The United Methodists of North Texas have a new episcopal leader, Bishop Michael McKee. Bishop McKee, a newly elected bishop, was assigned here July 20 at United Methodism’s South Central Jurisdictional gathering in Oklahoma City. Prior to his election, Bishop McKee served as pastor of the 1,100-member First UMC Hurst since 1997.read more »
2012 South Central Jurisdictional Conference
Oklahoma City, OK
July 18-21, 2012
Cox Convention Center
1 Myriad Gardens
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
2012 South Central Jurisdictional Conference News
2012 South Central Jurisdictional Conference Overview
The South Central 2012 Jurisdictional Conference will be July 18-21 in Oklahoma City. The site will be the Cox Convention Center in downtown OKC. The nearby Bricktown area, a reconstructed old warehouse district is a vibrant entertainment area now. With a river walk, retail shops, and multiple eating establishments, it will provide ample food options for delegates and visitors to the conference.
The Oklahoma Area, led by Bishop Robert E. Hayes, Jr., will host the event. A host committee, under the co-leadership of Rev. David Wilson of the OIMC, and Dr. Joseph Harris, of the Oklahoma Conference has been at work making plans for the conference. Business sessions will be in the Convention Center and worship services will be at St. Luke’s UMC.
The Jurisdictional Conference has twice the number of delegates from each Annual Conference as the delegates to the General Conference. Both numbers are lower for 2012 due to a large increase in Annual Conferences from Africa. Each Annual Conference in the Connection (whole church) is permitted a lay and a clergy delegate to General Conference. The new influx has sharply decreased the number of delegates allotted to the United States Conferences, as the top number of delegates must be under 1,000 to General Conference. The South Central Jurisdiction will have 40 fewer delegates than in 2008.
The new Logo for the 2012 Conference, which appears at the top of the page, was rendered by Mrs. Gwen Lester, a Choctaw Native American from Claremore, Ok. She and her husband Ned are active members of Christ UMC in Claremore. Mrs. Lester is an award winning artist, both in the Red Earth Competitions, and from Sante Fe, New Mexico.
2012 South Central Jurisdictional Conference Area Night Celebration
Maps for your time in Oklahoma City:
Preview Video of Host City
For a preview of our host city, have a look at this video from the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau: