FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 9, 2022
Brothers and sisters in Christ,
On April 19, 2021, I announced the formation of the 10-person, Mississippi Conference District Realignment Task Force to evaluate whether our current configuration of 11 districts and 11 district superintendents is our best structure for the future. This group was also charged with examining the relationship of the district superintendent with local churches. In short, the group is seeking to ask two questions:
Take this brief survey so that the task force can consider and include your input in its findings. The last day to complete the survey is June 18.
The task force is conducting several interviews and surveys to help inform their work. The group envisions making its initial recommendations by November 30, 2022 for consideration at the 2023 session of the annual conference next summer.
For more information and future updates, visit mississippi-umc.org/realignment.
Task Force Member Names listed in alphabetical order:
|Donna (DK) Baria||Lay person|
|Paulette Buford-James||Starkville District Superintendent|
|Stephen Cook||Dean of the cabinet and district superintendent|
|Cheryl Denley||District secretary|
|Mike Hicks||Retired clergy and former district superintendent|
|Smith Lilley||Associate pastor, Tupelo First UMC|
|Sandra Rasberry||Lay person and clergy spouse of former district superintendent|
|Andrew Richardson||Lay person|
|Emily Sanford||Pastor, Wesley UMC, Tupelo|
|Vera Thomas||District lay leader, Seashore District|
|James Mason||Lay person, conference facilitator|
|LaToya Redd-Thompson||Conference lay leader|
|David Stotts||Lay person, conference treasurer and chief benefits officer|