Rev. Dr. Gil Rendle
Rev. Dr. Gil Rendle lives in Haverford, Pennsylvania. Rendle is a retired Senior Vice President and part-time Consultant with The Texas Methodist Foundation in Austin, Texas and as an independent consultant working with issues of change and leadership in denominations. Prior to this position he served the Alban Institute as an author, seminar leader and senior consultant for twelve years. An ordained United Methodist minister, Rendle served as senior pastor of two urban congregations in Pennsylvania for sixteen years and as a denominational consultant for The United Methodist Church for nine years. Rendle has an extensive background in organizational development, group and systems theory, and leadership development. He has consulted with congregations on planning, staff and leadership development, and issues of change, including work with middle judicatory and national denominational offices and staff as they wrestle with denominational and congregational change. In training workshops and conferences, Rendle has led numerous large and small groups in practical learning that directly impacts participants’ decisions and practice in their leadership roles. He is the author of ten books, a contributor to four books, and the author of numerous articles and monographs. His most recent books include Journey in the Wilderness: New Life for Mainline Churches (2010) and Back to Zero: The Search to Rediscover the Methodist Movement (2011), both published by Abingdon Press, and Doing the Math of Mission: Fruits, Faithfulness and Metrics (2014) and Quietly Courageous: Leading the Church in a Changing World, both published by Rowman & Littlefield. Rendle’s term of office as an elected director of The Fund will expire in 2025.