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The Episcopal Assignments and the Departmental Chairs for the 2018-2022 Quadrennium
Ministry to Men
Bishop C. James King, Jr.
Bishop Marvin Frank Thomas, Sr.
Evangelism & Missions
Bishop Bobby R. Best
Ministers' Spouses, Widows and Widowers
Bishop Godwin T. Umoette
Patron Bishop of the Women's Missionary Council and Communication and Information Technology (CIT)
Bishop James B. Walker
Chair: Bishop Kenneth W. Carter
Vice Chair: Bishop Sylvester Williams, Sr.
Ecumenical Officer and Endorsing Officer
Bishop Teresa Jefferson-Snorton
Bishop Thomas L. Brown, Sr.
Bishop Henry M. Williamson, Sr.
Senior Bishop Lawrence Reddick
8th Episcopal District: Senior Bishop Lawrence Reddick
1st Episcopal District: Bishop Henry Williamson
6th Episcopal District: Bishop Thomas L. Brown, Sr.
11th Episcopal District: Bishop Kenneth Carter
7th Episcopal District: Bishop James B. Walker
3rd Episcopal District: Bishop Sylvester Williams, Sr.
5th Episcopal District; Bishop Teresa Jefferson-Snorton
10th Episcopal District; Bishop Godwin T. Umoette
9th Episcopal District: Bishop Bobby R. Best
2nd Episcopal District: Bishop Marvin F. Thomas
4th Episcopal District; Bishop C. James King, Jr.
After a General Conference
By Senior Bishop Lawrence Reddick
Dear C.M.E. Family,
For seven days, CMEs met in Birmingham, Alabama, for the 39th General Conference of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. We labelled it “the 38th Quadrennial Session and the 39th General Conference” because (1) we count the first General Conference in 1870 as the first quadrennial session, and because (2) we count a special “called” General Conference of 1873 as one in the number of total General Conferences. In almost 148 years of existence, the CME Church has only had 39 General Conferences!
Persons elected delegates and alternate delegates to the General Conference are among the privileged. One must be elected by persons in the Annual Conference to represent that Annual Conference in the General Conference. (The East Texas Annual Conference, for example, has 68 ministers in full connection and 69 churches, but with that number, only qualifies for 8 clergy and 8 lay delegates to the General Conference.)
General Conferences do many things. General Conferences elect bishops; elect Judicial Council members and general officers; set policies for the denomination that result in position statements and also in regulations printed in The Book of Discipline; General Conferences hear and approve reports of bishops and general officers and, in some cases, other connectional leaders.
The following paragraphs present – in a very limited way – a summary of some of the things done in Birmingham. It is not intended to be “full” but, in this medium, brief.
The 2018 General Conference heard several sermons during worship, heard the message from the College of Bishops to the denomination (the “College of Bishops” is the official gathering of the bishops as the church’s general superintendents), elected general officers and Judicial Council members, passed new rules and regulations for The Book of Discipline. The General Conference did not elect any bishops (the last General Conference which did not elect bishops was in 1990).
Two new general officers were elected: Dr. Pené G. Woods was elected to the office of Executive Secretary; and the Rev. Leon C. Moore, Jr., was elected to the office of General Secretary of Evangelism and Missions. Dr. Woods replaced Dr. Jeanette Bouknight as Executive Secretary; and Rev. Moore replaced the Rev. Dr. Faith Allen as General Secretary of Evangelism and Missions.
Several Judicial Council members were elected to an 8-year term (some of whom were re-elected): Atty. Shirley C. Byers, Atty. Bernard Snell (re-elected), Rev. Jerry D. Woodfork (re-elected), Rev. Lawson Adjei (re-elected), Justice Bertina E. Lampkin (re-elected), Dr. Lynda Brown-Wright (re-elected), Mrs. Barbara Nichols (re-elected), and Rev. Russell O. Fuller, Sr. They join the Rev. Roland Johnson, Jr., who is at the mid-point of his 8-year term, having been re-elected in 2014. (Justice Juanita Bryant retired from the Court at this General Conference.)
The focus of the Episcopal Address, prepared and delivered by Bishop Bobby R. Best for the College of Bishops, was on moving forward by concentrating on the basics – basics in areas such as evangelism, church planting, and Christian education. We will probably see more on the theme as the quadrennial (now until summer 2022) plays out.
On the last day, bishops were appointed to their respective episcopal areas of supervision, as follows. Most bishops were re-appointed to the areas they were previously serving. The exceptions were: Bishop Thomas L. Brown, Sr., was appointed to serve the Sixth Episcopal District (Georgia Regions); Bishop Kenneth W. Carter was appointed to serve Haiti, as well as several eastern and southern Africa Regions in the Eleventh Episcopal District; and Bishop C. James King, Jr., was appointed to serve the Fourth Episcopal District (Mississippi and Louisiana Regions).
After a General Conference, we begin a new quadrennium. We are in a state of “newness”: new themes, new emphases, new leadership on many levels, new plans and new expectations in many respects. “Behold,” says the Scripture, “I make all things new.” Let us all pray for the new aspects of the new quadrennium (four year period) to be God sent and God focused. Communion on the first day of July in 2018 might be a good way to start this new time!
+ Lawrence L. Reddick III