2016 Annual Conference Preachers and Speakers

William McAlillyBishop William T. (Bill) McAlilly

Bill is the Resident Bishop of the Nashville Area, elected in July 2012. He has served in a wide variety of ministry settings in Georgia and Mississippi–from a small membership church in the Mississippi Delta to a new congregation in the suburbs of Memphis to a newly organized congregation in Madison, MS to a large membership congregation in Tupelo. In 2006, Bill was appointed to serve the Seashore District of the Mississippi Conference in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Bill leads with a pastor’s heart with a vision for the reign of God. Bill is married to the former Lynn Barkley, and they have two married children and three grandchildren.

Bishop Michael McKee Bishop Michael McKee

Michael McKee is a native of Fort Worth, Texas. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin (1973), a Master of Theology from Perkins School of Theology of Southern Methodist University (1978), and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Texas Wesleyan University (2005).

He was ordained deacon in 1975 and ordained elder in 1979 in the Central Texas Annual Conference, where he served several churches, including most recently 15 years as the senior pastor of First UMC, Hurst.

He has held numerous offices including chair of the Board of Ordained Ministry and the Mid-Cities District Committee of Ordained Ministry. He was a delegate to three Jurisdictional Conferences and two General Conferences.

In 2012, McKee was elected to the episcopacy by the South Central Jurisdictional Conference and assigned to serve as the resident bishop of the Dallas Area effective September 1, 2012.

McKee chairs the Justice and Reconciliation Leadership Team, is a member of the Council of Bishops Executive Committee and serves on the UMC General Council of Finance and Administration. He serves on the Boards of Trustees of Southern Methodist University, Texas Methodist Foundation, Southwestern University, and Methodist Health System, Dallas. He also serves as chair of the Executive Board of Perkins School of Theology and co-chairs the Campaign Steering Committee of Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.

Mike and Joan (Craig) McKee have been married since 1975 and have two adult children: Erin, who is married to Darin Chidsey and living in California with their two sons, Knox and Ford; and Meredith, who lives in Dallas.

Danielle ShroyerRev. Danielle Shroyer

Danielle Shroyer is an author, speaker, blogger and pastor. She serves as Theologian-in-Residence at Journey Dallas, one of the first independent emerging communities of faith, where she pastored for 8 years. A graduate of Baylor University and Princeton Seminary, Danielle lives in Dallas with her husband and two middle schoolers. She is the author of The Boundary-Breaking God: An Unfolding Story of Hope and Promise (Jossey-Bass, 2009), Where Jesus Prayed: Illuminations on the Lord’s Prayer in the Holy Land (Paraclete Press, 2015), and the forthcoming Original Blessing: Putting Sin in its Rightful Place (Fortress Press, 2016). You can find Danielle online at www.danielleshroyer.com, on Twitter @dgshroyer, and on Facebook Danielle Shroyer.

Scott ChrostekRev. Scott M. Chrostek

Rev. Scott M. Chrostek is the Pastor at Resurrection Downtown, a campus of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection (Leawood, KS) located in the heart of downtown Kansas City, MO. RezDowntown has grown from 9 to 1000 adults in weekly worship attendance in its first five years. In the Fall of 2011, this new Christian community purchased and renovated a bar/concert venue in downtown Kansas City. In the Fall of 2013, they purchased a second site in downtown Kansas City and now worship in two locations every weekend. The congregation is 66% single and over two-thirds of its worshiping community is non-religious or nominally religious. Before life in the church, Scott spent five years working in the field of Investments. In 2012, Scott released his first book, Pursuit, which outlines the seven dimensions of living a missional life. Scott’s second book, The Misfit Mission was published through Abingdon Press and shares inspiring stories from all sorts of people, and often funny, poignant tales from his ministry in urban Kansas City. It illustrates how people can uncover their innate passion for knowing and serving Christ, and how a church can become an integral part of the community. The misfit mission is God’s own creative, surprising, crazy-beautiful way, and this book proves how we can be a part of it!

