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Tarleton Wesley Students Share Their Love and Growth with Glen Lake Summer Campers

published 7/26/2016
by Hanna Newcomer - Tarleton State University, Class of 2019 “Love God. Serve Others. Live Righteously.” That is the mission statement of the Tarleton State University Wesley Foundation in Stephenville. If you do not know, Wesley Foundations are United Methodist student ministries for college students across the country. The Methodist denomination was founded by John Wesley, a man who once said to “Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you ...

U.S. Jurisdictions Elect 15 New Bishops

published 7/17/2016
U.S. bishops begin new assignments on Sept. 1 The denomination’s five U.S. jurisdictional conferences announced the assignments for bishops in all 46 episcopal areas, effective Sept. 1, following the elections that took place at the five Jurisdictional Conferences last week. Fifteen bishops are retiring and another 22 were reassigned to their current episcopal areas for another quadrennium. All but one of the 15 United Methodist elders elected as new U.S. bishops last week will be packing their ...

Four More Years! Bishop Lowry Reassigned to Central Texas by SCJC16

published 7/15/2016
The clock was close to striking midnight in Wichita, Kansas before the delegates, observers, staff and guests of the 2016 South Central Jurisdictional Conference (SCJC16) learned who would be serving as the episcopal leader for their Annual Conference. The CTC delegation applauded and cheered when Episcopacy Committee Chair Don House announced that Bishop Mike Lowry was being recommended for assignment to the Central Texas Conference – a recommendation that was unanimously approved by the body ...

SCJC Seeks Declaratory Decision from Judicial Council Regarding Election of Openly Gay Bishop

published 7/15/2016
On the heels of the election of the first openly gay bishop in the United Methodist Church in the Western Jurisdiction, members of the South Central Jurisdiction voted late Friday night to ask the Judicial Council for a declaratory decision regarding same-sex church leaders by a vote of 109-84. The vote came just minutes after news exploded on social media that the Rev. Karen Oliveto, an openly gay pastor, was elected as a bishop in the Western Jurisdiction. The United Methodist Book of ...

Bishop Lowry Calls on all CTC Methodists to Pause and Pray Following Deadly Dallas Shootings

published 7/8/2016
Brent Thompson, DART officer slain in Dallas shootings, had long-time active ties to the CTC Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings called for a moment of silence to be observed in Dallas at noon Friday, July 8 in response to Thursday night’s deadly shootings in Dallas. He also invited any and all to pray for the victims of and their families. Bishop Lowry echoed this invitation and has called on all members of the Central Texas Conference to join in a time of prayer for the victims and their families.   ...

New Poll Shines Light on What Attracts People to Church

published 7/6/2016
Opportunities for spiritual growth and authentic community are top motivators for churchgoing, according to a newly released survey by Barna Group. Barna’s study sought insights about what young-adult spiritual “seekers” in the United States expect from churches. The Christian research organization defined these seekers as Americans currently ages 18 to 34 who are not active churchgoers or committed to a congregation but nevertheless indicate interest in spiritual matters.   Survey respondents ...

Storming the Gates – Leah Hidde-Gregory Installed as Central District Superintendent

published 6/21/2016
by Vance Morton*   The Central District of the Central Texas Conference UMC officially welcomed their new District Superintendent on Monday, June 20, as Leah Hidde-Gregory was formally installed to that office by Bishop Mike Lowry, episcopal leader of the Central Texas Conference. The service was held in the beautiful 100-plus year-old sanctuary of First UMC Hillsboro – the church Leah and her family called home for the last three years as she served as senior pastor.   The service was a ...

CTC Delegation Works Hard as GC16 Winds Down

published 5/20/2016
Even on the last day of General Conference 2016, the CTC Delegation remains hard at work as they consider and debate the budget for the next four years. Click here to read how Kim Simpson was integral in passing legislation regarding opposing sports teams that have mascots that are offensive to Native Americans and the cities that they call home. Also, you can follow this link hear from Dr. Tim Bruster on his hopeful thoughts coming out of General Conference, who is especially hopeful for the ...

#WeAreMore Campaign Highlights The Church in Action

published 4/25/2016
The bishops of the South Central Jurisdiction have joined together to produce a campaign focused on stories that connect people and proclaim that #WeAreMore when united through Jesus Christ. We Are More than 10 days in Portland. We Are More than any of our disagreements regarding hot button issues on which the press will likely focus. We Are More than budgets, sub-committees and procedural changes. We Are the hands and feet of Jesus Christ – a bright and shining beacon of hope in a bruised and ...

A Spring Break to Remember

published 4/1/2016
by Eva Pray* (photos by Erin Kiel*)   In typical college settings, if I said that I was spending my Spring Break in Mexico, most people (if not all) would assume I was headed to Cancun, Cozumel or one of the myriad other “fun-in-the-sun” destinations our neighbor to the south has to offer. In fact, I’d bet that the idea that I would be traveling to Acuña, Mexico – an impoverished border city across from Del Rio – to help a family build their dream home wouldn’t even crack the top 10 list of ...

