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
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
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