The Alabama-West Florida Conference and Communities of Transformation (COT) are excited to announce the hiring of a new Conference Director of COT, Ms. Katy Wrona. A leadership team from the conference and COT interviewed several talented and experienced applicants. Katy emerged as the leading candidate with the skills, passion, and spiritual maturity to expand this ministry and continue the excellence that Fred and Laurel Blackwell brought to COT from its inception. The Alabama-West Florida Conference is very thankful for the Blackwells’ service and leadership in the conference and especially grateful to Fred for his continued leadership of COT after Laurel’s death in November 2017.
Katy served as a Global Mission Fellow through the United Methodist Church’s General Board of Global Ministries from 2014 to 2016 in Mobile, AL. Since coming to Alabama through this program, she has worked to launch and develop the Mobile COT site as well as extensive grant writing and management for COT. Katy has also coordinated the QuadW Missional Internship program in the Mobile area and worked with youth and children’s ministries at Crawford UMC, St. John UMC, and Georgetown-Chunchula UMC. Katy is an active member of Mobile United’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and Ignite Mobile Inc. She is also a member of St. John UMC.
She received her bachelor’s degree from Lycoming College.
Communities of Transformation exists to move families toward self-sufficiency and away from instability, isolation, and dependence through the building of relationships. This ministry works with the poor, not to or for the poor, to transform lives and communities. As an initiative of the Alabama-West Florida Conference, this ministry can transform the Church and empower people to become better disciples of Jesus Christ. The conference staff is excited to deepen the partnership with Communities of Transformation to seek to develop new sites in Florida and continue to engage more people throughout the conference in this ministry.
To learn more about COT visit www.communitiesoftransformation.org.