Slate of nominees now available for election of delegates to represent Memphis Conference at 2016 General and Jurisdictional Conferences


Election of delegates to represent the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church at  General (worldwide) Conference and Jurisdictional (Southeastern U.S.) Conference in 2016 is one of many responsibilities of delegates to the 2015 Memphis Annual Conference coming up May 31-June 3 in Jackson, Tenn.

Jurisdictional delegates will serve as alternate delegates to General Conference. Alternate lay and clergy delegates to Jurisdictional Conference also will be elected.

Clergy delegates will be selected from clergy members in full connection and are elected by deacons and elders in full connection, associate members, provisional members who have completed their educational requirements and local pastors who have completed either the Course of Study or have an M. Div. degree and have served a minimum of two consecutive years under appointment immediately preceding the election.
Lay delegates will be selected from those who meet criteria stated in the 2012 Discipline of The United Methodist Church:
36. Article V.—The lay delegates to the General and jurisdictional or central conferences shall be elected by the lay members of the annual conference or provisional annual conference without regard to age, provided such delegates shall have been professing members of The United Methodist Church for at least two years next preceding their election, and shall have been active participants in The United Methodist Church for at least four years next preceding their election, and are members thereof within the annual conference electing them at the time of holding the General and jurisdictional or central conferences.
Below is a link to the slate of qualified clergy and lay nominees provided by Conference Secretary Dr. David Russell of Dyersburg First UMC in Dyersburg, Tenn.

(minor correction to PDF and reposting on 4-19-15)

The slate was assembled based on nominations received by March 31 as announced here in February. The March 31 deadline was needed to allow time to prepare the slate and print election ballots to be used during the 2015 Memphis Annual Conference, explained Russell.

The election process allows for write-in candidates during each ballot at Annual Conference, said Russell, who may be contacted at