Member: Neoga Grace
UM since 1978
Relevant Leadership Roles: Currently: Chair IGRC Episcopacy Committee, Chair Cunningham Children’s Home Board of Directors, Treasurer of Grace UMC. Previously: Conference Lay Leader 2004-2012, Co-Chair IGRC General/Jurisdictional Conference Delegation 2008 and 2012 (also member 2004 Delegation), President ERD UMW 2004-2008.
Experience: Currently: North Central Jurisdiction Episcopacy Committee; IGRC Connectional Table, Congregational Development, Lay Member of Annual Conference since 1996; Grace UMC Finance Committee, Church Council, NOW Committee, SS Teacher. Previously: Association of Annual Conference Lay Leaders; IGRC Committees on Nominations, Sessions, Lay Leadership, CCFA; Life-changing Mission Trip to Liberia 2008.
Gifts and Passions: Gifts: administration, communication, exhortation, teaching. Passions: children and Youth, the global church, the future of our denomination
Other: As Conference Lay Leader 2004-2012, I participated in many aspects of the United Methodist Church – Conference, nation-wide, and globally. I had the opportunity to see the “bird’s eye” view of our connection – good and bad.
Personal Statement: As a member of the NCJ Episcopacy Committee, I am your IGRC lay voice in appointing Bishops in our Jurisdiction. This is a huge responsibility that I take very seriously. At the 2016 Jurisdictional Conference, at least 3 new Bishops will be elected. Since I will have a vote in matching those Bishops to Conferences, I would very much like to also have a vote in their election. AND I promise NEVER to run again.