Our Senior Pastor, Sam Powers, was elected last week by the clergy of the Oklahoma Conference to serve as a delegate to the 2020 General Conference of The United Methodist Church. The General Conference meets every 4 years (outside of the special session in 2019 in St Louis earlier this year) and is the decision-making body for the denomination. Dr. Powers has served on the delegation since 2004 and was elected third out of seven spots(up from fifth last time).
The General Conference will be held in Minneapolis in May of next year. General Conference delegates also serve as delegates to Jurisdictional Conference which primarily elects bishops from the ordained Elders present. The South Central Jurisdiction will meet in Houston in July of next year.
Kyla Powers, daughter of Dr. Powers and band member for Worship on Hurd, was elected as the second alternate to Jurisdictional Conference from the lay delegates at Annual Conference last week. Ms. Powers has served as the Co-Chair for the Conference Council on Youth Ministries this year for Oklahoma and was the youngest delegate elected.
Since there are a total of 34 clergy and lay delegates elected from all the United Methodist churches across the Oklahoma Conference, this is quite an honor for our church to have not one but two delegates elected to serve!