Tennessee Annual Conference

Mission and Ministry
Donna Barnett and daughter Jessica Garrett are hugged and given a prayer by Lindsey Holloway and Melody Montgomery Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in Cookeville, Tenn., after a tornado touched down earlier in the week. © Shelley Mays/The Tennessean – USA TODAY Network via Imagn Content Services, LLC.

Retired pastor’s home lost to tornado

United Methodists in and around Cookeville, Tennessee, among those suffering from March 3 tornadoes.
General Church
Bishop LaTrelle Easterling, left, greets the Rev. Joey Heath-Mason immediately after ordaining him as a full elder. Photo by Alison Burdett, Baltimore-Washington Conference.

Court docket reflects busy conference season

Decisions of law by bishops, conference requests for rulings and two decision requests by the Council of Bishops are on the United Methodist Judicial Council’s fall agenda.
Mission and Ministry
Hemedi Ndjadi, age 17, has been part of the Kindu United Methodist Orphanage in East Congo for three years where he is learning carpentry skills to become a workshop manager. Photo by Chadrack Tambwe Londe, UM News.

East Congo church offers orphans brighter future

The United Methodist Church in East Congo helps orphans navigate difficult time with counseling, education and skills training to help them become self-sufficient.
General Church
Bishop Ben R. Chamness was the rare bishop to serve in two U.S. jurisdictions. Photo courtesy of the Council of Bishops.

Bishop Chamness, calm leader, dead at 78

The rare United Methodist bishop to serve in two U.S. jurisdictions, he also helped guide the denomination’s pension agency through some big decisions.

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