Bishop Webb announces Annual Conference 2017 speakers
Upper New York Area Resident Bishop, Mark J. Webb has announced three featured speakers for the 2017 Upper New York Annual Conference, June 1-3 at the Oncenter in Syracuse.
Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean will be the study leader. Dr. Dean is an ordained elder in the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference and professor of youth, church, and culture at Princeton Theological Seminary, where she works closely with the Institute for Youth Ministry. Bishop Webb said, “Dr. Creasy Dean is a passionate follower of Jesus Christ, with a gift for communicating the good news of the Gospel. Her commitment to the church reaching new people and younger people guides much of her teaching and ministry. She will bless us!”
The Rev. Natalie Hanson will be the Memorial Service preacher. Rev. Hanson is the pastor at Christ-First UMC in Jamestown, N.Y. Prior to joining Christ First, the Rev. Hanson served as District Superintendent of the Niagara Frontier region for eight years. She supervised 81 churches in that position. Bishop Webb said, “Rev. Hanson has served faithfully in the Upper New York Conference and has provided leadership in many arenas. She is a gifted preacher with a heart for Christ and people. Her willingness to be our Memorial Service preacher will deeply enrich our experience of worship and the remembrance of the saints who have gone before us.”
The Rev. Junius B. Dotson, General Secretary of Discipleship Ministries, will serve as the speaker at the Service of Commissioning and Ordination. Before serving at Discipleship Ministries, Rev. Dotson was pastor of the Saint Mark United Methodist Church in Wichita, Kan., where he helped transform the church into a 3,500-member, multi-campus congregation. Bishop Webb said, “Rev Dotson is a gifted and respected leader within The United Methodist Church! His work as the General Secretary for Discipleship Ministries is calling the Church to stay focused on our primary task – to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. His passion for Jesus is contagious. I am honored that he will be the preacher for our service of ordination.”
In- depth articles on each of these leaders and the passion they will bring to the the 2017 Annual Conference Session will be coming in the following weeks.