Conference Leadership Team

The Conference Leadership Team (CLT) was formed by legislative action in June 2011.  This 18 member team, comprised of both Laity and Clergy, is focused on taking actions that contribute to:

  • Making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world
  • Equipping the local church for effective ministry
  • Maintaining a high level of accountability, transparency and trust
  • Strengthening the connectional nature of our denomination
  • Advancing the four foci of The United Methodist Church
  • Strategically aligning the resources of the Conference

Our stated Conference Vision is:A living connection of disciples of Jesus Christ transforming the world through vital and fruitful congregations.”

Goal for 2013-2016:  “Grow local congregations; increasing by 5% each year, the number of persons following Jesus and improving the depth of the discipleship of all persons.”

Measurements: Achievements toward this goal will be measured by increases in a variety of vital areas.

Our anticipation as a Conference Leadership Team is that:

Ministry areas and local congregations will give attention to:

  • Clear Expectations
  • Achievable Benchmarks
  • Intentional Assessment
  • Accountability, with support
  • Visioning processes that are responsive and Spirit led

The results we are expecting would be seen through improvements in:

  • Passion and urgency
  • Evangelism
  • Discipleship
  • Leadership development
  • Stewardship
  • Our creative balance of a Wesleyan model of personal and social holiness.

The Conference Leadership Team is deeply committed to both continuing the strong pattern of effective ministries in our Conference and taking the necessary steps for change so the West Michigan Conference is strategically moving forward in creative, vital and fruitful areas. The CLT welcomes your prayers and comments.

Chairperson
Mr. Ned Weller
nedweller@yahoo.com

Episcopal Office of the Michigan Area
Bishop David A. Bard
bishop@miareaumc.org

Rev. John Boley, Clergy Assistant to the Bishop
jboley@miareaumc.org

Full Cabinet Representatives
Rev. Benton R. Heisler, Director of Connectional Ministries
Benton@wmcumc.org

Rev. Kennetha Bigham-Tsai, Lansing and Heartland District Superintendent
lansingds@miareaumc.org

Rev. William Haggard, Grand Rapids District Superintendent
grdistrict@wmcumc.org

Mr. Mark Doyal, MI Area Director of Communications
mark@miareaumc.org

Ms. Anne Soles, Lay Leader
annesoles@charter.net

Mr. David Dobbs, Conference Treasurer
ddobbs@detroitconference.org

Rev. Don Emmert, Conference Benefits Officer
demmert@detroitconference.org

General Church Connectional Table Representative
Rev. Kennetha J. Bigham-Tsai
lansingds@miareaumc.org

Members at Large
Mrs. Sue Cobbs
susancobbcpa@gmail.com

Mr. Daniel Colthorp
dancolthorp@sjfirstumc.org

Rev. Cori Lynn Cypret
pastorcori@coopersvilleumc.org

Rev. Patricia A. Harpole
patti.harpole@gmail.com

Rev. Eric Mulanda
reveric79@gmail.com