Church Name: Rockport
Share any relevant background information including leadership experience both within the church and in other areas of your life.
I started going to the Methodist church when I was in Junior High, I participated in our local UMYF and a short time on the Conference UMYF. I have been on many committees within the church, PPRC, nominations, church education, finance, worship team, and administrative council. I am starting my third year as Lay Leader within my local church. For three years I have been the director of the laboratory at the hospital I am employed. I am fortunate to work with a leadership team that strives to live by servant leadership. I have been attending the Missouri hospital Association’s Leadership Series this past year. This conference has focused much time on servant leadership.
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 have participated in several mission activities over the past 20 years and have passed this importance on to my children. Currently I have started taking the Lay Servant Training classes to become a Certified Lay Servant. I have my quiet and prayerful time. This time gives me a chance to pray for those in need around me and to celebrate the joys that have come in my life. It has also brought discernment to many questions, especially deciding on putting my bid in for lay delegate for General Conference. There are many things that I have felt the hand of God nudge me through prayer, but I have felt a very strong nudge after many prayers over this election.
Why do you seek election as a lay delegate representing the Missouri Conference?
I love my church. I have followed the General Conference since 2012 and I have been listening to very hate filled comments over issues within our church. Truthfully after hearing this type of hate at a place that should be filled with love and discernment, even within disagreement, I considered leaving the church. I decided not to do that and here I am. This would be my small part to try and bring peace, love and understanding to fellow delegates for those that I am representing through my annual conference.
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”?
To truly make disciples, you must walk the walk. My hope is that people will see my faith through my actions and be called to discipleship. Being part of the General Conference is one such action. If we believe in Jesus Christ and act in Christlike behaviors, we will transform the world.
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?
When electing new bishops, I believe they should be faith filled for discernment for the issues that we face in our world. But, I also want to see excitement within the person for leading and making decisions that will bring true welcoming, and inclusiveness of all persons within our church into the future for the global church.