The conference lay leader is the elected leader of conference laity and is an officer of the annual conference. The conference lay leader is a professing member of a local church in the annual conference.
Mike Ford attends and is an active member of First UMC, Glen Rose in the North District. As the conference lay leader, Mike participates in annual conference sessions as a partner in ministry with Bishop Lowry. In the Central Texas Conference that also makes him a member of the cabinet.