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2017 Annual Conference Featured Speakers

2017 Annual Conference Featured Speakers

Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey to serve as preacher for 2017 Service of Commissioning and Ordination

Cynthia Fierro Harvey serves as bishop of the Louisiana Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, having been assigned there in September of 2012. The Louisiana Annual Conference is composed of 486 congregations and 118,725 members and includes the entire state of Louisiana.

Under Bishop Harvey’s leadership, the Louisiana Annual Conference follows a mission and vision focus to: lead others to an abundant life in Christ; engage in the community; learn, live and tell the gospel story; and reach out and draw-in people from all walks of life resulting in vibrant, alive and vital congregations. The vision and mission are undergirded by Core Values: integrity, accountability, unrelenting love for all people, courage and risk, and holding nothing sacred but the mission. She continues to draw upon the vision and mission at every opportunity.

She has challenged faith communities to look beyond themselves and to keep an eye focused on the edge where God is at work. Bishop Harvey also has a passion for young people as they lead the church into a future filled with possibilities.

In connection with her Episcopal assignment, she serves on the Boards of Trustees for Centenary College, Dillard University, and Southern Methodist University, and The Perkins School of Theology Executive Board. She also serves as a board member of the United Methodist Foundation of Louisiana. Bishop Harvey is the Vice-Chair of the Commission on United Methodist Communications for The United Methodist Church. She served as the President of the South Central Jurisdiction College of Bishops from 2013-14 and currently serves as the Secretary of the Council of Bishops.

After graduating from the University of Texas in Austin in 1980, Bishop Harvey spent 12 years in the corporate world as a regional director of marketing for the Rouse Company, a shopping center developer with properties throughout the United States. She focused on properties in Texas, Colorado, Arkansas and Louisiana. In 1992, she responded to a life-long call and began her ministerial work as a local pastor and continuing later to Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, earning a Master of Divinity.

Harvey went on to serve as associate pastor for The Foundry United Methodist Church in Houston from 1992-1996 and as executive pastor for Memorial Drive UMC in Houston from 1996-2008. She then moved to the position of Director of Missional Excellence for the Texas Annual Conference, serving from February of 2008-May 1, 2010.

Just prior to her election as a United Methodist bishop during the 2012 South Central Jurisdictional Conference, Harvey served as Deputy General Secretary for United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).

Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey was born on May 5, 1959 in Big Spring, Texas. She and her husband, Dean Alan Harvey, were married in 1981. Dean is a financial advisor and owns his own firm. Their daughter, Elizabeth Grace Harvey Reames is an interior designer in Dallas and is married to Tyler Reames.

Dean and Cynthia love good food. They love to cook, but can also give you recommendations for the best food places from Houston to Baton Rouge, and wherever their travels have taken them. Dean is an excellent chef while Cynthia is at his side as his sous chef ( taking care of clean-up duty! ).

The Rev. John Hipp to serve as preacher for 2017 Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving

John Wesley Hipp is appropriately a lifelong Methodist and the Florence United Methodist District superintendent. For nearly 41 years now John has served in pulpit ministry.   As superintendent, he is responsible for oversight of around 100 United Methodist congregations in the Florence District. He also offers pastoral leadership to the 60 to 70 UMC pastors in the district.

John is native of York, SC and has shared life and partnership for 42 years with his beloved Carol. They have two married children, Stephanie Anne and Benjamin Wesley. The former lives in Charleston and the latter in Atlanta.

Rev. Hipp decided that preaching was his calling his senior year at Wofford. He had inkling that the Lord was calling him while attending Spartanburg Methodist College for two years. A group of United Methodist ministers had a positive influence on him.

And during the interim his senior year at Wofford, he shadowed the pastor of St. John’s UMC in Aiken for a month. “That solidified my calling,” Hipp said. “I knew then what God wanted me to do.”

After graduating from Wofford in 1975 with an undergraduate degree in history, Hipp entered Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta. He graduated from Candler in 1978 with a master’s in divinity and took up where he left off as an associate pastor at St. John’s in Aiken.

