About Us

About Us

The Holston Conference of The United Methodist Church is comprised of 842 congregations, organized in nine districts, and located in East Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, and North Georgia. Our total membership stands at 151,982. (Updated July 2022)

Our central office is located in Alcoa, Tennessee:
217 South Rankin Road
P.O. Box 850
Alcoa, TN 37701

Please direct all media inquiries to Tim Jones, director of communications.

Holston Conference relates to numerous United Methodist ministries and organizations in our region, including five Wesley Foundations, five camps, two colleges, a pastoral counseling center, and the Holston Foundation.

The mission of our Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Read more about:

The Holston Conference Vision Statement

God envisions bold, passionate, and joyful communities of faith where the spiritual hunger to worship God and to serve Christ sets disciples on fire with Spirit-filled, risk-taking love for all God's children until Holston Conference reflects the saving grace and redeeming justice of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Holston Annual Conference is one of 54 U.S. annual conferences in The United Methodist Church. Seventy-five annual conferences exist in Africa, Asia, and Europe. Total membership for our global denomination is 12.6 million. (Find out more at UMC.org.)

Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett has served as Holston Conference's resident bishop since 2021.