Betsy Schwarzentraub

President Gold Country Writers

Rev. Dr. Betsy Schwarzentraub
Rev. Dr. Betsy Schwarzentraub is an award-winning stewardship educator and preacher, the author of Stewardship: Nurturing Generous Living (2012), and Afire with God: Becoming Spirited Stewards (2007, 2001). She is currently working on Growing a Generous Soul: Shaping Our Lives as Stewards of God’s Grace.

She has also contributed to twelve other books. Eight were devotionals –The Upper Room Disciplines for 2013, 2002, 2000, 1997, 1995, 1993 and 1991; and the Servant Leader Journal for United Methodist Men (1999). Four more were on stewardship – The Abingdon Guide to Funding Ministry Volume 1 (1997), Volume 2 (1996), and Volume 3 (1995), and What Does God Require? Sermons on Stewardship (1994). With more than 1,000 articles published, she has written for newspapers and various denominational and ecumenical publications across the U.S. and Canada.

A national consultant and writer in Stewardship and Generosity, Betsy teaches a “Stewardship and Culture” online course for the Ecumenical Stewardship Center through After years as a pastor, she served for more than a decade as the Director of Stewardship for the California-Nevada United Methodist Foundation, and before retiring was the Director of Stewardship for her denomination. She has written for United Methodist websites across the country, and has more than 200 stewardship resource articles and blogs at

Betsy is part of the Resource Editorial Board of the Ecumenical Stewardship Center, which annually publishes Giving: Growing Joyful Stewards in Your Congregation magazine plus companion resources for congregations across North America. She has also written repeatedly for that magazine, and has represented the United Methodist Church on ESC’s Board of Directors.
Previously, she was the Religion Editor for The Davis Enterprise newspaper, and for the Delta Current, a district issue of The United Methodist Review. She served as Interim Editor and periodic guest editor for the California-Nevada Annual Conference issue of The United Methodist Review, and as editor of annual reports for the California-Nevada United Methodist Foundation.

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2016 Author’s Chat with Betsy Schwarzentraub:

Video introduction to Betsy’s online “Stewardship and Culture” course: