Conference hires new Chancellor

A United Methodist attorney and Temple University alumnus, who specializes in nonprofit organizational law among other fields, will be the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference’s new Chancellor, a position that provides leaders with legal counsel, effective January 1, 2018.

A search committee has selected Matthew Morley, of KLM Attorneys, LLC, to initially work alongside and eventually succeed current Chancellor/Legal Counsel Rob Shoemaker, who is preparing to retire.

Morley, an active member of Grove UMC, lives with his family in West Chester. He will be presented to the 2018 Annual Conference session next June for approval of his appointment.

A recognized and frequent trial expert in complex retirement schemes, Morley also specializes in executive compensation, nonprofit law and advising political and organizational clients. The conference search committee that selected him from applicants for the position included members of the Cabinet, Board of Trustees, Human Resources and Executive Staff.

With a B.A. degree in Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy from James Madison College at Michigan State University, Morley earned his Juris Doctorate from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, where he received the James E. Beasley full-tuition merit scholarship. While at Temple, he served as a graduate teaching consultant for the Fox School of Business and received several awards for his written and oral advocacy.

Morley strongly believes that persons of faith should utilize their talents and energy to better their communities.  For that reason, he serves on several volunteer committees through the Pennsylvania Bar Association, his church, and other local political and social organizations.

He is very excited for this new opportunity to put his legal and professional skills to work to support the Conference and The United Methodist Church.