2021 Peninsula-Delaware Annual Conference

Officiating Bishop: Bishop Peggy A. Johnson

Guest speakers:

- Mr. Manual Padilla, Executive Director of the Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministry with the General Church

- Rev. Dr. Ron Bell Jr., Lead Pastor of Camphor Memorial UMC in St. Paul, Minnesota.

- Bishop Jeremiah J. Park, leader of the Susquehanna Conference, preached at Service of Ordination and Commissioning.

- Bishop Peggy Johnson preached for the last time as Bishop of the Peninsula-Delaware Annual Conference at the Service of Remembrance.

Pen-Del Annual Conference by the numbers

The conference approved 11 resolutions for disaffiliating churches, and nine other resolutions including:

- The Conference designated Zoar UME, Odessa, Delaware, as a conference historic site. Zoar came to life in 1845 and provided a meeting place for the enslaved and free African American community in the area. Zoar also has ties to the Underground Railroad as a resting place for enslaved freedom seekers on the way north.

- Updating the housing policy and setting a new Parsonage Standards policy.

- Passed 2022 Covenant Funding Plan (spending budget) of $4.8. million.

Resolutions or actions related to the postponed 2020 General Conference, now set for 2022: None

Number of churches that closed: None at the time of Annual Conference.

Any special annual conference set: No

Endorsement of episcopal candidate: No

Other resolutions adopted by the conference: The usual, annual clergy compensation and benefits resolutions, insurance package, rental and housing allowances for retired or disabled ministers.

Delegates for 2020 General Jurisdictional Conference

Clergy: Vicki Gordy-Stith, Megan Shitama Weston

Lay: Yvonne Jackson, William Westbrook 

Delegates for 2020 Jurisdictional Conference

Clergy: David Bennett, Jacqueline Ford

Lay: Erin Schutt, Carl Samans

Reserve Clergy: Karen Jones, Jonathan Whitney

Reserve Lay: Regina Nichols, Chelsea Spyres

Did the conference have to elect replacement delegates due to the delay? No

Was there a push at your conference to elect younger delegates? No

Number of people ordained, commissioned or received into associate membership, and average age: 1 commissioned elder.

Did your clergy session approve any openly gay candidates for ministry? No.

Number of clergy retired: 14 first time retirees and four re-retirees.

Membership stands at 67,166, down 2,852 from 2019.

In-person worship attendance stands at: 19,390, down 6,736 from 2019.  

Online worship attendance stands at 57,386, up 47,839 from 2019.

Professions of faith: 356, down 450 from 2019.

Adults and young adults in small groups: 15,275, down 3,260 from 2019.

Worshippers engaged in mission: 10,936, down 3,281 from 2019.

Total given to missions by the local church: $3,317,433, down $784,661 from 2019.

— Douglas C. Lanter, director of communications, Peninsula-Delaware Annual Conference


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June 22-24, 2021, online and across Minnesota