experience in all facets of church life, through roles ranging from church custodian to associate pastor to church planter and executive pastor.
Dr. Picardo was one of the founding pastors at Mosaic, a new multicultural church in Dayton, Ohio, that recently celebrated its first year in the community. He will continue serving as a pastor at Mosaic on a volunteer basis. Dr. Picardo leads a consulting group for church planters/pastors called Picardo Coaching LLC and is the author of Embrace: A Church Plant That Broke All the Rules (Pickwick Publications), Ministry Makeover: Recovering a Theology of Bivocational Ministry (Wipf & Stock Publishers) and Funding Ministry with Five Loaves and Two Fishes (Abingdon Press). Dr. Picardo has two books forthcoming in 2019, Don’t Look Down (Discipleship Resources and Upper Room) and From Franchise to Local Dive (Market Square Publishing).
Dr. Picardo also serves as Director of the Seminary’s Pohly Center for Supervision and Leadership Formation, a mentor in United’s Doctor of Ministry program and an affiliate faculty member.
“I look forward to the new ministry opportunity that the Dean of The Chapel role will provide in serving the students, staff and faculty of United Theological Seminary,” said Dr. Picardo. “God has done so much over the last several years at the seminary, and I believe the best is yet to come. United Theological Seminary will not only be known for training pastors in the renewal of the Church but also a center of revival as we continue to welcome the power of The Holy Spirit.”
United Theological Seminary is the third largest of the thirteen United Methodist theological schools in the United States, offering accredited, innovative graduate and non-degree education programs for both clergy and laity. United’s goal is to prepare faithful, fruitful leaders who will make disciples of Jesus Christ.