Two more 'Exceptional Worship' services for special needs children and adults are set for March and May

published 3/8/2017
A monthly worship ministry for special needs children and adults is being well received and its organizers are inviting others to participate before the first year comes to a close. Exceptional Worship was started in September 2016 by a committee of ten lay servants in the Memphis Conference’s Mississippi River District. The third Sunday of every month (April excluded), adult and youth lay servants have been leading one-hour, praise-filled worship services from 2 to 3 p.m. Special needs ...

Western Obion County United Methodist Cooperative Parish in Mississippi River District is offering seven Lenten worship services during April

published 3/7/2017
The six churches of the Western Obion County United Methodist Cooperative Parish in northwest Tennessee in the Mississippi River District are together offering seven opportunities for Lenten worship during April.   The parish consists of Cobb Chapel, Hornbeak, Mt. Manuel, Obion Chapel, Troy and Zion United Methodist Churches.   Below is the schedule with dates, times and locations of worship services:   Sunday, April 2, 6 p.m. The First Word from the Cross – Luke 23:34 Troy United Methodist ...

Collierville UMC youth will sell breakfast, lunch & refreshments during 2017 Memphis Annual Conf.

published 3/6/2017
Breakfast, lunch and refreshments will be available for sale during the 2017 Memphis Annual Conference, scheduled for June 4-6, at Collierville United Methodist Church in Collierville, Tennessee. Concessions will sold in the church’s servery by Collierville UMC youth with proceeds to go to their missions and trips. Breakfast items will be available each morning and lunch will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. each day. Concessions will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Snacks and ...

Lindia Speer is available to present 'Voice, Power and Potential,' a program about women of the Bible

published 3/6/2017
Lindia Williams Speer, a member of Alamo First United Methodist Church in Alamo, Tennessee, in the Mississippi River District, and member of United Methodist Women, is available to churches and groups in the Memphis Conference to present a program she has written. Her program is titled "Voice, Power and Potential" and subtitled, "Women of The Bible: No More Silence." Speer has presented the program at churches in the Mississippi River District and is prepared to adapt her program, based on ...

Pinkston is contributor to Spring/Summer issue of preaching & worship journal for collegiate ministry

published 3/6/2017
By Lane Gardner Camp, Director of Communications, Memphis Conference Rev. Rick Pinkston, executive director of the Wesley Foundation (campus ministry) at the University of Memphis, is a contributor for a second time to a new campus ministry publication, The Term: A Word for the Campus by the Campus. Issued semiannually by the United Methodist General Board of Higher Education's division on Collegiate Ministries, The Term is a journal of preaching and worship for collegiate ministry that ...

United Methodist Men (UMM) at Northside UMC in Jackson, TN, named 'top UMM unit' in U.S. for 2017

published 3/6/2017

Martin Methodist College names Mark LaBranche next president; he takes the helm July 1

published 3/3/2017
MARTIN METHODIST COLLEGE in Pulaski, Tennessee, announced yesterday that Mark LaBranche has been named the 31st president in the institution’s 147-year history. The four-year liberal arts college is related to The United Methodist Church. CLICK HERE for March 2 story on Martin Methodist College website.

Input sought via survey for Aug. 5 children's ministry training event in Murray, KY

published 3/1/2017
Input is needed for a Memphis Conference children's ministry training event scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 5, at Murray First United Methodist Church in Murray, KY. Event organizer Kristen Schwartz, director of children's ministries at Murray First UMC, has a survey she is asking children's ministry directors and workers, volunteers and staff to complete. She said it takes five minutes. Click here to take the survey. MORE INFO Kristen Schwartz Director of Children’s Ministries Murray First ...

Memphis First UMC approves $4.1 million to build new sanctuary; 113-yr-old sanctuary burned in 2006

published 2/28/2017
  Press Release from Memphis First UMC /files/fileslibrary/press+release+-+first+umc+rebuilding+2.pdf Media Reports: WREG-TV: Memphis Daily News: Memphis Commercial Appeal:  ...

