Donna Almond

Church Name: Lake Wappapello (Wappapello)

Share any relevant background information including leadership experience both within the church and in other areas of your life.

I have been a physician in poplar bluff for 28 years and have been involved in various leadership roles. I have also served on the Missouri Board of Healing Arts for a five year term. I have served on several medical missions and recently went with my district to Puerto Rico.

Describe your personal practices of intentional faith development that strengthen your spiritual engagement with God and your capacity for fruitful leadership in the church.

I spend time daily in reading the word ,meditating and in prayer. I attend church at lake wappapello umc and also attend the gathering in St. Louis where I also have a home. I pray that this is where God is leading me and believe I can be a useful leader

Why do you seek election as a lay delegate representing the Missouri Conference?

It is important to our church and Methodist to be a welcoming church for Christ. I feel it is imperative in our time to lead in that direction

How will your involvement in General Conference 2020 support the church to fulfill the mission “to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world”?

Leading by example is better than any reading can do. I believe in being a doer of the word and not a hearer only

Since the primary focus for Jurisdictional Conference is to elect new bishops, what qualifications do you think the church needs in its future episcopal leaders?

To exemplify Christ in all ways