As you have seen in the Annual Conference reports, I and seven other people were elected to serve in the delegation that represents South Georgia at the General Conference in May of 2020 (four clergy and four lay delegates). Our delegation also endorsed me to be South Georgia’s episcopal nominee. Please keep in mind an endorsement is a “nomination” not an election. New bishops will be elected in July 2020 at Jurisdictional Conference. Let me assure you that I have no desire to leave St. Luke as your pastor; however, I, and all the members of our South Georgia delegation, realize the importance of having a strong, united voice at General Conference and at the Jurisdictional Conference where we will elect at least three new bishops.
I am humbled by the trust of the delegation to endorse me as a nominee for the episcopacy in 2020. Our denomination is facing challenging times, and my decision to serve as a General Conference delegate and as an episcopal nominee is a result of my concern for the future of the denomination as well as St. Luke. The election of bishops may seem like a remote concern for the local church, but the 2020 election process is especially important for South Georgia in view of the fact that we will be receiving a new bishop following the retirement of our current Bishop, Lawson Byran.
I covet your prayers as we begin the work of preparing for General Conference in May 2020 and the important work of electing bishops in July 2020.