Lay servants, speakers and ministers will gather for lunch during 2017 Memphis Annual Conference

published 2/27/2017
A lay servant lunch will take place during the 2017 Memphis Annual Conference at Collierville United Methodist Church in Collierville, Tennessee. The event for active and prospective Memphis Conference lay servants, lay speakers and lay ministers is set for the lunch break on Monday, June 5, in room MC102. The cost is $5 per person for a sack lunch. CLICK HERE TO MAKE ONLINE RESERVATION  by Friday, June 2.  The lay servant lunch will include the commissioning of all lay servants, speakers ...

Martin Methodist College 'dinner' will take place during 2017 Memphis Annual Conference

published 2/27/2017
  A Martin Methodist College dinner will take place during the 2017 Memphis Annual Conference at Collierville United Methodist Church in Collierville, Tennessee. The event is scheduled for Sunday, June 4, at 5:30 p.m. in Room MC102. It's “open to all at no charge,” but reservations are required. Contact Rev. Dr. Ed Trimmer at 931-363-9864 or Martin Methodist College (MMC), located in Pulaski, Tennessee, is affiliated with The United Methodist Church. Trimmer, ...

April 19 is deadline to apply for 'Lipscomb Ministerial Scholarship' administered by Mullins UMC

published 2/25/2017
April 19 is the deadline for students to apply for scholarships from "The John and Milly Lipscomb Ministerial Scholarship Fund" administered by Mullins United Methodist Church in Memphis, Tennessee.   Applications may be received by emailing Rev. Ken Stewart, Mullins' pastor, at The purpose of the fund, said Stewart, is "to provide tuition funding for deserving students entering Christian ministry in the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church." Applicants must ...

April 1 is deadline to submit resolutions and petitions for 2017 Memphis Annual Conference

published 2/16/2017
April 1 is the deadline to submit resolutions and petitions for the 2017 Memphis Annual Conference, according to an announcement from David R. Reed, Memphis Conference lay leader.   Items should be emailed (with "resolutions and petitions" in the subject line) to Robbin McCoy at or mailed to her at Memphis Conference UMC, 24 Corporate Blvd., Jackson, TN 38305.   The 2017 Memphis Annual Conference will take place June 4-6 at Collierville United Methodist Church in Memphis,...

April 15 is deadline to apply for $2,000 music scholarship offered by Lone Oak UMC in Paducah

published 2/16/2017
April 15 is the deadline to apply for a $2,000 Anita Padgett Memorial Music Scholarship offered by Lone Oak UMC in Paducah, Ky. Qualifications are: Member of any Methodist Church Sophomore or above, including graduate school Enrolled full time at a four-year college with a GPA of 2.5 or higher Demonstrated financial need Preference given to major or minor in music, music education or music-related field; or music ministry For more information and application form go to www.loneoakumcpaducah....

Emmanuel UMC brings relationship experts' program, 'Fight Night,' to Memphis on March 3

published 2/16/2017
Emmanuel United Methodist Church (UMC) in Memphis, Tennessee, is hosting a virtual event of Fight Night, a program presented by relationship experts Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott, on Friday, March 3, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The Parrotts, authors, speakers and professionals who teach the basics of good and healthy relationships, will present, virtually, their popular FIGHT NIGHT program.      The program is being presented at Emmanuel UMC for those wanting to learn more about why couples fight, ...

May 25 is deadline to request 'language translation services' for 2017 Memphis Annual Conference

published 2/16/2017
May 25 is the deadline for delegates and other visitors to the 2017 Memphis Annual Conference to request language translation services. The 2017 Memphis Annual Conference will take place June 4-6 at Collierville United Methodist Church in Collierville, Tennessee. Language translation will be available for Spanish-speaking and hearing impaired delegates and guests. Sign language for hearing-impaired individuals will only be provided during the evening worship services. CLICK HERE for a ...

33 participated in Youth Lay Servant Academy

published 2/14/2017
A total of 33 Memphis Conference youth (pictured at right) gathered Feb. 4-5 for the Youth Lay Servant Academy at Brownsville First United Methodist Church in Brownsville, Tennessee. Middle school-age youth and older were in attendance for the overnight retreat that included basic and advanced classes led by teams of clergy and lay servants. The academy concluded with worship on Sunday. For more information about the Youth Lay Servant Academy, contact Susan Davidson | | ...

