Finance officer brings wealth of experiences
When Rev. Dan Wilson-Fey takes over as the new Conference Treasurer and Pension and Health Benefits Officer in June, he will be able to say that he knows the Oregon-Idaho Conference. He was born in Oregon and grew up in Beaverton, Tigard and Albany. Serving churches in all four conference districts, on the Board of Ordained Ministry, and as an international missionary have given him a wealth of experiences.
Wilson-Fey has spent 24 years in service to Oregon and Idaho communities. His first appointment was to the Drain and Yoncalla United Methodist churches (now merged into the Hope UMC). This was followed by eight years at Southside Boulevard UMC in Nampa, Idaho; four years as a missionary in Honduras; eight years in Forest Grove; and his current appointment in Lake Oswego. He is a graduate of Willamette University (B.A. Biology and Environmental Science) and Pacific School of Religion (M. Div.).
While serving in Honduras, Wilson-Fey gained useful experience with management and personnel. As the Area Financial Executive for the General Board of Global Ministries, he managed accounting systems and funds for the church, land purchases, and hired staff. This not only gives him financial skills, but also makes him uniquely qualified to interpret to churches across the conference how their donations to mission projects and The Advance are cared for and put to use.
“I love creating conditions for people to succeed and thrive in living out their call to ministry in Jesus’ name. Helping to foster such an environment by consistently providing relevant, accurate, and complete information and analysis from the Treasurer’s office is work to which I feel called.” He shares, “I view my work as helping to enable all within the Annual Conference to live out our mission to grow healthy, vital congregations that change lives and transform communities.”
Wilson-Fey lives in Tualatin, Oregon with his wife Kathy. Sons Max and Noah are both Oregon State Beavers. Max graduated last year and is seeking a position where he can use his Ecological Engineering degree. Noah is a sophomore, on the debate team, and has a summer job lined up at Glacier National Park.
Kathy Wilson-Fey is a Care Coordinator for the Hillsboro School District, providing support for families needing mental health and other community services. She also is a suicide prevention trainer.
Dan and Kathy enjoy being outdoors, hiking, camping and bird watching. Dan also lists good food, good wine, art, and music among his interests. Vacation this year will find them back at Glacier National Park, where they met. Spain and Mexico also call to them, where they can use their Spanish language skills.
Looking ahead to starting the position in June, Dan comments, “I am excited to work with the staff in the Treasurer’s office, and all the Conference staff and leaders, to provide a solid financial and support framework for living out our denominational, Conference and local church missions of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”
Wilson-Fey will have one month of overlapping time with current Treasurer and Benefits Officer Belinda Denicola to learn the ropes. Denicola has resigned to allow her to move to her home state of Louisiana and be with family.