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2012 Peninsula-Delaware Annual Conference

Peninsula-Delaware Annual Conference
June 7-9, 2012, Princess Anne, Md.

The Peninsula-Delaware Annual Conference was held at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, June 7-9, 2012. Bishop Peggy Johnson welcomed clergy and laity to the 228th session of the Conference. The Rev. Adam Hamilton led the Conference in three teaching sessions based on his book "Leading Beyond the Walls." The Conference theme was "New Faces, New Places." The Rev. DJ del Rosario from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, Division of Ordained Ministry, preached at the opening worship service celebration, which included Holy Communion.

At the Celebration of Ministry fifth-year anniversaries of those ordained were recognized, those who were to be commissioned and ordained were presented, and those who were retiring at this session of the Annual Conference were honored. Each of the retirees spoke to the Annual Conference by a video that had been prepared beforehand.

The Conference was recognized for paying 100 percent of its General Church Apportionment for 26 consecutive years.

The Rev. Dr. Sandra Steiner Ball, Director of Connectional Ministries, was nominated by the General Conference Delegation and endorsed by the Conference for the position of Bishop.

In legislative action the Conference:

  • raised its minimum salaries by 4 percent,
  • passed resolutions clarifying the Conference's position on Health/Dental coverage for those on incapacity leave,
  • allowed churches to make their campuses smoke free, and
  • updated its Safe Sanctuaries Policy.

It also passed a balanced budget of $5,750,000, the same as 2012.

On Saturday morning Bishop Peggy Johnson led the early risers on the second annual Health Walk. At the ordination service Bishop Johnson, assisted by retired Bishop Violet Fisher, commissioned two to the order of Deacon, eight for the order of elder and ordained eight to the order of Elder. 17 Clergy retired.

Membership stands at 86,332, a decrease of 1,051 from the previous year. Average attendance in all worship services was 32,989, a decrease of 1,026.

John W. Van Tine, Conference Secretary