Rev. April Casperson has been named Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church. She will begin her new position on October 16. Casperson, a deacon of The United Methodist Church, is no stranger to the work as she served as Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Lead Team of West Ohio’s Connectional Ministries.
“I am so excited about the opportunity to serve in this new role as West Ohio's Director of Diversity and Inclusion. In a changing world, our annual conference covers a vast array of diversity, including geographic, theological, racial/ethnic, gender and generational diversity. West Ohio is already showing the world how Christ is present across differences, and we have more opportunities right in front of us. I am looking forward to working with congregations across the conference to spread the grace of Christ,” she said.
Casperson began attending a United Methodist Church when she was a teenager, and as a young adult she began serving as an associate pastor at Asbury South United Methodist Church in Columbus, Ohio. Eventually, as she moved into the deacon track for ordination, she transitioned to Deacon in Residence at Asbury South. In 2016, Casperson began serving at Crossroads United Methodist Church in Columbus. Casperson has been active at the denominational level organizing call discernment events with young adults across various cultural identities.
Casperson currently serves as Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Methodist Theological School in Ohio, and Chair of the West Ohio Board of Ordained Ministry.She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Otterbein University, a Master of Divinity and Master of Theological Studies from MTSO, and has completed doctoral coursework in higher education administration at Ohio University.
“I’m excited that April will be joining our staff, because she possesses a deep faith and believes that God’s Spirit calls and equips us to share the love of Christ with the neighbors God has given us. She possesses strong leadership skills and an openness to hearing and valuing the gifts present within all parts of our annual conference,” said Rev. Dee Stickley-Miner, Director of Connectional Ministries.
Casperson and her husband, Zac, are the parents of a daughter, Chapin.