Tennessee River District announces March 18 lay servant classes in three locations

published 2/14/2017

'Project Transformation Tennessee' names Renee Dillard director of Memphis programs

published 2/13/2017
Project Transformation Tennessee announced last week the selection of Rev. Renee Dillard as the director of Memphis programs. She will begin work March 6. Dillard currently serves as associate pastor of discipleship ministries at St. John’s United Methodist Church in midtown Memphis. “As a lifelong Memphian, my deepest hope is to facilitate healing and wholeness in this city that I love. Project Transformation offers a beautiful model for drawing on the strengths already present in our ...

April 1 is deadline to apply for Walter Russell Lambuth undergraduate scholarship

published 2/13/2017
April 1 is the deadline to apply for the Walter Russell Lambuth (1854-1921) undergraduate scholarship for the 2017-18 academic year, according to an announcement from the Memphis Conference Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry. Up to $2,300 will be awarded for the 2017-18 academic year to one or more qualified applicants, said Dr. Joe Geary, director of Connectional Ministries for the Memphis Conference. Recipients will be determined by the executive committee of the Memphis ...

Briensburg UMC in Benton, KY, is one of 15 churches to receive defibrillator from Baptist Health

published 2/13/2017
Church members of Briensburg United Methodist Church (UMC) in Benton, Kentucky, can feel a little safer with a defibrillator donated by Baptist Health in Paducah, Kentucky. Briensburg UMC was one of 15 churches to receive an automatic external defibrillator (AED), donated through a grant from the Baptist Health Foundation and Auxiliary in conjunction with the Congregational Network for Healthcare. Each of the churches is located in a rural area at least 20 minutes from the nearest medical ...

Note audio resources for 'Black History Month' from U.M. General Commission on Archives & History

published 2/13/2017
    These resources on United Methodist and U.S. Black History may be found at on the  Audio Programs page AND Civil Rights & Black History page. Central Jurisdiction Search for this topic and you'll find 19 interviews done in 2004/2005 with United Methodists who were part of the African-American Central Jurisdiction of the Methodist Church. The conference existed from 1939-1968. Among those in the ...

UT-Martin campus ministry hosted 'Cups for the Cure' event that raised $3,000 for cancer patients

published 2/13/2017
Members of the community raised their cups in support of cancer patients at the Feb. 4 Cups for the Cure event, hosted by the Wesley Foundation (campus ministry) at the University of Tennessee at Martin, Tennessee (UT Martin) in Martin, Tennessee.  For a $15 donation, attendees each received a ceramic mug handmade by current and former art students of the university. In coordination with World Cancer Day, the event raised more than $3,000, which will be split between the West Tennessee ...

Meetings about 'new apportionment proposal' for Memphis Conference are scheduled during March

published 2/8/2017
Four district presentations about a new apportionment proposal for the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church to take place in March have been announced by the Memphis Conference Treasurer’s Office. Each annual conference has the authority to decide its own formula for apportionments to local churches within its boundary. Apportioned funds, a method of giving that proportionally allocates the budget, are the main way United Methodists support the ministries of the church.  Dates, ...

Offering for 'Jerusalem Fund' will be received during some events at 2017 Memphis Annual Conference

published 2/7/2017
Offerings for The Jerusalem Fund will be received during three events at the 2017 Memphis Annual Conference at Collierville United Methodist Church in Collierville, Tennessee, June 4-6.   The Jerusalem Fund is a confidential ministry of the Memphis Conference that provides assistance to Memphis Conference clergy facing short-term financial hardships.    The Fund is administered out of the Bishop’s Office. District Superintendents receive requests or may make recommendations for grants. It ...

Volunteers needed to leave Feb. 13 for Hattiesburg, MS, to cut trees damaged by January tornadoes

published 2/7/2017
Volunteers from the Memphis Conference are needed to travel to Hattiesburg, Mississippi, to help cut trees damaged by January tornadoes.   Brad Colson, Purchase District disaster relief coordinator and a member of Benton First United Methodist Church (UMC) in Benton, Kentucky, is organizing the mission team that will leave Monday, Feb. 13. "Able bodies to do the work” is what Colson said is needed.  The team is being funded by Benton First UMC. There is no cost for volunteers. All equipment ...

