The Holston Conference delegation to General Conference and Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference announces the nomination of Jay Arthur Garrison as lay candidate for Judicial Council of The United Methodist Church.
Garrison was elected by the delegation's unanimous vote in August. His nomination was submitted Sept. 27 to Bishop James Swanson, who will relay
Garrison's candidacy to the Council of Bishops.
"I'm delighted," Garrison said following the announcement of his candidacy at the Holston Conference Center in Alcoa, Tenn. "After serving as first lay alternate to the Judicial Council and taking part in five sessions -- and after serving as chancellor for Holston Conference -- I feel I am uniquely qualified for Judicial Council."
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Del Holley, head of the Holston Conference delegation, said they were "pleased to see the level of opportunities Jay has been involved in at Judicial Council -- the deliberations and decisions he participated in as first alternate and as chancellor for Holston Conference. We feel confident the General Conference will also see the experience he brings and will elect him as a lay member."
Garrison, 62, is a lifelong member of Fountain City United Methodist Church in Knoxville, Tenn. He has served as chancellor of Holston Conference since 1995, appearing before the Judicial Council on behalf of Holston and representing his conference in state and federal courts.
"I have been a speaker at the General Council on Finance and Administration's Legal Forums on First Amendment issues that affect the jurisdiction of secular courts to decide issues involving the church," Garrison said.
He was elected first lay alternate to the Judicial Council, the United Methodist Church's highest judicial body or "court," in 2008. "As a chancellor and alternate member of the Judicial Council, I have researched TheBook of Discipline in detail," he said.
"My belief is that our lives should be committed to and led by the Gospel of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ," Garrison said. "The Holy Scripture contains all things necessary for salvation, and The Book of Discipline should be maintained in our Wesleyan tradition as a covenant of trust of our doctrine and policy."
Garrison is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with a B.S. in Honors History (1971) and J.D. from the College of Law (1975).
Annette Spence is editor of The Call, the Holston Conference newspaper.