Bishop Lowry Announces Changes to the Central Texas Conference Cabinet

published 2/26/2016
North District Superintendent Ginger Bassford’s decision to return to the local church compels unexpected changes to the Cabinet. by Vance Morton* and Julian Hobdy**   Bishop Mike Lowry, episcopal leader of the Central Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church, has announced the following changes to the Cabinet: Rev. Dr. Ginger Bassford has decided to forgo her final planned year as the North District Superintendent and return to the local church. Rev. Mike Ramsdell, who was announced ...

Dr. Lisa Neslony Appointed as West District Superintendent

published 2/25/2016
Dr. Lisa Neslony Bishop Mike Lowry, episcopal leader of the Central Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church, has announced that Dr. Lisa Neslony will be appointed as the District Superintendent (DS) for the West District of the Central Texas Conference effective July 1. The district’s current superintendent, Rev. Carol Woods recently announced her retirement from active ministry, creating the open position on the Central Texas Conference Cabinet and in the West District. It had been ...

Health Care Reform Update – IRS Extends Form 1095-B Deadline

published 2/5/2016
The IRS has extended the due date for mailing Form 1095-B to individuals for 2015 tax returns to March 31, 2016. As part of Section 6055 Reporting under the Affordable Care Act, Form 1095-B verifies the “individual mandate” for minimum essential health coverage.   The IRS Form 1095-B verifies the Affordable Care Act (ACA) “individual mandate” for minimum essential health coverage. The General Board of Pension and Health Benefits (GBOPHB) will be issuing Form 1095-B, for the conferences covered ...

Rev. Mike Ramsdell Appointed as West District Superintendent

published 1/30/2016
Carol Woods will retire as DS and from active ministry at AC16. by Vance Morton*   Bishop Mike Lowry, episcopal leader of the Central Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church, has announced Rev. Mike Ramsdell will be appointed as the District Superintendent (DS) for the West District of the Central Texas Conference effective July 1. The district’s current superintendent, Rev. Carol Woods recently announced her retirement from active ministry, creating the open position on the Central ...

Rev. Leah Hidde-Gregory to Assume Central District Superintendent Role

published 1/18/2016
Current Central District Superintendent Rev. Don Scott to retire at AC16. by Vance Morton*   Bishop Mike Lowry, episcopal leader of the Central Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church, has announced that Leah Hidde-Gregory has been appointed to serve as District Superintendent (DS) for the Central District of the Central Texas Conference effective July 1. The district’s current superintendent, Rev. Don Scott, is in the final year of his eligibility to serve as a DS and recently announced...

Jeff Roper Joins Roberts Center for Leadership

published 1/14/2016
New Associate Executive Director for Leadership to focus mainly on clergy leadership initiatives. As the New Year dawned, the Dr. Sidney Roberts Center for Leadership also rang in the new by adding a new member to the team, Mr. Jeff Roper. Jeff officially* joined the team on January 1, and will serve the conference as the Associate Executive Director of Leadership, which includes serving as an active member of the Cabinet. (*though the role wasn’t official until Jan. 1, Jeff had already begun ...

Bishop Lowry Named One of Four Interim Bishops to Rio Texas

published 1/13/2016
Executive Committee of the Council of Bishops decides on unique approach for filling vacant episcopal leadership in Rio Texas Conference by Vance Morton An unprecedented approach to filling a vacancy in an episcopal office has been approved by the Executive Committee of the Council of Bishops. During a called meeting of the South Central Jurisdiction College of Bishops, North Texas Conference Bishop Mike McKee, President of the SCJ College, outlined a team approach to share leadership for the ...

John McKellar Named as 2016 Perkins Distinguished Alumni

published 1/5/2016
Rev. McKellar to be honored at annual awards banquet along with co-recipient, Rev. Linda Roby.   The Perkins School of Theology has selected Dr. John McKellar, co-pastor, White’s Chapel United to receive the 2016 Perkins School of Theology Distinguished Alumni Award. John, who currently serves as co-pastor at White’s Chapel United Methodist Church, is joined in this honor by Rev. Linda Roby, associate minister, Local and Global Missions at First United Methodist Church Dallas.   Each year, the ...

Central Texas Conference Service Center Open House

published 12/22/2015
Make your plans to come and be a part of the formal dedication ceremonies of the new Central Texas Conference Service Center located across from the campus of Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth. Doors will open at 3 p.m., Jan. 10, and the dedication will commence at 4 p.m. Light refreshments and hearty fellowship will be in abundant supply. So come one, come all and help us officially bless our new conference home.

Central and West District Superintendents Announce Retirement Plans

published 12/21/2015
Revs. Don Scott and Carol Woods to retire from active ministry July 1 Rev. Carol Woods and Rev. Don Scott have declared their intention to retire from active ministry in The United Methodist Church to Bishop Lowry, the Central Texas Conference Cabinet and to the members of the West and Central Districts. Both will officially retire at the 2016 Central Texas Annual Conference scheduled for June 5-8, in Waco.   Carol’s 30-year ministry journey has seen her serve local churches in two conferences ...

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