Congo Women Arise: Memphis Conference joins with two other United Methodist conferences to support East Congo women's center

published 2/1/2017
The Memphis Conference, along with the Tennessee and California-Pacific Conferences of The United Methodist Church, are partnering with the East Congo Episcopal Area of The United Methodist Church for Congo Women Arise – an initiative to address the needs of rape survivors in a location often called the “rape capital of the world.” Congo Women Arise will be the recipient of the 2017 Memphis Annual Conference offering, according to an announcement by Nashville Episcopal Area Bishop Bill ...

Reelfoot Rural Ministries is now scheduling mission teams for 2017 for its 'home rehabilitation program'

published 1/31/2017
Reelfoot Rural Ministries (RRM) is currently scheduling mission teams for its home rehabilitation program for the 2017 calendar year, according to an announcement from Justin Crice, RRM's volunteer services coordinator. RRM is a multi-faceted social service agency of the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church that serves Dyer, Lake and Obion Counites in northwest Tennessee and Fulton County in southwest Kentucky. RRM's home rehabilitation program works to make residents' homes ...

$50,000 is goal for Memphis Conference's 2017 'Lenten Hunger Offering' that runs March 1- April 16

published 1/30/2017
CLICK HERE FOR 2017 CAMPAIGN MATERIALS. $50,000 is the fundraising goal for the Memphis Conference’s annual hunger offering that will run in 2017 from Ash Wednesday, March 1, to Easter Sunday, April 16.    Established in 1983, the offering once known as the Lenten World Hunger Offering was shortened to Lenten Hunger Offering (LHO) in 2016 to help stress local hunger needs alongside world hunger issues. Dr. Debra S. (Debi) Selby is leading the campaign for the Memphis Conference in the new ...

Two United Methodist churches in Martin, TN, welcomed traveling student athletes from Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, FL

published 1/27/2017
Two churches from the Memphis Conference welcomed a traveling college basketball team as part of Project Athletic Ambassador, a program of the Black College Fund of the United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. McCabe and Martin First United Methodist Churches in Martin, Tennessee, greeted members of Bethune-Cookman University’s (BCU) men’s basketball team on Friday, Dec. 16, providing snack bags and encouragement for the team from Daytona Beach, Florida, that was in ...

7 Memphis Conference churches receive 'Churches Reaching Neighbors' grants totaling $12,000

published 1/24/2017
CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS OF ALL THE CHECK PRESENTATIONS. By Lane Gardner Camp, Director of Communications Seven churches have been awarded grants totaling $12,000 in the first round of awards from the Memphis Conference Churches Reaching Neighbors grant program. Six of the seven grants were presented in late 2016 with one more scheduled for presentation in February, according to Dr. Joe Geary, director of Connectional Ministries for the Memphis Conference, whose office is administering the ...

Time to order 2017 'Scout Sunday' patches

published 1/24/2017
The 2017 'Scout Sunday' patch is now available for purchase by Memphis Conference scouts and scouting supporters. Memphis Conference United Methodist churches typically recognize Scout Sunday in February or March.   The cost is $5 per patch, plus flat shipping rate per order. Proceeds from patch sales go to purchase Bibles for scouts hiking high adventure trails at Philmont, Northern Tier and Sea Base scouting operations. To place an order, CLICK HERE MORE INFORMATION: Teresa ...

April 30 is deadline to submit online form to request display & exhibit space at 2017 Annual Conference

published 1/23/2017
April 30 is the deadline to submit the online “Display Request Form” for exhibit and display space at the 2017 Memphis Annual Conference, June 4-6 at Collierville United Methodist Church (UMC) in Collierville, Tennessee.   A total of 45 tables and the Cokesbury Bookstore display will be located in the church’s gym. Organizers anticipate a greater demand for tables in 2017 because literature will not be able to be distributed via "delegate bags" in 2017. To encourage "less paper," delegate bags...

Bell, Johnson and Johnston receive scholarships for July mission trip to East Congo in Central Africa

published 1/17/2017
By Lane Gardner Camp, Director of Communications, Memphis Conference Three young adults in the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church have been named recipients of scholarships worth up to $5,000 each to be part of a July 2017 mission team to the Eastern Congo Episcopal Area in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Central Africa. The scholarships, from the Memphis Conference Connectional Ministries budget that is funded through apportionment giving by churches, support at least ...

