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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    Rev. Junius Dotson to speak at AC2017 Service of Commissioning and Ordination

    March 1, 2017 / By Katherine Christiansen

    The Rev. Dr. Junius B. Dotson, General Secretary of Discipleship Ministries, will serve as the speaker at the Service of Commissioning and Ordination at the 2017 Upper New York Annual Conference session on Saturday, June 3.

    “I’m looking forward to preaching the Ordination Service,” Rev. Dotson said. “I feel honored to share in such an important service.”

    During the service, he said he will focus on the privilege of serving and utilizing our gifts for the building of the kingdom.

    “I’ll talk about my own call and the joy I felt when I first began this journey,” Rev. Dotson said. “The message will offer some significant learning about pastoring and effective leadership from a pastor that has served in a variety of churches in very diverse settings.”

    In addition, he said he will discuss the unique challenges of leading a church in 2017 as well as offer encouragement for those who are still on the mission field and use the moment to help people remember the “why” of their call.

    Rev. Dotson is a visionary leader in church revitalization.

    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.

    He studied at the University of Texas at Arlington, where he received his undergraduate degree in political science with a concentration in economics, and the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, Calif., where he earned his Master of Divinity degree. Dotson was ordained in June 1992.

    Rev. Dotson served on the Board of Ordained Ministry and the Revitalization Taskforce of the former Kansas West Conference – now part of the Great Plains Conference. He served as facilitator for the Fitzgerald Program, a Discipleship Ministries program to equip pastors to begin start-up congregations. From 2009 to 2012, Rev. Dotson served on the Board of Directors of Discipleship Ministries, where he was chair of the New Church Starts/Path 1 division of the agency. Rev. Dotson also served on The Wichita Food Bank Executive Board and was appointed by the governor of Kansas to serve on the Kansas Sentencing Commission.

    Editor's Note: Some information from this article comes from Discipleship Ministries’ website.

    TAGGED / Annual Conference 2017


    With more than 168,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 867 local churches and 65 new faith communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our mission is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."