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AC19 Resolutions Passed

published 6/24/2019
During the 2019 annual meeting of the Central Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church, two resolutions were presented and discussed by the members of the Annual Conference on Wednesday, June 12. Both resolutions –  "What's Next in the Central Texas Annual Conference" and "Transparency of Usage of Funds Used for Clergy Trials" -  were passed by the Annual Conference. To download the resolutions, click on the appropriate links below: A Resolution on What's Next in the Central Texas Annual...

Celebrating Years of Service

published 6/3/2019
Bishop Mike Lowry, episcopal leader of the Central Texas Conference UMC, celebrated two Central Texas Conference team members, for their more than 5 years of service - Susan Craig (pictured on the left), Area Administrator for the Assistant to Bishop Office, and Claire Condrey (pictured on the right), Coordinator of Youth Ministry. "We are so thankful for all the ministry and work that Susan and Claire have done and continue to do in Energizing and Equipping the Local Church in Making Disciples ...

Welcome Bradley Alexander

published 6/3/2019
We are excited to welcome Bradley Alexander to our Central Texas Conference Staff as a part of the Communication/IT Team. Bradley will be joining our team as our Web Designer and Social Media Strategist. Bradley is passionate about and experienced in employing web-based mediums in ministry settings. This experience and drive will be a energizing (and equipping) asset in the conference's mission (and WIG) of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. He also brings some...

Bishop Lowry Delivers Keynote Address / Receives Honorary Doctor of Divinity During United Theological Seminary Spring Commencement

published 5/21/2019
United Theological Seminary celebrated 92 women and men who have completed their theological education and are going out to serve as faithful, fruitful leaders of the Church during its Spring Commencement on May 18. Bishop Lowry delivered the commencement address to a packed house at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Dayton, OH, encouraging graduates to keep Jesus at the center of their lives and ministries.   Among the graduating class were 48 receiving master’s degrees, 31 receiving the ...

Blue Cross Blue Shield Removes 14 DFW-area ERs from Its “In-Network” List

published 4/24/2019
In a statement released Wednesday, April 24 by Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS), the largest health insurance provider in Texas stated that as of April 15, the emergency room (ER) doctors at many Texas Health Resources (THR) facilities are no longer in-network providers. THR hospitals remain as in-network facilities; however, many of the ER doctors are employed by a third-party company – in this instance Texas Medicine Resources. BCBS failed to reach an agreement with Texas Medicine Resources, ...

Rev. Louis Carr II Appointed as North District Superintendent

published 2/10/2019
Bishop Mike Lowry, episcopal leader of the Central Texas Conference UMC, has announced that Rev. Louis Carr will be appointed as the District Superintendent of the North District of the Central Texas Conference effective March 1 ,2019. Louis succeeds Rev. Travis Franklin who is leaving the cabinet to take over as the senior pastor of First United Methodist Church of Grapevine. Rev. Carr currently serves as the senior pastor of Harvest UMC.   “Rev. Louis Carr brings to the District and the ...

Dr. Randy Wild Permanently Appointed as East District Superintendent Effective July 1.

published 2/10/2019
Bishop Lowry has announced that Dr. Randy Wild will remove the interim tag and permanently assume the role of East District Superintendent effective July 1. Dr. Wild has been serving as the East District’s interim DS since Jan. 1.   “Thank God for Dr. Randy Wild’s faithfulness!” exclaimed Bishop Lowry upon making the announcement of his return to the CTC Cabinet. “Randy’s administrative leadership is welded to a record of pastoral excellence at a number of settings and he has already provided ...

Clarifying Information About the Pension Impacts of the 2019 General Conference

published 1/17/2019
Wespath Benefits and Investments recently issued some clarifying information about the pension impacts of the Called 2019 General Conference. The following is an email sent to the Council of Bishops from General Secretary and CEO of Wespath Barbara Boigegrain in response to inaccurate information and rumors being floated around the internet regarding the potential impact that General Conference 2019 could have on clergy benefits.   As we draw closer to the special called General Conference,...

Services for Mary Jean Russell Announced

published 12/28/2018
Mrs. Mary Jean Russell, wife of Bishop John Russel (retired), passed on to the church triumphant on Thursday, Dec. 27. The Russell family has announced that Mary Jean's celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church Fort Worth. Mrs. Russell will be interred at Greenwood Memorial Park in Fort Worth at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 2. Mary Jean served the DFW area and the Central Texas Conference in myriad ways - including as the Bishop's wife from 1980 to 1992. Bishop...

Remembering a Good and Faithful Servant - Bishop Ben Chamness

published 12/22/2018
Bishop Ben Chamness passed on to the Church Triumphant through the resurrection of our Lord at 3:01 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 22. Bishop Lowry, who was immediately preceded as the episcopal leader of the Central Texas Conference by Bishop Chamness, is asking all members of the Central Texas Conference, and people of faith everywhere to join him in prayers of peace and healing for his wife Joye and the entire Chamness family and of gratitude for the lifetime of service shared by Bishop Chamness.    “...

