Holston faces shine among SEJ participants

Holston faces shine among SEJ participants

The Rev. Willie Kitchens (far right) and the praise band from Christ UMC in Chattanooga led worship and balloting music for two days at Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference. Photo by Annette Spence.

Several persons with Holston Conference ties were among the leaders and servants at Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference Nov. 2-4 in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina! Here’s the list and their roles:

Rev. Susan Arnold: Support staff. Answered questions at the Information Desk.

Emily Ballard: Leader of the Holston delegation. Offered the greeting before the Service of Remembrance.
Sharon Bowers (Photo by Matt Brodie)

Rev. Sharon Bowers: Delegate and bishop nominee.

Bishop Kenneth Carder: Holston native and retired bishop. Led a pre-ballot prayer.

Sam England: Delegate. Speaker in the Young Adult Panel.
Sam England (Photo by Derek Leek)

Michael Feely: Vice-chair of the SEJ Archives and History Commission. Gave the report.

Rev. Kim Goddard: Delegate. Member of the Episcopacy Committee.

Bishop David Graves: Holston native and resident bishop of the Alabama West-Florida/ South Georgia Conferences. Presided over a session.

Becky Hall: Delegate and support staff. Led tech assistance and organization on the stage.
Del Holley (Photo by Annette Spence)

Del Holley: Delegate, Agenda Committee member, Episcopacy Committee member. Gave a report for the Agenda Committee.

Rev. Tim Jones: Communicator. Participated on the SEJ Communications Team.

Rev. Willie Kitchens: Musician. Led the praise band from Christ United Methodist Church (Chattanooga) in worship and throughout balloting.

Bishop Richard Looney: Holston native and retired bishop. Led a pre-ballot prayer.

Donna Mosby: Delegate. Led a pre-ballot prayer
Donna Mosby (Photo by Ben Smith)

Rev. Mike Sluder: Support staff. Monitored the overflow seating area in Harrell Center.

Ben Smith: Communicator and support staff. Photographed the entire SEJ conference.

Bishop James Swanson: Former resident bishop of Holston. Preached at opening worship, presided over a session, and was honored for his retirement effective Dec. 31, 2022.

Bishop Dindy Taylor: Former resident bishop of Holston. Preached at the Service of Remembrance and was honored for her 2021 retirement.
Anne Travis (Photo by Ben Smith)

Anne Travis: SEJ Conference secretary. Oversaw organization of the entire SEJ.

Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett: Resident bishop of Holston and North Alabama Conferences. Presided over a session and celebrated Holy Communion.

Betty Yeomans-Barton: Support staff. Served as a page in Stuart Auditorium.


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Annette Spence

Annette Spence is editor of The Call, the Holston Conference newsletter.

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