Preachers announced for 2016 Annual Conference

Bishop Young Jin Cho announced the preachers for the 2016 session of the Virginia Annual Conference to be held June 17-19 at the Berglund Center in Roanoke. His choices include a bishop, a South Korean mega-church pastor and a seminary vice-president.

Preacher for the Saturday evening ordination service will be Bishop Mark Webb from the Upper New York Annual Conference. Preacher for the Saturday morning mission service will be the Rev. Eun Pa Hong from Bupyeong Methodist Church in South Korea. Preacher for the Friday evening memorial service will be the Rev. Myrtle Frances Hatcher. Preacher for the retirement service will be the Rev. Jim Tongue. Annual Conference teacher will be Dr. L. Gregory Jones, Duke Divinity School.

Bishop Mark Webb

Mark Webb

The Rev. Mark J. Webb (preacher for the Saturday evening ordination service) was elected bishop on July 19, 2012, at the Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference held in Charleston, W.Va. , and was assigned to serve as the episcopal leader of the Upper New York Area effective Sept. 1, 2012.

Webb holds an M. Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Shippensburg University. At the time of his election to the episcopacy, he was serving as district superintendent of the York District of the Susquehanna Conference. He served pastorates at Aldersgate UMC, Mechanicsburg, Pa., 1994-2007; St. Paul’s UMC, Wormleysburg, Pa., 1991-1994; and Linglestown UMC 1989-1991. He received the Harry Denman Evangelism Award in 2002.

Webb was a delegate to General and Jurisdictional Conference in 2004, 2008 and 2012. He previously served as a director of The Board of Discipleship and a member of the Northeastern Jurisdictional Committee on Episcopacy.

He currently serves the General Church on the Path1 Advisory Team and the Division on Young People’s Ministries of Discipleship Ministries. He is also a trustee of United Theological Seminary.

Dr. L. Gregory Jones

Gregory Jones

Dr. L. Gregory Jones (Bible study leader) is Duke University's Vice President and Vice Provost for Global Strategy and Programs. From 1997-2010, he was Dean of Duke's Divinity School when he led the institution to a significant expansion of resources, networks and impact.

Jones currently serves as the Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams Jr. Professor of Theology and Christian Ministry at Duke Divinity School, Senior Strategist for Leadership Education at Duke Divinity, and as Senior Strategist for the Fuqua-Coach K Center for Leadership and Ethics. He also serves as Senior Advisor to the President of Baylor University and to the Institute for Faith and Learning at Baylor. In addition, he is the Executive Director of A Foundation for Theological Education that supports the John Wesley Fellows Program in doctoral education.

Jones is the author or editor of 17 books, including his most recent book, Christian Social Innovation: Renewing Wesleyan Witness.

The Rev. Eun Pa Hong

Eun Pa Hong

The Rev. Eun Pa Hong (preacher for the Saturday morning mission service) is senior pastor of Bupyeong Methodist Church (BPMC) in Incheon, Korea. Under his leadership for the past 35 years BPMC has grown into one of the largest, most vital churches in Korean Methodism. About 3,000 adults and 2,500 children and youths participate in worship at BPMC every Sunday. Throughout its 76-year history, BPMC has planted 22 churches, and most of them became independent congregations serving their communities. Also the church has sent and sponsored numerous missionaries to many different countries including Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan, Hawaii, India, Japan and South Africa.

In 2002, BPMC built a new sanctuary and Mission Center with God-given vision to serve churches and their leaders around the world. The church has hosted Pilgrimage to Korea for Spiritual Renewal programs at their Mission Center and for the past 12 years more than 3,700 clergy and laity from 122 different groups from all around the world have visited BPMC.

Rev. Hong has always emphasized prayer as the center of his own spiritual discipline and as the engine of BPMC’s ministry. Under his leadership “Early Morning Prayer Service” is held every morning at 5 a.m. with several hundred prayer warriors participating. Rev. Hong and BPMC members witness that their ministry is an answer to their prayers, and it is only possible by the grace of God.

The Rev. Myrtle F. Hatcher

Myrtle F. Hatcher

The Rev. Myrtle Frances Hatcher (preacher for the Friday evening memorial service) currently serves as pastor of Main St. UMC, Suffolk, in the James River District. She has also served as pastor of Norfolk UMC, Norfolk District; Galilee UMC, Rappahannock District; and St. James UMC, Peninsula District. She was superintendent of the Peninsula District from 2004 to 2011. She is a member of the Virginia Conference Historical Society, Cross-Cultural Resource Team and Mid-size Church Resource Team. She is a former member of the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women.

A native of Staunton, she received her undergraduate degree from Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, and her Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School where she completed the Royce and Jane Reynolds Program in Church Leadership. She was ordained an elder in the Virginia Conference in 1988.

She is married to John G. Hatcher who is executive director of Wesley Community Service Center in Portsmouth. They are parents of one deceased son and grandparents of five grandchildren.



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