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) Austin May 27, 1968 Bishop Noah W. Moore, Jr. M.C. Stone
(95) San Antonio June 2, 1969 Bishop O. Eugene Slater M.C. Stone
(96) Austin May 18, 1970 Bishop O. Eugene Slater M.C. Stone

 

NORTH TEXAS ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Place
Date
President
Secretary
(102) Dallas May 31, 1968 Bishop W. Kenneth Pope Bill Morgan Smith
(103) Dallas June 2, 1969 Bishop W. Kenneth Pope Bill Morgan Smith
(104) Dallas June 1, 1970 Bishop W. Kenneth Pope Bill Morgan Smith

 

FOLLOWING MERGER

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

 

SESSIONS OF THE GENERAL CONFERENCE
OF THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

1976 Portland, Oregon J. B. Holt
1980 Indianapolis, Indiana J. B. Holt
1984 Baltimore, Maryland J. B. Holt
1988 St. Louis Missouri Faith Richardson
1992 Louisville, Kentucky Carolyn M. Marshall
1996 Denver, Colorado Carolyn M. Marshall
2000 Cleveland, Ohio Carolyn M. Marshall
2004 Pittsburg, Pennsylvania Carolyn M. Marshall
2008 Fort Worth, Texas Fitzgerald Reist
2012 Tampa, Florida Fitzgerald Reist

 

THE SOUTH CENTRAL JURISDICTION CONFERENCES
OF THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

1980 Little Rock, Arkansas S. Duane Bruce
1984 Lubbock, Texas S. Duane Bruce
1988 New Orleans, Louisiana Earl B. Carter
1992 Fort Worth, Texas Earl B. Carter
1996 Kansas City, Missouri L. Ray Branton
2000 Albuquerque, New Mexico Thalia Matherson
2004 Corpus Christi, Texas Thalia Matherson
2008 Dallas, Texas David Severe
2012 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma David Severe