Volunteers from 4 Metro District churches worked together to deliver meals to low-income families

published 1/11/2017
Volunteers from four churches in the Metro District of the Memphis Conference provided meals for low-income families on Thanksgiving morning 2016. Teresa Rector, production coordinator for Collierville United Methodist Church (UMC) in Collierville, Tennessee, said 125 Thanksgiving meals were delivered. Nearly 50 volunteers from Collierville UMC worked with members of Arlington UMC in Arlington, Tennessee, and Highland Heights and El Redentor UMCs in Memphis, Tennessee to make it happen. The ...

Memphis Conference Archives now housed in Nashville (with Tennessee Conference Archives)

published 1/10/2017
By Lane Gardner Camp, Director of Communications The Memphis Conference Archives of The United Methodist Church are now housed in Nashville, Tennessee, with the Tennessee Conference Archives.   The holdings began being moved in the summer of 2016 with the final load leaving Dec. 19 from the Memphis Conference office in Jackson, Tennessee.   The new home for the Memphis Conference Archives is 520 Commerce Street, Suite 205, Nashville, TN 37203. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday ...

Lewis is new contact person for clergy discount offered by Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare

published 1/3/2017
Beginning Jan. 9, Chaplain Jonathan Lewis is the new contact person for information and questions about Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare’s United Methodist Clergy Discount Program. CLICK HERE to read details about the program for clergy and their families. Contact Lewis at or (901) 516-0990.    Lewis replaces Chaplain John Wilcher who is retiring Jan. 6. Lewis also serves as coordinator of Faith Health Collaborative, the Wesley campus ministry (of the Memphis ...

Memphis Conference Office in Jackson will be closed for MLK, Jr. federal holiday on Jan. 16

published 1/3/2017
The Memphis Conference Office of the United Methodist Church in Jackson, Tenn., will be CLOSED for the Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday on Monday, Jan. 16 (third Monday of January). The office that serves United Methodist churches in West Tennessee and Western Kentucky is located at 24 Corporate Blvd. in Jackson, Tenn. Treasurer's Office: 731-664-5540 Connectional Ministries Office: 731-664-8480

Reelfoot Rural Ministries' annual toy store supplies Christmas gifts for 1,300 children

published 12/29/2016
By Rev. Robert Craig, Executive Director, Reelfoot Rural Ministries Reelfoot Rural Ministries’ 40th annual Christmas Toy Store was a great blessing again this year.  The blessings abound each year for the families that find themselves in difficult financial circumstances. The blessings are also powerful for the volunteers that come to help set up and operate the Toy Store each year. During the Toy Store, one often witnesses tears of joy flowing from both parents and volunteers. It is truly an...

End-of-year news from Wesley Foundation at University of Memphis includes plans for facility refurbishment and new staff positions

published 12/21/2016
A “new look” for its facility and the creation of two new staff positions make up end-of-the-year news from the Wesley Foundation at the University of Memphis. The Wesley Foundation is one of six campus ministries of the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church. NEW LOOK FOR FACILITY The December 2016 newsletter of the campus ministry reports on a two-stage refurbishment of the Wesley Foundation’s building at 3625 Midland Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee. “None of our common areas have...

Western Obion County United Methodist Cooperative Parish holds fall festival

published 12/21/2016
Members of the Western Obion County United Methodist Cooperative Parish joined together on Nov. 5 for their second quarterly gathering, a fall festival hosted by Zion United Methodist Church (UMC) at the Cloverdale Community Center in Obion, Tennessee.   Zion UMC’s pastor, Rev. Dr. Phillip Cook, said 135 church members enjoyed homemade desserts and finger foods, as well as a children’s magic show and a haunted hayride through the Zion UMC cemetery. Participants also contributed canned goods for...

IRS announces 2017 mileage reimbursement rates

published 12/20/2016
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued 2017 mileage rates to be used for reimbursement plans and tax deduction purposes. According to Memphis Conference Treasurer Larry Davis, beginning Jan. 1, standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) in the Memphis Conference, are: 53.5 cents per mile for business miles driven, down from 54 cents in 2016 17 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, down from 19 cents in 2016 14 cents per mile driven ...

