The Bishop Bruce Ough Innovation Center honors the legacy of Bishop Bruce Ough, who guided and supported creative ministries through his ministry as a bishop of The United Methodist Church. Launched in honor of his retirement, the Innovation Center also continues United Theological Seminary’s commitment to providing innovative theological education. Bishop Ough continues to serve the Church as Executive Director of the Council of Bishops.
The Bishop Bruce Ough Innovation Center will provide learning opportunities to resource church leaders and congregations with creative, practical, effective tools for unleashing God’s Church as the spiritual movement of Jesus Christ. One of the core initiatives will be 18-month congregational renewal cohorts for pastors and lay teams centered on breakthrough prayer and equipping possibilities. Pastors will also have the opportunity to pursue a Doctor of Ministry degree at United with a project tied to the work their church is doing in their Innovation Center cohort. The Innovation Center will also offer webinars, events, and online resources throughout the year to go beyond the trends and share what innovative church leaders are actually doing about them. The goal of this center is to become a hub of innovation.
Rev. Sue Nilson Kibbey - Director
Rev. Sue Nilson Kibbey has been named the center’s inaugural director. An ordained elder in The United Methodist Church, Rev. Kibbey shares her passions for breakthrough prayer, missional movements and spiritual renewal as a speaker, coach and congregational consultant. For the past 10 years, she has served as Director of the Office of Missional Church Development for the West Ohio Conference of The UMC.