Delegates elected to represent Memphis Conference at 2016 General and Jurisdictional Conferences

6/9/2015

Elected delegates from the Memphis Conference to the 2016 General and Jurisdictional Conferences of The United Methodist Church are, from left, Steven Louis Douglas, Autura Eason-Williams, Eddie Bromley, Delores Smith, Elyse Bell, Jonathan L. Jeffords, Isabelle Dillard, Deborah Watlington, Sandra Burnett, Cynthia D. Davis, David R. Reed and Sky McCracken. (Photo by Lane Gardner Camp)


Delegates to represent the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church at General (worldwide) Conference and Jurisdictional (Southeastern U.S.) Conference in 2016 were elected by delegates to the 2015 Memphis Annual Conference, May 31-June 3 in Jackson, Tenn.

Two lay and two clergy members were elected to attend General Conference, May 10-20, 2016 in Portland, Ore. These delegates also attend Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference.

Two lay and two clergy members were elected to attend Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference, July 13-15, 2016 in Lake Junaluska, N.C.

BALLOTING RESULTS

Lay Delegates to General Conference

  • David R. Reed, Martin First UMC, Martin, TN – elected first lay delegate on third lay General Conference ballot AND elected head of delegation by delegation in called meeting following adjournment of 2015 Memphis Annual Conference
  • Elyse Bell, Paris First UMC, Paris, TN - elected second lay delegate on fifth lay General Conference ballot
Clergy Delegates to General Conference
  • Sky McCracken, Purchase District superintendent – elected first clergy delegate on third clergy General Conference ballot
  • Eddie Bromley, Milan First UMC, Milan, TN - elected second clergy delegate on sixth clergy General Conference ballot
 Lay Delegates to Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference
  • Sandra Burnett, Lone Oak UMC, Paducah, KY - elected first lay delegate on first lay Jurisdictional Conference ballot (and also first lay alternate to General Conference)
  • Isabelle Dillard, St. John’s UMC, Memphis, TN - elected second lay delegate on third lay Jurisdictional Conference ballot (and also second lay alternate to General Conference)
  • Delores Smith, Milan First UMC, Milan, TN – elected alternate lay delegate on fourth lay Jurisdictional Conference ballot
  • Deborah Watlington, Lambuth Memorial UMC, Jackson, TN – elected alternate lay delegate on fourth lay Jurisdictional Conference ballot
 Clergy Delegates to Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference
  • Autura Eason-Williams, Capleville UMC, Memphis, TN - elected first clergy delegate on second clergy Jurisdictional Conference ballot (and also first clergy alternate to General Conference)
  • Jonathan L. Jeffords, St. John’s UMC, Memphis TN - elected second clergy delegate on fourth clergy Jurisdictional Conference ballot (and also second clergy alternate to General Conference)
  • Cynthia D. Davis, Metro McKendree District superintendent – elected alternate clergy delegate on fifth clergy Jurisdictional Conference ballot
  • Steven Louis Douglas, East Trinity-Beech Bluff-Mt. Pleasant Parish, Jackson, TN - elected alternate clergy delegate on fifth clergy Jurisdictional Conference ballot
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT ELECTION PROCESS

The slate of qualified clergy and lay nominees was assembled based on nominations received by March 31 as announced in February. The March 31 deadline allowed time to prepare the slate and print election ballots. The election process allowed for write-in candidates during each ballot.

Clergy delegates were selected from clergy members in full connection and 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 were selected from those who met 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.