Before the dust has completely settled after the United Methodist General Conference in Cleveland last May, plans are already under way for the next conference in Pittsburgh April 27-May 7, 2004.
The top legislative body of the denomination, comprising nearly 1,000 international delegates, meets every four years.
The first regular meeting of the new Commission on the General Conference is scheduled for Sept. 19-21 in Chicago. Chairman is the Rev. James M. Perry, Minneapolis; vice chairman for program, the Rev. Kenneth Chalker, Cleveland; vice chairman of facilities, Nancy Foster, Tulsa, Okla.; and secretary, Paul Extrum-Fernandez, West Sacramento, Calif.
Other members of the commission, elected at the Cleveland conference, are: the Rev. Roberto L. Gomez, Mission, Texas; the Rev. Gail Murphy-Geiss, Aurora, Colo.; the Rev. Glenn B. Kohlepp, Harmony, Pa.; Shirley Parris, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Roland Siegrist, Linz, Austria; Mollie M. Stewart, Valhermosa Springs, Ala.; the Rev. Phylemon D. Titus, Detroit; the Rev. Denny White Jr., Charlotte, N.C.; Marie-Sol Villalon, Roxas, Philippines; Aileen L.Williams, Rochester, Minn.; and the Rev. David Wilson, Oklahoma City.
Ex-officio members are Carolyn M. Marshall, Veedersburg, Ind., secretary of the General Conference; Sandra Kelley Lackore, Evanston, Ill., treasurer; and Gary K. Bowen, General Conference business manager.