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New Communications Director

Madison, N.J.: The General Commission on Archives and History (GCAH) announced today that James (Jay) Rollins of New York City has been named Director of Communications, effective July 29. Jay was enthusiastically welcomed by the Commission at their annual meeting.

“GCAH is extremely pleased and very fortunate to have someone of Jay's excellent experience in the field of communications join our team of historians and archivists,” said Fred Day, General Secretary. “As keepers of the United Methodist Church’s DNA, we are excited about the ways Jay will assist in pulling history off the stacks and shelves and into the hearts, minds, and souls of United Methodists everywhere. This will continue to inspire and build-up the identity and ethos of the Church. “

Rollins comes with more than 8 years of experience in communications and marketing with the General Board of Global Ministries and the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). He was responsible for managing branding, marketing, advertising, social media and communications strategy. With UMCOR, he witnessed the work of the church in more than 20 developing countries—from the border of Syria to the youngest country of South Sudan.

"It is an honor to join the General Commission on Archives and History and share the stories of the rich heritage of the UMC,” said Rollins. “I look forward to working with the team at the United Methodist Archives and History Center as we learn the lessons from our past to guide our future."

Rollins is a graduate of Rutgers University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is currently pursuing a Masters of Journalism and Mass Communication with Kent State University.

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Photo caption: Rollins, on a trip with the United Methodist Committee on Relief, visits with a young beneficiary from the Old Mutare orphanage in 2012.

Photo credit: UMCOR staff