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2014 North Texas Annual Conference

June 1-3, 2014 at First United Methodist Church in Richardson, Texas

The North Texas Conference met June 1-3, 2014 at First United Methodist Church in Richardson, Texas.

The conference elected delegates for the 2016 General Conference.

The conference elected the following General Conference clergy delegates: The Revs. Jan Davis, First United Methodist Church in Rowlett; Clayton Oliphint, First United Methodist Church in Richardson; Jill Jackson-Sears, Lake Highlands United Methodist Church; Ron Henderson, North Central District superintendent; and Don Underwood, Christ United Methodist Church in Plano.

The conference elected the following General Conference lay delegates: Tim Crouch, First United Methodist Church in Denton; Linda Parks, conference lay leader; Kelly Carpenter, Lovers Lane United Methodist Church; Ricky Harrison, First United Methodist Church in Richardson; and Richard Hearne, University Park United Methodist Church in Dallas.

To the South Central Jurisdictional Conference, the North Texas conference elected the following clergy delegates: the Revs. Owen Ross, Christ’s Foundry in Dallas; Joe Stobaugh, Grace Avenue United Methodist Church in Frisco; Linda Greenwood, Texas Methodist Foundation; Ouida Lee, Church of the Disciple in DeSoto; Tim Morrison, Custer Road United Methodist Church in Plano.

The conference elected the following jurisdictional lay delegates: Gretchen Toler-Debus, Oak Lawn United Methodist Church in Dallas; Daniel Soliz, Elmwood United Methodist Church in Dallas; Sally Vonner, First United Methodist Church in Grand Prairie; Henry Lessner, associate conference lay leader and Timmy Clark, First United Methodist Church in Rockwall.

The conference elected the following alternate clergy delegates: the Revs. Andy Stoker, First United Methodist Church in Dallas; Derek Jacobs, The Village in DeSoto and Holly Bandel, Creekwood United Methodist Church in Allen. The alternate lay delegates are Herman Totten, Trinity United Methodist Church in Denton; Serena Eckert, conference secretary of global ministries; and Don Wiley, Lovers Lane United Methodist Church in Dallas.

The North Texas Conference also welcomed two new churches to the conference. Since the Rio Grande and Southwest Texas Conferences are forming one new conference, churches beyond the Southwest Texas borders were given the option to request to be a part of the conference in which they are geographically located.

North Texas welcomed Agape Memorial United Methodist Church (pastor Juan Osario), known for their service to the community, and Casa Emanu El (pastor Ella Luna), a truly multi-cultural and bilingual community.  Both churches bring with them a rich history of living out the Wesleyan Way.

While White Rock United Methodist Church in Hunt County closed, "This church will live again as a legacy church. The funds from the sale of the church will be used to fund new churches."

Two resolutions were passed at the close of the annual conference:

  • The resolution to prevent the Institute on Religion and Democracy from continued use of contact information belonging to the local churches of the North Texas Conference. The conference voted to demand that the IRD and any other entity that subsequently purchased from the IRD the contact information purchased by the IRD from UMR Connections, Inc. cease and desist use of said information.

  • The resolution to call upon all local churches and lay members of the annual conference to pressure their local and state representatives to work toward abolition of the death penalty in Texas, and clergy members of the annual conference to sign the Clergy Sign-On Letter sponsored by the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and Texas Impact, to call upon the Texas Parole Board and governor to commute the sentences of people currently on death row to life in prison without parole or to life in prison.

Worship attendance in the conference has declined from 60,010 in 2012 to 57,896 in 2013.

— Sheron Patterson