Tennessee River District clergy family gathered for Advent brunch on Dec. 3 in downtown Jackson

published 12/20/2016
More than 80 active and retired clergy and family members attended the Tennessee River District Clergy Family Advent Brunch on Saturday, Dec. 3, at Jackson First United Methodist Church in downtown Jackson, Tennessee. The event included numerous food stations offering assorted brunch items; a message by the district’s superintendent, Dr. Richard Clark; Christmas music entertainment by Duo Vance (guitar and flute); and communion. Each guest received as a gift a copy of a poem, Prepare for the ...

Following Dec. 1 elimination of 'community resource consultant,' Cokesbury has other ways of serving customers in the Memphis Conference

published 12/19/2016
The Memphis Conference no longer has a Cokesbury community resource consultant as a result of staffing changes at the retail division of The United Methodist Publishing House.   Lisa Albert, Cokesbury’s representative to the Memphis Conference since 2002, reports that her position was eliminated, along with positions in 11 other markets, effective Dec. 1.   The markets will continue to be served, but in a different way, said Albert.   “Customers in the Memphis Conference will have regular ...

'Financial Peace' class begins Jan. 3 at Northside United Methodist Church in Jackson, TN

published 12/16/2016
Northside United Methodist Church in Jackson, Tennessee, will host a Financial Peace class that begins Tuesday, Jan. 3. The class will meet in Room 301 at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays for nine weeks. Clay Crockett will lead the class that will "help you achieve your financial goals by showing you how to eliminate debt, save for the future and give like never before." To register, go to For more information, contact Clay at 901-359-0126 or  

CrossRoads UMC in Collierville will host dinner for 'clergy women' on Monday evening during 2017 Memphis Annual Conference

published 12/15/2016
CLERGY WOMEN DINNER during 2017 Memphis Annual Conference Monday, June 5, 5:15 p.m. Hosted by CrossRoads United Methodist Church 9315 E Shelby Dr Collierville TN 38017 (Note this is not Collierville United Methodist Church) No cost, but reservation required by May 23. Email or call 901-737-3776  

Nashville Episcopal Area office has new location

published 12/15/2016
Beginning Jan. 1, the office for the Nashville Episcopal Area of The United Methodist Church will have a new location and receive mail at 1908 Grand Avenue, Nashville, TN 37212. The new location is the building for United Methodist Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church. The Nashville Episcopal Area includes the Memphis and Tennessee Conferences of The United Methodist Church. The office is moving from its current location in downtown Nashville at 520 Commerce St., Suite ...

Mission team from Collierville UMC traveled to and served at Rio Bravo Ministries in Mexico this Fall

published 12/13/2016
By Mike Ware, Collierville UMC, Collierville, TN The very young boy peeked through the open window.  He smiled at the four individuals working diligently laying vinyl flooring inside the school classroom. Then, he wandered away.   Shortly, he reappeared and another smile crossed his face accompanied by a thumbs-up gesture. Again he walked away.   A few minutes later he slowly entered the classroom and, in broken English said, “Thank you for coming and working to improve my school.” He turned, ...

'Little free library' book kiosk is gift from UMM of Henderson First & Trinity UMCs to their town

published 12/7/2016
The "Little Free Library" in Henderson, Tennessee, is receiving "brisk interest" after it opened in November, according to Dr. Paul Scheirer, pastor of the town's Henderson First and Trinity United Methodist Churches. The United Methodist Men (UMM) of the two churches worked together to design and construct the weather-proof, wooden box with a glass front door that allows for the free exchange of books by anyone in the community. Inside the kiosk are free bookmarks with information about the ...

Bishop McAlilly names Harry D. Durbin interim superintendent of Metro District, beginning Jan. 1

published 12/6/2016
By Lane Gardner Camp, Director of Communications, Memphis Conference Rev. Dr. Harry D. Durbin has been named interim district superintendent for the Metro District of the Memphis Conference, according to an announcement today by Bishop William T. (Bill) McAlilly.   The Metro District includes Fayette, Shelby and Tipton Counties in southwest Tennessee. With more than 80 churches, it is one of four districts that make up the Memphis Conference that covers West Tennessee and Western Kentucky.   ...

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