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2014 Texas Annual Conference

May 24-28, 2014 in downtown Houston

Name of conference: Texas Annual Conference      

Dates of conference gathering: May 24, 2014 – May 28, 2014

Location of conference gathering: Hilton Americas in Downtown Houston

Officiating bishop: Bishop Janice Riggle Huie

Guest speakers: The Revs. Sue Nilson Kibbey and Olu Brown

Memorable points or quotes by speakers: The Episcopal Address asked conference members to question how they are responding to challenges facing the conference churches today: the changing face of Texas that is now a majority-minority populated state; the fact that millennials (14-34 year-olds)are the largest generation in U.S. history and they as a group view the church as irrelevant; Christians are reluctant to share our faith story — we are willing to share what we do in missions and in service to the community but are hesitant to share WHY we do it.

The Rev. Olu Brown suggested that we need to focus on relationships not memberships and use our spaces and our resources to reach out and build relationships.

The Rev. Sue Nilson Kibbey related stories from her conference about the impact of leadership and the power of congregations praying together to discern God’s call to their church.

Main actions enacted and resolutions adopted by the conference:

There were 10 resolutions grouped into 4 actions that were presented discussed and voted on. All had to do with human sexuality, ordination and the performance of same-sex marriages in the church. The vote results are detailed on our website. Watch here

Clergy statistics (number and average age for each group):

Provisional deacon: 8, average age 45 

Ordained deacon: 36, average age 54                               

Provisional elder: 35, average age 35             

Ordained elder: 456, average age 52

Received into associate membership: 8, average age 63  

Licensed local pastors: 83, average age 51                                              

Retired: 442, average age 75                                           

2014 Deceased Clergy & Spouses

Marvin Dean Agnew

Anne Marie Barrow, spouse of Emmitt C. Barrow

Cleo W. Bonner, spouse of Clifton N. Bonner

Ruby E. W. Box, spouse of Donald Ray Box

Raye Lott Brown, spouse of Norman Stanford Brown

Francis C. Cady, Jr.

Ann W. Cady, spouse of Francis C. Cady, Jr.

Leona Doris Dade, spouse of Robert R. Dade

Doris C. Davis, spouse of Ernest J. Davis, Jr.

Audrey T. Dyer, spouse of Carleton Stanford Dyer

Joye Lee Eckols, spouse of Glen Elwood Eckols

Bruce W. Felker

Frances J. Fletcher, spouse of George M. Fletcher

Capri Garretson Grimes

Charles Gibbs, Sr., spouse of Marquette Gibbs

Dixie K. Hargraves, spouse of Marvin Wayne Hargraves

Don Landon Huckeba

Irene Wolcox Hynson, spouse of Henry Fred Hynson

Kenneth E. Johnson

James Lee Killen, Jr.

Frederick W. Marsh

Leonard Negrin

Richard Palmer

Robert Wesley Pierce

Robert Brown Porter, Jr.

Ahleene Reavis, spouse of Lewis A. Reavis, Jr.

Joshua Daniel Remy, spouse of Doretta Christine Remy

Betty Lou Robb, spouse of Royce Pugh Robb

William F. Roberts

J. Dean Robinson

Roland Truman Scales

Roxann Schulte

Terry Lynn Myers

Fannie Lou Sutton, spouse of J. Otis Sutton

Ethel Godbey Tucker, spouse of Lewis Edwin Tucker

John H. Vawter

Derwin Fred Walker

Charles McDonald White

Charles Wesley Williams

Conference statistics: 2013

Membership stands at 285,944, up 1,738 from the previous year.

Worship attendance stands at 104,375, down 1,484.

Average Church school attendance stands at 40,149, down 1,895.

Professions of faith stand at 5,010, down 109.

Baptisms stand at 2,731, down 1,131.

— Paula Arnold, Texas Conference director of communications