Council of Bishops Call for Immediate Release of Missionaries Being Held by Republic of Philippines

published 6/26/2018
UMC Bishops Call on Methodists Worldwide to Pray for Detained Missionaries; Launch Worldwide #LetThemLeave Campaign Against  the Treatment of Three Missionaries in the Philippines Being Denied Permission to Leave the Country. The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church (COB) has issued a statement calling for the immediate release of three young UMC missionaries who are being prevented from leaving the Republic of the Philippines by the country’s government. The missionaries are ...

2018 Central Texas Annual Conference Votes to Oppose Current U.S. Zero Tolerance Immigration Policy

published 6/18/2018
Bishop Lowry voices his ardent support of AC18 Resolution, which calls policy of separating children from parents “inhumane” and denounces the establishment of “tent cities” in Texas. Central Texas Conference congregations and members tare urged o contact their U.S. representatives in Congress and the White House and call for an immediate reversal of these actions.  For Immediate Release Monday, June 18, 2018 Access PDF Version Here On June 13, responding to the U.S. Department of Homeland ...

2017 Christmas & New Years Holiday Schedule

published 12/11/2017
The Central Texas Conference Service Center (CTCSC) will be closed for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays from Dec. 22 – Jan. 1. The CTCSC will resume normal business hours at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2. If you have an emergency and need to reach a member of the CTC Service Center when the CTCSC is closed, call 817-994-0139 or e-mail CTCSC@ctcumc.org. 2017 End-of-Year Giving Remittance Schedule Refer to the timetable below as you plan your church’s year-end remittances to the Conference ...

Tax Law Passed in 2016 Allows Seniors with IRAs to Avoid RMD Tax by Giving to Their Local Church

published 11/27/2017
Time is Running Out on 2017 - Share the Following Giving/Tax Saving Tips With Your Church Today!  Many Americans who are more than 70 1/2 years old have Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) that force them to take a required minimum distribution (RMD) each year. However, very few of them know that rather than taking that RMD themselves (and paying taxes on the money withdrawn), they can give that RMD directly to a charity (like your church) and avoid paying any taxes on the withdrawal.  ...

Unwrapping the Spirt of Christmas Deep in the Heart (Central) Texas

published 11/21/2017
UMC Christmas Road tour makes Waco its first stop as it aims to unwrap the true meaning of Christmas with fellowship and collections benefitting Gifts for Grannies and Methodist Children’s Home. Those meandering throughout Downtown Waco with visions of sugarplums this Saturday (Dec. 2) might also get a glimpse of the true meaning of Christmas complete with some free hot cocoa.   An easy-to-find bedecked tour truck will be the centerpiece of “The True Meaning of Christmas Tour” festivities from ...

Prayers for Peace, Healing & Hope in the Wake of Deadly Mass Shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas

published 11/6/2017
As details about the alleged shooter, his motivation for the shooting and those affected by Sunday's mass shooting - the deadliest history for the state of Texas - continue to unfold, Bishop Lowry and local church leaders are calling on the people of the Central Texas Conference to pray. According to authorities, the mass shooting at a Baptist Church in the rural Texas town of Sutherland Springs, which claimed the lives of 26 people (age 18-months to 77) was neither racially nor religiously ...

Bishop Lowry Calls for Prayer in Wake of Las Vegas Mass Shooting

published 10/2/2017
As information and details continue to come to light from Sunday night’s (Oct. 1) mass shooting – already the worst mass shooting in modern U. S. history – there is still no known motive for why a gunman perched on the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel-casino unleashed a hail of bullets on an outdoor country music festival, killing at least 58 people and injuring more than 500. Even as Christians and people of faith across the country ask “Why?” the call for prayer is rising amidst the calamity ...

Bishop Mike McKee Named 2017 Distinguished Alumni

published 9/30/2017
Bishop McKee joins Rev. Karen Greenwaldt (2014) and Dr. John McKellar (2016) as recent Perkins Distinguished Alums with longtime ties to the Central Texas Conference. Bishop Michael McKee, episcopal leader of  the North Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church, has been named as the 2017 Distinguished Alumnus of Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. He will be honored during the annual awards banquet at 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13, in the Great Hall of Elizabeth ...

Commission On A Way Forward Shares It's Progress and Process

published 7/28/2017
The Commission on a Way Forward (COWF) has released a status report to the UMC Council of Bishops (COB) as well as the entire United Methodist Church (UMC), updating the church and the leaders on the faithful work of the Commission after four meetings. The update was released as a PDF and video slide show and is intended to be an update on the commissions processes and progress to date – this report has no official recommendations, final results or any direction to the COB and/or the called ...

Bishop Lowry Calls on all CTC Methodists to Pray in Wake of Virginia Shooting

published 6/14/2017
As the final chords of another powerful and inspiring AC17 opening song still reverberated in the rafters of First Methodist Mansfield, Bishop Lowry rose and called on the body of the Central Texas Annual Conference and all United Methodists in the CTC to be in prayer for all those affected by Wednesday morning’s shootings at a GOP baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia.   According to news reports, A gunman opened fire Wednesday morning on a baseball practice at a park in Alexandria ...

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