DAYTON, OHIO, September 14, 2018 — Dr. Kent Millard, President of United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, announced that Dr. Rosario Picardo has been named Director of The Pohly Center for Supervision and Leadership Formation, a part of the Seminary’s non-degree programs.
Rosario (Roz) describes himself as “a very regular dude that God has entrusted with a vision for ministering to the people of Dayton.” He grew up in western New York as a first-generation Sicilian-American. In 2003, he earned his B.A. 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.
Roz 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. His commitment to the Church has led him to serve as a custodian, an associate pastor, a church planter, and many roles in between. During his ministry, he has had his car stolen, his tires slashed, his house vandalized, and his life threatened because of his dedication to carrying out his call.
He now brings his love for the local church and those who lead it into his new role as Director of United’s Pohly Center for Supervision and Leadership Formation. The Pohly Center supports the lifelong education of pastors, church leaders and clergy of all denominations through workshops, seminars and two signature courses on theological leadership.
Dr. Picardo is also the Executive Pastor of New Church Development at Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church in Tipp City, Ohio, and one of the founding pastors at Mosaic, a new multicultural church in Dayton, Ohio, that recently celebrated its first year in the community. He 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). He has two books coming out before the end of 2018, Don’t Look Down (Discipleship Resources and Upper Room) and From Franchise to Local Dive (Market Square Publishing).
“United Theological Seminary is excited to have Dr. Picardo on board with his vast experience in organizational leadership and leadership development in all facets of the life of the Church over the last fifteen years,” said Dr. Peter Bellini, Director of Non-Degree Programs at United. “We expect the same success with United’s historic Pohly Center.”
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.