Hipp served pastorates in Wagner, Rock Hill, Saluda, Chapin, Conway and Charleston before being named the Orangeburg district superintendent in 2010. He was named the Florence District Superintendent in 2012.

He also was on active military duty for 18 months as a chaplain. Lt. Col. Hipp retired as a chaplain in the South Carolina National Guard after 28 years in 2008.

But it’s not all work for the distinguished man of the cloth. He gets his Methodist sticks out and plays some golf. And he’s partial to boating, being on the water, spending time with his grandson, James, and traveling with Carol when the opportunity arises. Carol is a retired elementary school teacher. They met while attending summer school at Winthrop University in Rock Hill.

Rev. Dr. Albert Mosley to serve as 2017 Conference Bible Study Leader

Albert D. Mosley currently serves as the 15th President of Gammon Theological Seminary; the United Methodist constituent member of the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta, GA. Founded in 1883, Gammon/ITC is a fully accredited, co-educational, professional graduate school of theology that offers a variety of master and doctoral level degrees.
Prior to being named the President of Gammon/ITC, Dr. Mosley served as the University Chaplain and Director of the Bunting-Myerhoff Interfaith and Community Service Center of The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. In this capacity, he provided spiritual and pastoral leadership to the entire Johns Hopkins University community, including students, faculty, staff and alumni. Additionally, he directed the Campus Ministries Department and chaired the Campus Ministry Advisory Board (20+ religious and faith leaders who work on the JHU campus). Mosley’s service to the larger University community included serving as a member of the University Retention Task Force, the President’s Working Group on International Experiential Education, the Council of Homewood Advisors (the University’s senior academic and student affairs policy-making body), and the Undergraduate Affairs Council. Additionally, he initiated and led a University-wide conversation series on race (Race Matters) and reinvigorated the University’s Muslim-Jewish Dialogue.
Before assuming the role of University Chaplain and Director of the Bunting-Meyerhoff Center at The Johns Hopkins University, Mosley served as a Senior Pastor in the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. His keen leadership abilities and skills led to a massive rebuilding process, and the development of the following programmatic ministries: 1) a community-based elementary school serving at-risk and inner city populations; 2) a community education program that offers free computer training courses, health/nutrition courses, and a variety of spiritual life studies; 3) relief trips to Katrina devastated communities on the Gulf Coast; 4) the Black College Tours (personally led by Mosley), which is a series of free tours and visits to historically black colleges and universities for neighborhood high school students; and 5) health fairs with free vaccinations for senior citizens, infants, and others who cannot afford necessary vaccinations.

Concurrent with his service in the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, Mosley served as Assistant, and later, Interim Director of the Center for Civic Engagement at Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA). During his time there, Drexel’s Center for Civic Engagement received national recognition from the President of the United States as it was admitted to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Also, during his time at Drexel’s Center for Civic Engagement, the institution received recognition from the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Mosley’s previous appointments have included being Chaplain and Director of Multi-Faith Studies at United Methodist-related Albright College in Reading, PA. Before joining the faculty of Albright College, he held the position of Assistant Dean & Director of Religious Life at Duke University. In his capacity at Duke, he provided oversight and leadership for a university department that included over 25 chaplains and officially recognized religious life groups.
Dr. Mosley was born and raised in rural Mississippi. He has attended two United Methodist-related institutions (Millsaps College and Duke University), and has attended Yale University Divinity School and Fordham University. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Bishop’s Medal given by the Mississippi Conference of the United Methodist Church for meritorious service to church and society. Mosley is also the recipient of the William J. Griffith Distinguished University Service Award given by Duke University, and the Distinguished Preaching Award given by the Divinity School at Duke University.
Dr. Mosley is married to the former Dr. Syreeta McTavous, a native of Philadelphia, PA and a dentist by profession.   Together, they have four children: Avery, Todd, Addison, and Ava-Rose.

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