There has been a lot going on this past week at Jurisdictional Conference, the quadrennial meeting of the South Central Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church. Most United Methodists don't pay much attention to this meeting except that, it is where our Bishops are elected and assigned.
The first news is that Friday, Mike Lowry, clergy member of the Southwest Texas Annual Conference and most recently Executive Director of the Office of New Church Development and Transformation has been elected Bishop and assigned to serve in the Central Texas Conference. Mike is know and loved by many in our conference and has served at University UMC, San Antonio Bethany UMC, Austin; Asbury UMC, Corpus Christi; Wesley UMC, Harlingen; and St. Paul's UMC, Kerrville.
Here at University, we are blessed in that Bishop Lowry will be here at University next Sunday to preach.
In other important news, our conference has a new bishop. With the pending retirement of Bishop Joel Martinez, newly elected Bishop Jim Dorff will be our presiding bishop beginning in September. More on him soon!
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