2016 Red Bird Missionary Conference
The 48th gathering of the Red Bird Missionary Conference occurred April 30 at Booneville United Methodist Church and Family Life Center in Booneville, Kentucky.
Bishop G. Lindsey Davis, leading his final session of Annual Conference, preached the opening worship service, which included recognition of members of local churches, mission institution employees and volunteers, and clergy who died during the last year. A moving remembrance of the Rev. Greg Wingo, who passed suddenly, took place during this service.
Bishop Davis led the conference in a one-day business session. The Rev. Farley Stuart, conference superintendent, preached at the Mission Night service, where close to $5,000 was collected for the support and work of Drs. Lynn and Sharon Fogleman, former doctors in the Red Bird Missionary Conference, in South Sudan. During this service, Mary Ann Combs was recognized as the recipient of the Denman Evangelism Award for Laity. Discipleship Ministries also recognized Annville, Mary Helen, Mill Creek, Faith, Jacks Creek, New Springs, Thousandsticks and Stoney Fork United Methodist Church for growth over the last year.
During the business session, the Conference was greeted by host pastor, the Rev. Kevin Baker. The Rev. Charles Jack was elected as the alternate clergy delegate to Jurisdictional Conference to fill the vacancy created by Wingo’s passing. The Rev. Robert Amundsen was elected as the new conference secretary. The Conference also had a time of prayer for the delegates to General and Jurisdictional Conference and reaffirmed the nomination of the Rev. Farley Stuart for the episcopacy in the Southeast Jurisdiction from last Annual Conference.
The Conference also learned about the restart of United Methodist Men; the Annual Volunteer In Mission Trip in February, where the team went to South Carolina to help with the recovery from last year’s storms; and celebrated and prayed with Amundsen and his son, Jordyn, as they will be representing our Conference on the Kentucky Conference’s annual mission trip to Honduras in June. The Conference Council on Finance and Administration shared that it appears for this year that the Conference will have its fourth consecutive year of being within its budget.
This year, we said farewell to Bishop Davis (retirement) and Stuart (end of service) for their leadership, and to the Rev. Dan Griffiths (retirement), the Rev. Rebecca Wingo (transfer to West Ohio Conference), the Rev. Kevin Baker (move back to Kentucky Conference), and the Rev. Tony Campbell (move back to North Alabama Conference). We have been truly blessed and grateful for these wonderful servants who came and served their season of time here in the Red Bird Missionary Conference.
—The Rev. Robert Amundsen, Conference Secretary