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David V.W. Owen's Biography

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The Rev. David V. W. Owen, 58, serves the Indiana Area of The United Methodist Church as executive assistant to Bishop Michael J. Coyner.

He was born in San Jose, Calif. and moved with his family to southwest Indiana at the age of four. He considers Lyons, Ind. his hometown.

Owen is a graduate of Indiana State University with a bachelor's degree in sociology and of Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Ky. (M.Div.).

He was ordained an Elder in the South Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church in 1976. He has served United Methodist churches at Lewis and Shady Grove, the Little York-Zion-Vienna parish, Jacobs Chapel, Acton and Christ UMC in Westfield. He also has served as chaplain at the University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis East District Superintendent and Director of Congregational Development for the South Indiana Conference.

Beyond his pastoral and administrative duties, Owen has served the conference's Board of Pensions and Board of Higher Education and Ministry, the boards of the Franklin United Methodist Community and the Glenburn Home in Linton, Ind. and as a clergy delegate to the General and Jurisdictional Conferences of The United Methodist Church in 2000.

His deep love of mission and ministry combined with his strong interest in pastoral counseling led him to develop a long term training program in trauma counseling with the Liberia Annual Conference in Africa. His first team trained 79 Liberian pastors and teachers in basic trauma counseling techniques. That program continues as the West African Trauma Team (WATTS) under the auspices of Operation Classroom.

Owen is an avid sailor and bicyclist. With his wife June, they have participated in a number of Volunteer In Mission programs and enjoy participating on a regular basis. His favorite snack food is peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, which he claims he could eat every day.