Photo: Bishop Scott Jones
WICHITA, Kan. –– An awesome lineup of speakers, a former prison inmate, a potato drop, outstanding singing, and fellowship with men throughout the South Central Jurisdictions are featured at a July 29-31 conference at First UMC in Wichita.
Persons in other areas of the country are invited to participate in the event through a webcast.
Bishop Scott Jones
Kansas Area Bishop Scott Jones, a graduate of the University of Kansas (B.A.), Perkins School of Theology (Th.M.), and Southern Methodist University (Ph.D.), will open the three-day event on Friday evening. After serving churches in Texas and teaching at Perkins, he was elected to the episcopacy in 2004.
The Rev. Todd Guinn
On Saturday morning, the Rev. Todd Guinn, a staff member of First UMC in Wichita, will address the assembly. A graduate of Southwestern College (B.A.), the no-holds-barred pastor has a contagious passion for sharing Christ in an inspiring and engaging manner.
The rest of the morning and early afternoon will be busy with a potato drop, and prison- and men’s-ministry sessions.
The Rev. Dr. Kevass J. Harding
The Rev. Dr. Kevass J. Harding, pastor of Dellrose UMC in Wichita, will be the late afternoon speaker.
A graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso (B.S.) and Phillips Theological Seminary (M.Div.) and United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio (D.Min.), In 1998, Harding was appointed to the 25-member Dellrose UMC, The church has now grown to over 650 members.
Bishop Robert Hayes
On Saturday evening the assembly will gather around the Communion table with Oklahoma Area Bishop Robert Hayes as the celebrant and speaker.
A graduate of Huston-Tillotson College, Perkins School of Theology (Th.M.) and Drew University in Madison, N.J. (D.Min.), Hayes was elected to the episcopacy in 2004 while serving as treasurer of the Texas Annual Conference. Previously, he served as a served as a local church pastor for 25 years and a district superintendent for seven years.
Marvin W. Hood
Marvin W. Hood, pastor and founder of Newgate Fellowship in Spring, Texas, will lead a session on prison ministry.After serving time in prison, Hood graduated from Sam Houston State University, and he now attends seminary at Perkins School of Theology.
Newgate Fellowship seeks reconciliation and restoration for persons impacted by crime, isolation, and broken-life experiences.
Music will be provided by Roger Cooper, one of the best old-time fiddlers and guitar players in America. Raised in Kentucky, home of fiddle music, his CD, “Going Back to Old Kentucky,” elevates him from the category of a technical wonder into a fully rounded musician.
To register for the event or to download a brochure, visit www.tcumm.org. Click on the SCJ Gathering. You may also register for the webcast at the site.