Additionally, Scott is active as a coach and mentor to Church Planters across the country and spends time speaking with young adults/millennials about finding life at work. Scott and Wendy (his wife of nine years) have served in ministry together in Michigan, Kansas and Missouri. Scott was commissioned, ordained and served his first appointment in the Detroit Annual Conference. He is a child of Birmingham First United Methodist Church and served Brighton First United Methodist Church as Associate Pastor from 2006-2009.

Rev. Cynthia A. Wilson, Ph.D.

Cynthia WilsonThis extraordinary “enlivener of song” (Ruth Duck) performs everything from Handel to Mahalia, and from Bach to Boogie. Dr. Wilson has toured Europe, including several festivals of music and recording concerts in Argentina, Brazil, Copenhagen, Denmark, a Spirit-filled concert for the World Council of Churches in Brighton, England, and a memorable fund raising tour in Seoul, Korea sponsored by Africa University (Zimbabwe). Notably, she has also shared the stage with dynamic leaders and artists such as Richard Smallwood, Edwin Hawkins (“Oh Happy Day”), Senator Hillary Clinton, Nancy Wilson, Patti LaBelle, Shirley Caesar, Donald Lawrence, Cissy Houston, the legendary Lionel Hampton, and the late Rev. James Cleveland. While serving on the faculty at Fort Worth Conservatory of Performing Arts, she taught and mentored the dynamic Mr. Kirk Franklin in 1987, and in Detroit, Michigan, mentored the award winning contemporary gospel artist, Minister Byron.

Presently, Dr. Wilson is the Assistant Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students at her alma mater, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. Most recently, Dr. Wilson has been named as Director for The New Center for Music and Worship in the Black Church Experience at Garrett-Evangelical. The center will be officially launched in the summer of 2016. As CEO of Free Indeed Global Productions, Dr. Wilson serves as a consultant to local churches and ministries around the world in the areas of Creative Worship Design, Effective Worship Leadership, Choral and Vocal Technique, and Biblically and Theologically Sound Music for Twenty-First Century worship.

Toolbox Sessions

Witness with Rev. Scott Chrostek: Creating a Culture of Invitation

Guest speaker Rev. Scott Chrostek will lead a workshop reflecting his message.
Festival Hall

Witness with Rev. Danielle Shroyer: Original Blessing

Guest speaker Rev. Danielle Shroyer will lead a workshop reflecting her message, discussing what it means practically and theologically for our witness and ministry when we shift from focusing first on sin to focusing instead first on blessing and grace from God.
Room 217

Witness with Rev. Dr. Cynthia Wilson

Guest speaker Rev. Dr. Cynthia Wilson will lead a workshop reflecting her message.
Choir Room

Flipping Church: How Successful Church Planters Are Turning Conventional Wisdom Upside Down

Rev. Mike Baughman
by the Center for New Church Starts and Development
A spirit of innovation is sweeping across the denomination. Cutting edge church planters are flipping traditional church wisdom by embracing Wesleyan theology and practice in order to best meet the needs of their neighborhood. These pioneers are learning lessons that can benefit leaders in any church. Explore the newest ideas from an upcoming book, compiled by Mike Baughman, and discover a new permissionary spirit for your congregation. The book also includes insights from Rev. Dr. Elaine Heath, Rev. Derek Jacobs, Rev. David Rangel, and Rev. Owen Ross.
Smith Worship Center

Witness – Stories: How Do We Tell Them and Why?

Rev. Marti Soper
by the Center for Leadership Development
This is a session for anyone who wants to know what telling stories has to do with effective discipleship. How do we tell a story that has impact? Which story do we choose to tell about ourselves? Why are our stories so integral to effective discipleship and leading transformational engagement in our communities? Join us to learn about what a “Story of Self” is and how it becomes the foundation for the Luke 4 Initiative, a strategy for lay leadership and engagement in the community.
Room 218

Witnessing to our Faith: The Practice of Dialogue Around Difficult Issues

Rev. Dr. Wes Magruder
by the Center for Missional Outreach
United Methodist congregations have a unique tool to help them be a faithful witness to the gospel in our times — the Social Principles. Learn how you can put the Social Principles to use in your context to spread the good news of God’s shalom in Jesus Christ, even when navigating contentious issues.
Youth Commons