Wills appoints Conrad to Asbury District

3/19/2009


 

Bishop Dick Wills is appointing the Rev. Kevin Conrad to the superintendency of the Asbury District.

 

Conrad said, “I’ve spent the majority of my years in the Conference in the Memphis area, so I have a great love and concern for the churches of the Asbury District. We are facing tremendous challenges, particularly due to current economic conditions. I firmly believe that times of challenge are also times of unique ministry opportunity. 

 

“When I begin my work in the District,” he continued, “I will continue the emphases I have focused on in the Conference Connectional Ministries office, which include church revitalization, discipleship, Wesleyan identity and distinctiveness and new faith community development.”

Conrad said he is convinced that God is calling United Methodists in the city of Memphis and throughout the Conference to engage in a new apostolic movement to reach people the church is not currently reaching. 

 

“To respond to this calling will take some creativity, innovation and a compelling vision to guide us,” he said. “It means raising our awareness of who lives all around us and meeting people where they are— as we seek to be living embodiments of the gospel beyond our four walls and certainly within the four walls of our church buildings.”

 

Conrad said he’s looking forward to casting that vision and partnering with churches to “seize the kingdom opportunities God places before us.”

 

He added that he is also in hopes that “we can drastically improve our apportionment record as a District and align all our efforts toward being the healthiest District and congregations we can possibly be.”

 

Kevin is in his 26th year of service in the Memphis Annual Conference. He was ordained as a Deacon in 1986 and as an Elder in 1988. His appointments include Humboldt-Gadsden Extended Ministry, Follis Chapel-Union Charge, Mullins Associate, Adamsville First, Grace-Jackson ( a new church where he was founding pastor, 1994-2001), Covington First, Covenant in Cordova, Tennessee and Memphis Conference Director of Connectional Ministries and New Church Development.

 

In 1996, he was awarded the Outstanding Young Religious Leader of the year by the Jackson Jaycees. He has traveled extensively abroad on Volunteer in Mission Teams, including Estonia and Nicaragua. Most recently, Kevin was invited to be a participant at the 2008 Oxford Round Table at Oxford University in England.

 

Kevin’s family moved to Jackson, TN in 1973. He graduated from Northside High School in 1980, where he lettered in football and basketball. In 1984 he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English  from Lambuth College. He went to seminary at Vanderbilt University Divinity School where he graduated with a Master of Divinity degree in 1988.

 

 He and his wife, Susan, married in 1987. She is presently Vice-President of Business Development at First Mercantile Trust Company in Memphis. Kevin and Susan have one son, Daniel, age 20, who is a sophomore at U.T. Knoxville as a Materials Science and Engineering student. Their daughter, Chelsea, 17, is graduating from Cordova High School this spring and plans to attend   U.T. Chattanooga as a Graphic Design/Photography Major. •