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Episcopal nominees sought

West Michigan and Detroit Conference North Central Jurisdictional Conference Delegations met on Nov. 4, 2015 and agreed to work together to undertake the solicitation, review, and endorsement of episcopal nominees (i.e. nominees for the role of Bishop in The United Methodist Church).

          This means that episcopal nominees (if any) that are endorsed by the delegations will have the support of both annual conferences’ delegations. Endorsement by the delegations is independent of any action (if any) taken to endorse nominees by the Annual Conferences, when they meet in June.
          Anyone interested in nominating an ordained elder for consideration by the delegations for episcopal endorsement may do so online; click here. Or use the form found here and return via email to Alex Plum (
          The North Central Jurisdiction offers Discernment Guidelines/Criteria for Bishops. Find the guidelines here.
          All nominations must be received by December 18, 2015 for consideration by the joint delegations, who will invite up to five nominees to be interviewed in Lansing on February 20, 2016. Questions should be directed to Alex Plum (
  •          West Michigan’s Delegation, elected at the 2014 Annual Conference, is chaired by Nichea Ver Veer Guy. Delegates are:
    • General Conference– Clergy: Rev. Laurie Haller; Lay: Nichea Ver Veer Guy
    • Jurisdictional Conference– Clergy: Rev. Kennetha Bigham-Tsai; Lay: Laurie Dahlman
    • Alternates– Clergy: Rev. Benton Heisler and Rev. John Boley; Lay: Laura Witkowski, Anne Soles
  •           Detroit Conference’s Delegation, elected at the 2015 Annual Conference, is chaired by Rev, Dr. Charles Boayue. Delegates are:
    • General Conference– Clergy: Rev. Dr. Charles Boayue, Rev. Joy Barrett, Rev.Melanie Carey; Lay: Jackie Euper, Wayne Bank, Diane Brown
    • Jurisdictional Conference– Clergy: Rev. Megan Walther, Rev. Dr. Matthew Hook, Rev. Laura Speiran; Lay: Alexander Plum, Claudia Bowers, Ruby Anderson
    • Alternates– Clergy: Rev. Dr. Sherry Parker, Rev. Dr. Tara Sutton; Lay: Ruth Sutton, Isaac Garrigues-Cortelyou

The General Conference will be held in Portland, Oregon, May 10-20, 2016. Peoria, Illinois is set to
host the North Central Jurisdictional Conference, July 13-16, 2016.