North Texas Annual Conference Information

NTC by the Numbers:

300 churches
160,000 members
4 districts
20 counties

History of the North Texas Annual Conference

United Methodism in North Texas began in 1816–17 as part of Arkansas Methodism in the
Missouri Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church. When the denomination divided in
1844–45, Methodists of this area became a part of the East Texas Conference of the Methodist
Episcopal Church, South. In 1867, the approximate area of what is now this conference was set
apart as the Trinity Conference, and later (1874) renamed the North Texas Conference.

The Methodist Episcopal Church had little organized work in Texas after 1845, until 1867 when
a Texas Mission was formed. Out of that Mission came the West Texas Conference (primarily
Black). In 1939, the Methodist Episcopal Church, the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and The
Methodist Protestant Church united to form The Methodist Church. The West Texas Conference,
while a part of The Methodist Church, was in the Central Jurisdiction (all Black). The North
Texas Conference was a part of the South Central Jurisdiction, which was one of the geographical
jurisdictions.

At the Uniting Conference to form the United Methodist Church held in Dallas, Texas, April
1968, a new Annual Conference was formed in North Texas including members, congregations,
and ministers of the North Texas Conference of the Methodist Church of the South Central
Jurisdiction (1939–1968), and members, one congregation, and one minister of the Oklahoma-
Texas Conference of the Evangelical and United Brethren Church (1886-1968).

At a merger conference held in Dallas, Texas, in May, 1970, members, congregations, and ministers
of the North Texas Conference; and members, congregations, and ministers of the West Texas
Conference located within the geographical boundaries of the North Texas Conference became the
North Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church.

In 1988, the South Central Jurisdictional Conference, meeting in New Orleans, created two
episcopacies from what had been the single Dallas-Fort Worth Episcopal Area. This action resulted
in the geographical region encompassed by the North Texas Conference being designated the
Dallas Episcopal Area, while the Central Texas Conference became the Ft. Worth Area. Since that
time, the North Texas Conference has been served by its own bishop.

The sessions of the current North Texas Conference are numbered first from 1867, the organizational
date for the North Texas Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and the Texas
Mission of the Methodist Episcopal Church and secondly from 1970, the date of merger of the
former North Texas and West Texas Conferences.

A list of the Conference Sessions of these separate conferences is printed in:

  1. the 1939 Journal of the North Texas Conference, South Central Jurisdiction, (P.28–29)
    and the 1967 Journal of the North Texas Conference, South Central Jurisdiction (P.140);
  2. the 1967 Journal of the West Texas Conference of the Central Jurisdiction (P.88);
  3. the 1967 Official Record of the Oklahoma-Texas Conference of the Evangelical and
    United Brethren Church (P.17); and
  4. other histories of Methodism in North Texas.

Conference Sessions Dates and Locations:

Between Union (1968) and Merger (1970):

WEST TEXAS ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Place
Date
President
Secretary
(94) AustinMay 27, 1968Bishop Noah W. Moore, Jr.M.C. Stone
(95) San AntonioJune 2, 1969Bishop O. Eugene SlaterM.C. Stone
(96) AustinMay 18, 1970Bishop O. Eugene SlaterM.C. Stone

 

NORTH TEXAS ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Place
Date
President
Secretary
(102) DallasMay 31, 1968Bishop W. Kenneth PopeBill Morgan Smith
(103) DallasJune 2, 1969Bishop W. Kenneth PopeBill Morgan Smith
(104) DallasJune 1, 1970Bishop W. Kenneth PopeBill Morgan Smith

 

