Rev. Dr. Betsy Schwarzentraub is a teacher, writer and national consultant on stewardship and generosity. She has published more than a thousand articles in North American publications, is a contributing author in twelve books, and is the author of the 2012-2016 United Methodist Guidelines book, Stewardship: Nurturing Generous Living, and of Afire With God: Becoming Spirited Stewards. Currently she is writing another book, called Growing a Generous Soul.
Out of years of pastoring congregations, she came to a deep passion for stewardship and sought to teach it on a wider canvas. She has served as the Director of Stewardship for the General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church, and prior to that was a Stewardship Associate representing The United Methodist Church to teach stewardship across the United States. For more than a decade she worked directly with congregations as Director of Stewardship in California and Nevada, including recruiting and training a team of Stewardship Associates, designing and leading sixteen different workshops related to personal and congregational stewardship and generosity.
Betsy has conducted on-site consulting and website writing for foundations and churches in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Montana, Nevada, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wyoming. She served on the management team for the National Association of United Methodist Foundations from 2007 to 2010, coordinating the Faith and Generosity Focus Group for the National Association of United Methodist Foundations, and was a presenter for the 2009 United Methodist Stewardship Summit. She taught two years for the Christian Stewardship Association’s Meyer Institute for Steward Leadership and received their Outstanding Stewardship Educator Award.
Currently she serves on the Resource Editorial Board for the Ecumenical Stewardship Center, and formerly was on the Board of Directors of the Ecumenical Stewardship Center. She also is Stewardship Consultant for the California-Nevada United Methodist Foundation.
Betsy received her Doctor of Ministry from San Francisco Theological School in San Anselmo and her Masters of Divinity from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley. She and her husband are proud parents and grandparents, and love stewarding the land, horses, dogs and wildlife on their property in the Sierra Nevada foothills.