Beyond A Way Forward: Leadership for the Future [Methodist] Church
April 4, 2019●8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Hempfield United Methodist Church
3050 Marietta Ave, Lancaster PA, 17601
Lancaster First United Methodist Church
29 E Walnut St, Lancaster, PA 17602
Every year, the Wesley Forum invites unique and interesting people to share their insights into how Wesleyan theology contributes to a vibrant, intelligent, and authentic faith. The Wesley Forum is presented by the Center for Methodist Studies at Evangelical Seminary.
“Beyond A Way Forward: Leadership for the Future [Methodist] Church”
A Discussion with United Methodist Bishops and a Church Historian
April 4, 2019, 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Main session: $35 per person, $25 for Evangelical Seminary Students & Alumni; includes CEU certificate for those who request one (0.4 CEUs for the main session and 0.5 CEUs for those who also attend the evening session)
Evening session is free to all and will focus on the results of the 2019 General Conference in St. Louis.
Bishop Peggy A. Johnson of the Philadelphia Episcopal Area
Bishop Mark J. Webb of the Upper New York Episcopal Area
Dr. Scott Kisker, Professor of the History of Christianity & Associate Dean at United Theological Seminary
Main session at Hempfield United Methodist Church, 3050 Marietta Ave. Lancaster PA, 17601
Evening session at Lancaster First United Methodist Church, 29 E Walnut St, Lancaster, PA 17602
8:30 AM – Registration at Hempfield United Methodist Church
9:00 – Opening worship, welcome and devotions
9:30 – Bishop Mark Webb: “A call for consistency in the midst of uncertainty”
10:30 – Break
10:45 – Bishop Peggy Johnson, “Ministry in the margins”
Noon – Lunch hosted by Hempfield UMC
1:00 PM – Dr. Scott Kisker, PhD: “Hope for the Future”
2:00 Panel discussion with all three speakers
3:00 – Conclusion
7:30 – 9:00 PM – Talks by our three guest speakers with a panel discussion that will focus on the results of the 2019 General Conference in St. Louis.
Bishop Peggy A. Johnson has been the episcopal leader of the Philadelphia Area of the UMC since her election in 2008. Prior to that she served in the Baltimore Washington Conference, where her primary appointment was to the historic Christ UMC of the Deaf. She holds a BS from Lebanon Valley College, an M. Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary and a D. Min. from Wesley Theological Seminary. Bishop Johnson authored a UMW “Mission U” study book: “The Church and Disabilities” in 2014. She is married to the Rev. Michael C. Johnson, a United Methodist pastor, and they have two adult sons, Peter and Gabriel.
Bishop Mark J. Webb has been the episcopal leader of the Upper New York Area since his election is 2012. Prior to that, he served at several UM Churches in the Susquehanna Conference, concluding his service there as District Superintendent of the York District. He holds a BA from Shippensburg University, an M. Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary and a graduate certificate in nonprofit management from the University of Connecticut. Bishop Webb was named as one of the top 100 leaders by the John C. Maxwell Transformational Leadership Award in 2018. He is a native of Williamsport, Pa., and is married to Jodi. They have two sons, Tyler, who is married to Lyndsay, and Benjamin.
Dr. Scott Kisker is an elder in the Iowa Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, and a professor of church history and associate dean for masters programs at United Theological Seminary. He earned a BA from Swarthmore College, an MDiv from Duke Divinity School, and a PhD from Drew University. His books include The Band Meeting (with Kevin Watson), Longing for Spring (with Elaine Heath), Mainline or Methodist?, and Foundation for Revival. Dr. Kisker is also one of the hosts of the bi-weekly Wesleyan podcast “Plain Truth: A Holy-Spirited Podcast.” He is married to Roberta and has five children, Maria, Susanna, Isaac, Tabitha, and Naomi.
Presented by the Center for Methodist Studies at Evangelical Seminary.