We are thrilled to announce that Diane Ward has been hired as the first executive director of Project Transformation North Georgia!

As a lifelong United Methodist, Diane Ward began laying the groundwork for Project Transformation North Georgia on a volunteer basis during her time at Candler School of Theology. She discovered her passion for inner-city ministry during her first summer internship with Project Transformation North Texas in 2013. Her desire for helping children learn how to read only grew stronger during her part-time service year at the Project Transformation’s after school program. During her second summer internship, Diane experienced a call to work as Project Transformation staff, but had no idea it would be in North Georgia. In the spring of 2015, the spirit directed Diane to attend the Candler School of Theology and it was during her time there that she discerned God’s call to start a chapter in North Georgia. Diane then went back to PT North Texas serving as a House Pastor and discovered her passion in assisting young adults to discern their vocation. During her time in seminary, Diane and other local alumni, began to reach out to area churches and Methodist leadership, raising seed money and assembling a launch team, hoping she could one day find a full time role in this new ministry.

“I am excited and humbled to be selected as the first executive director of Project Transformation North Georgia,” Diane said. “I am looking forward to learning more about the churches and communities in North Georgia. Last week I sat with a middle schooler who could not read, which increased my eagerness to find ways in which to equip this child and many others to be able to read on level and beyond. Lastly, I cannot wait for people to see our ministry for the first time. It is a privilege to be witness to the many ways in which God transforms the lives of those around me!”

Diane is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington with a bachelor’s degree in University Studies with concentrations in business, social work and communications. Diane is also a graduate of Candler School of Theology with a Master’s of Divinity. Diane is currently seeking ordination as an elder in the United Methodist Church.