FOLLOWING MERGER

Place
Date
President
Secretary
112 DallasMay 28, 1978Bishop W. McFerrin StoweIra M. Thompson Jr.
113 DallasMay 27, 1979Bishop W. McFerrin StoweIra M. Thompson Jr.
114 DallasMay 25, 1980Bishop W. McFerrin StoweMichael Loy Nichols
115 DallasMay 24, 1981Bishop John W. RussellMichael Loy Nichols
116 DallasMay 23, 1982Bishop John W. RussellMichael Loy Nichols
117 Wichita FallsMay 29, 1983Bishop John W. RussellMichael Loy Nichols
118 DallasMay 27, 1984Bishop John W. RussellMichael Loy Nichols
119 DallasMay 26, 1985Bishop John W. RussellMichael Loy Nichols
120 Wichita FallsMay 25, 1986Bishop John W. RussellMichael Loy Nichols
121 DallasMay 24, 1987Bishop John W. RussellMichael Loy Nichols
122 DallasMay 29, 1988Bishop John W. RussellMichael Loy Nichols
123 DallasJune 4, 1989Bishop Bruce P. BlakeMichael Loy Nichols
124 DallasJune 3, 1990Bishop Bruce P. BlakeMichael Loy Nichols
125 Wichita FallsJune 2, 1991Bishop Bruce P. BlakeMichael Loy Nichols
126 PlanoJune 7, 1992Bishop Bruce P. BlakeMichael Loy Nichols
127 PlanoJune 6, 1993Bishop Bruce P. BlakeLarry W. George
128 PlanoJune 5, 1994Bishop Bruce P. BlakeLarry W. George
129 PlanoJune 4, 1995Bishop Bruce P. BlakeLarry W. George
130 Plano/DallasJune 2, 1996Bishop Bruce P. BlakeLarry W. George
131 Plano/DallasJune 1, 1997Bishop William B. OdenLarry W. George
132 Plano/DallasMay 31, 1998Bishop William B. OdenLarry W. George
133 Wichita FallsJune 6, 1999Bishop William B. OdenLarry W. George
134 PlanoJune 4, 2000Bishop William B. OdenLarry W. George
135 PlanoJune 3, 2001Bishop William B. OdenLeighton H. Bearden
136 PlanoJune 2, 2002Bishop William B. OdenLeighton H. Bearden
137 PlanoJune 1, 2003Bishop William B. OdenLeighton H. Bearden
138 PlanoJune 6, 2004Bishop William B. OdenLeighton H. Bearden
139 Wichita FallsJune 5, 2005Bishop Rhymes H. Moncure Jr.Leighton H. Bearden
140 PlanoJune 4, 2006Bishop Rhymes H. Moncure Jr.Leighton H. Bearden
141 PlanoJune 3, 2007Bishop Alfred L. NorrisLeighton H. Bearden
142 PlanoJune 8, 2008Bishop Alfred L. NorrisLeighton H. Bearden
143 PlanoJune 7, 2009Bishop W. Earl BledsoeJudith Anderson Reedy
144 Wichita FallsJune 6, 2010Bishop W. Earl BledsoeJudith Anderson Reedy
145 PlanoJune 5, 2011Bishop W. Earl BledsoeJudith Anderson Reedy
146 PlanoJune 3, 2012Bishop W. Earl BledsoeJudith Anderson Reedy
147 RichardsonJune 2, 2013Bishop Michael McKeeJudith Anderson Reedy
148 RichardsonJune 7, 2014Bishop Michael McKeeJudith Anderson Reedy

 

SESSIONS OF THE GENERAL CONFERENCE
OF THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

1976Portland, OregonJ. B. Holt
1980Indianapolis, IndianaJ. B. Holt
1984Baltimore, MarylandJ. B. Holt
1988St. Louis MissouriFaith Richardson
1992Louisville, KentuckyCarolyn M. Marshall
1996Denver, ColoradoCarolyn M. Marshall
2000Cleveland, OhioCarolyn M. Marshall
2004Pittsburg, PennsylvaniaCarolyn M. Marshall
2008Fort Worth, TexasFitzgerald Reist
2012Tampa, FloridaFitzgerald Reist

 

THE SOUTH CENTRAL JURISDICTION CONFERENCES
OF THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

1980Little Rock, ArkansasS. Duane Bruce
1984Lubbock, TexasS. Duane Bruce
1988New Orleans, LouisianaEarl B. Carter
1992Fort Worth, TexasEarl B. Carter
1996Kansas City, MissouriL. Ray Branton
2000Albuquerque, New MexicoThalia Matherson
2004Corpus Christi, TexasThalia Matherson
2008Dallas, TexasDavid Severe
2012Oklahoma City, OklahomaDavid Severe