Holston Conference Local Pastors School 2011 is scheduled for the weekends of Feb. 25-27, March 25-27, and April 29-May 1 at Buffalo Mountain Camp in Jonesborough, Tenn.
Local pastors students are required to have 80 hours of instruction, prescribed by the United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.
Upon the successful completion of the course, students are eligible for but not guaranteed an appointment. Various conference leaders, including Bishop James Swanson, provide the training.
Concentration is provided in four areas: pastoral care, church administration, preaching/worship, and Christian education.
All students have been through the candidacy process and certified by their district committees on ordained ministry. Several of this year’s students have also completed Certified Lay Speaker Training, while some are filling pulpits now as “supply” pastors.
The Rev. Charlie Harrison, senior pastor at First Sevierville United Methodist Church in Maryville District, and the Rev. Tom Ballard, senior pastor at St. Paul UMC in Wytheville District, are serving as co-deans of Local Pastor School again this year.
This year's class includes 12 students (11 males, one female): Robert Sutton, Sevierville, Tenn.; Jimmy Horn, Bluefield, Va.; James Trivett, Narrows, Va.; Robert Hults, Rogersville, Tenn.; David Poore, Blountville, Tenn.; James Hartley, Alcoa, Tenn.; Stephen Hicks, Maryville, Tenn.; Douglas Moore, Seymour, Tenn.; Steve Alderman, Ivanhoe, Va.; Natalie Justice, Jefferson City, Tenn.; Lee Houston Jr., Galax, Va.; and James Scott, Floyd, Va.
See also: "Aspiring pastors share their calling at Local Pastors School," (The Call, 4-10-09)