Mississippi delegates to General Conference

4/16/2008

LAITY
Turner Arant
Hometown:
Sunflower
Church
: First UMC, Indianola
Experience: Delegate to General and Southeastern Jurisdictional conferences in 2000 and 2004. Has served on the general church and jurisdictional Episcopacy committees since 2000. Also serves on the General Board of Global Ministries, United Methodist Committee on Relief and the World Methodist Council.
Legislative Committee: Church and Society 2

David Beckley
Hometown:
Holly Springs
Church
: Asbury UMC
Experience: Served as delegate to General and jurisdictional conferences in 1996, 2000 and 2004. Chaired the Committee on Higher Education at the 2004 General Conference. Chairs the Petitions and Resolutions Committee for the Mississippi Conference. President of the National Association of Schools and Colleges of the United Methodist Church.
Legislative Committee: Ministry and Higher Education

David Stotts
Hometown:
Madison
Church: Madison UMC
Experience: First-time delegate. Serves on the board of directors of the United Methodist Property and Casualty Trust. Mississippi Conference director of finance and administration/treasurer and conference benefits officer.
Legislative Committee: Financial Administration

Bill Smallwood
Hometown:
New Albany
Church: First UMC, New Albany
Experience: Reserve delegate to General Conference in 1988. Delegate to General Conference in 1992, 2000 and 2004. Reserve delegate to jurisdictional conference in 1996. Delegate to jurisdictional conference in 1988, 1992, 2000 and 2004. Director of the General Board of Global Ministries and UMCOR board, 1992-96; director of General Commission on Religion and Race since 2004.
Legislative Committee: Conferences

Sara Hillman
Hometown:
Kosciusko
Church
: First UMC, Kosciusko
Experience: Delegate to the 2004 General Conference and to the 2000 and 2004 Southeastern Jurisdictional conferences. Member of the Long-Range Study Committee for Lake Junaluska and the Study Committee for Agencies of the Southeastern  Jurisdiction; conference secretary for United Methodist Women, 1993-97; dean of School of Christian Mission, 1998-99.
Legislative Committee: Judicial Administration

Mary Ford
Hometown:
Quitman
Church
: First UMC, Quitman
Experience: First-time delegate. Conference director of Lay Speaking Min-istries. Serves on the SEJ Lay Speaking Association for District and Conference Directors and on the general church Conference Directors of Lay Speaking Ministries.
Legislative Committee: General Administration

Jack Ramsey
Hometown:
Hattiesburg
Church: Heritage UMC, Hattiesburg
Experience: General Conference alternate delegate in 2000 and 2004. Delegate to jurisdictional conference 2000 and 2004. Past chair of Seashore Assembly board; Seashore District Board of Trustees.
Legislative Committee: Faith and Order

Steve McAlilly
Hometown:
Tupelo
Church: First UMC, Tupelo
Experience: Delegate to General Conference in 1996, 2000 and 2004. Delegate to SEJ Conference in 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004. Board of Directors of Methodist Publishing House. Conference Personnel Committee, 1998-2004, chair 2002-04; chair of Conference Commission on Equitable Compensation.
Legislative Committee: Local Church

 

CLERGY
Joe May
Hometown:
Jackson
Appointment:  Anderson UMC
Experience: Delegate to General Conference numerous times, including 1996, 2000 and 2004. Served ap-pointments in Lexington, Kosciusko Wesley, conference Council on Ministries staff, superintendent of the Cleveland District of the former North Mississippi Conference, Meridian St. Paul-Haven Chapel, administrative assistant to the bishop and director of Ministerial Services.
Legislative Committee: Discipleship

Bill McAlilly
Hometown:
Gulfport
Appointment: Seashore District superintendent
Experience: Delegate to General Conference in 2004. Served appointments at New Albany First, Lambert, Getwell Road, Philadelphia First, Madison St. Matthew's, Tupelo First.
Legislative Committee: Superintendency
 

Tim Thompson
Hometown:
Meridian
Appointment: Meridian District superintendent
Experience: First-time delegate. Served  New Fork and Hopewell in the North Georgia Conference and Itta Bena-Samuel Chapel/Wesley Foundation director at Mississippi Valley State University, Meridian Haven Chapel, Meridian St. Paul.
Legislative Committee: Conferences

Sheila Cumbest
Hometown:
Moss Point
Appointment: Ministerial Services director
Experience: Delegate to General Conference in 2004. Served Jackson Galloway, Lucedale First, Jackson Alta Woods. ordained deacon.
Legislative Committee: Global Ministries

 

Ginger Jones Holland
Hometown:
Pontotoc
Appointment: Fairview-Robbs
Experience: Served as delegate to General Conference in 1988 in the former North Mississippi Conference. Served appointments as staff on the North Mississippi Council on Ministries, Oxford-University, Cleveland St. Luke-Shipman, Wesley Foundation director at Delta State University, Olive Branch Maples Memorial and Wesley Foundation director at Itawamba Community College.
Legislative Committee: Faith and Order

Mike Childs
Hometown:
Louisville
Appointment: First UMC, Louisville
Experience: First-time delegate. Served appointments at Horn Lake, New Hope-Murrah's Chapel, Goodman, Meadville, Houston First and Louisville First.
Legislative Committee: Church and Society 1

 

Bryan Collier
Hometown:
Tupelo
Appointment: The Orchard, Tupelo
Experience: First-time delegate. Served appointments at Tupelo Wesley and as founding pastor of The Orchard since 1998.
Legislative Committee: Independent Commissions

 

Mattie Gipson
Hometown:
Hattiesburg
Appointment: St. Paul UMC, Hattiesburg
Experience: Delegate to the 2004 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference. Served as elder in full connection since 1999.
Legislative Committee: Church and Society 2