During the time prior to the General Conference and following election, the entire delegation will meet many times to review and educate themselves regarding issues facing The United Methodist Church. This will involve significant study and preparation along with commitment to meet as a delegation. In this manner, the perspective of the Mississippi Annual Conference is best represented. At General Conference, the delegates will meet in committees and as an entire body. The alternates will fill in as designated by the leader of the delegation. At Jurisdictional Conference, the body meets and conducts its business primarily through plenary sessions with the election of bishops.
New General Conference dates announced: Sunday, August, 29-Tuesday, September, 6 2022.
|GENERAL CONFERENCE DELEGATE||STATUS|
|Mattie Gipson||Clergy – retired|
Delegates are listed in the order that they were elected. The first two delegates elected for Southeastern Jurisdiction Conference are automatically alternates for General Conference delegates and travel to General Conference.
*Due to the death of Turner Arant, Jim Ainsworth moved up from alternate to delegate for the 2020 General Conference delegation.
|SEJ DELEGATE NAMES||STATUS|
|Karie Sue McCaleb||clergy - alternate|
|Fitzgerald Lovett||clergy - alternate|
|Stephen Cook||clergy - alternate|
|Kathleen Smith||lay - alternate|
|Tywanda Foster||lay - alternate|
|David Stotts||Financial Administration||7|
|Mattie Gipson||Ordained Ministry||14|
|David Beckley||Higher Ed./Superintendency||10|
|Stephen Sparks||Judicial Administration||12|
|Zach Beasley||General Administration||8|
|Anne Harrington||Local Church||13|
|Mitchell Hedgepeth||Faith and Order||6|
|Jim Ainsworth||*Church and Society 2||2|
While alternate delegates are not assigned to legislative committees, we have asked our alternate delegates (listed below) to study the legislation and monitor the work to the following legislative committees.
|Connie Shelton||Global Ministries||9|
|*Church and Society 1||1|
|Leanne Burris||*Church and Society 3||3|
|Jaci Murden||Independent Commissions||11|
*There are three groups that look at matters of church and society.