2016 Southeastern
Jurisdictional Conference

Bishop Sharma Lewis to lead Virginia Conferenceth
Bishop Sharma D. Lewis, the first African-American woman elected a bishop in the Southeastern Jurisdiction, has been assigned to lead the Virginia Conference. She will begin her tenure on Sept. 1. Click here for her bio.

Five bishops elected before dinner first day
All five bishops were elected before the dinner break on the first day of the 2016 Southeastern (SEJ) Jurisdictional Conference held July 13-15 in the George R. Stuart Auditorium at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center, which is nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains in western North Carolina. The new bishops will replace five bishops who are retiring from active service.

Sharma Lewis elected on first ballot
On the first ballot, the Rev. Sharma D. Lewis, district superintendent in the North Georgia Conference, was elected the first African-American woman bishop in the Southeastern Jurisdiction. She is also the first African-American woman elected bishop in the denomination since 2000. She received 258 votes out of 362 valid votes cast. More ...

David Graves elected bishop on fourth ballot
The Rev. David Graves, senior pastor of Church Street United Methodist Church in Knoxville, Tenn., was elected a bishop by delegates at the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference. Graves was elected Wednesday, July 13, on the fourth ballot. He received 221 votes out of 345 valid votes cast. More ...

Leonard Fairley elected bishop on seventh ballot
The Rev. Leonard Fairley, district superintendent in the North Carolina Conference, was elected a bishop by delegates at the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference. Fairley was elected Wednesday, July 13, on the seventh ballot, receiving 246 of 369 valid votes cast. More ...

Lawson Bryan elected bishop on tenth ballot
The Rev. Robert “Lawson” Bryan, senior pastor of First United Methodist Church in Montgomery, Ala., was elected a bishop by delegates at the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference. Bryan, 66, was elected Wednesday, July 13, on the tenth ballot. He received 256 of 369 valid votes cast. More ...

Sue Haupert-Johnson elected bishop on tenth ballot
The Rev. Sue Haupert-Johnson, district superintendent in the Florida Conference, was elected a bishop by delegates at the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference. Haupert-Johnson, 54, was elected Wednesday, July 13, on the tenth ballot. She received 230 of 369 valid votes cast. More ...

Thirteen clergy were nominated by their respective delegations or other bodies to be considered as candidates for bishop. (The Rev. Ted Smith was endorsed by the Virginia Conference.)

Jurisdictional Conference will also assign bishops to lead each of the 15 conferences in the jurisdiction, including the Virginia Conference, for the 2016-2020 quadrennium. Those assignments will be announced Thursday evening, July 14. The new bishop will take office on Sept. 1.

The Virginia Conference sent a 44-member delegation (half clergy and half laity) to Jurisdictional Conference. It is tied with the North Georgia delegation for being the largest.

Watch SEJ Conference via live streaming
You can watch live streaming of the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference at http://www.lakejunaluska.com/plan_an_event/meeting_services/streaming/. Streaming began at 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 13, with opening worship and will end on Friday, July 15, with the Service of Consecration for newly elected episcopal leaders, scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Click here to watch live streaming of the conference.

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NEWSLETTERS: VIRGINIANS AT 2016 SOUTHEASTERN JURISDICTIONAL CONFERENCE
July 13, 2016
July 14, 2016

PHOTOS: VIRGINIANS AT 2016 SOUTHEASTERN JURISDICTIONAL CONFERENCE
July 13, 2016

 

 

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