GC 2019 Delegates

Meet those who represent you

864 delegates attend General Conference from around the world. These elected representatives vote on your behalf and make decisions for the church.  The General Conference is the only body that can officially speak on behalf of the church.

Annual Conferences had the option of sending their delegates from the 2016 General Conference to the called session in 2019 or electing another set of delegates. When the  Michigan Conference met in June 2017, members to both the West Michigan and Detroit Annual Conferences voted to send their 2016 delegates to St. Louis.

2016 Delegation
The Michigan Delegation pictured at at the 2016 General Conference in Portland, OR.

Does every conference get the same number of delegates?

No they do not. The 864 delegates for the Special 2019 General Conference are proportionately distributed among the annual conferences across the globe.

The Michigan delegation is made up of the 4 clergy and 4 laity who were the delegation elected by the Detroit and West Michigan Annual conferences for the 2016 General Conference.  We are also sending 3 laity and 3 clergy alternates from each of the former conferences.  In June of 2019 we will elect a new Michigan Conference delegation to attend the 2020 General Conference. Based on our combined calculated numbers we may be electing 4 clergy and 4 laity for the 2020 conference.

How can I contact the delegation?

Send your comments or questions to Delegate@MichiganUMC.org

How can I become a delegate?

The next General Conference is in May 2020 and delegates will be elected at the Michigan Annual Conference in June 2019.  Click here to nominate clergy or laity

MICHIGAN CONFERENCE DELEGATION

Nichea Ver Veer Guy 

Chairperson

LAITY DELEGATE
Member of Grand Rapids Trinity Church and Chairperson of the Michigan Conference Commission on the Annual Conference

Kennetha Bigham-Tsai

CLERGY  DELEGATE
Currently, the Chief Connectional Ministries Officer for The United Methodist Church Connection Table.

Charles Boayue
Chairperson

CLERGY DELEGATE
Serving as the District Superintendent for the Greater Detroit Conference

Jackie Euper

LAITY DELEGATE
Member of Morris UMC and Chairperson of the Conference Board of Missions and Ministry.

Joy Barrett

CLERGY DELEGATE
Senior Pastor of Chelsea First UMC and Michigan Annual Conference Secretary

Wayne Bank

LAITY DELEGATE
Member of Lexington UMC

Melanie Carey

CLERGY DELEGATE
Senior Pastor of Nardin Park UMC

Diane Brown

LAITY DELEGATE
Member of Chelsea First UMC and Michigan Annual Conference Legislative Coordinator

Alternate Delegates - West Michigan

Benton Heisler

CLERGY DELEGATE
Michigan Conference Director of Connectional Ministries

LAURIE DAHLMAN

Laurie Dahlman

LAITY DELEGATE
Member of Pathfinder UMC

John Boley

CLERGY DELEGATE
Clergy Assistant to the Bishop

LAURA WITKOWSKI

Laura Witkowski

LAITY DELEGATE
Michigan Conference Associate Director of Lay Leadership Development

IVANOV, Mary

Mary Ivanov

CLERGY DELEGATE
Senior Pastor Lake Harbor UMC

ANNE SOLES

Anne Soles

LAITY DELEGATE
Member of Pentwater UMC

Alternate Delegates - Detroit

Meghan Walther

CLERGY DELEGATE
Associate Pastor of Clarkston UMC

ALEX PLUM

Alex Plum

LAITY DELEGATE
Member of Detroit Metropolitan UMC

Matthew Hook

CLERGY DELEGATE
Senior Pastor of Dexter UMC

Claudia Bowers

Claudia Bowers

LAITY DELEGATE
Member of Flint Charity UMC

Laura Spieran

CLERGY DELEGATE
Deacon at Clarkston UMC and Chairperson of the Michigan Conference Board of Ordained Ministry

RUBY_ANDERSON

Ruby Anderson

LAITY DELEGATE
Member of Scott Memorial UMC and NCJ Director of United Methodist Women