2018 Annual Conference Speakers

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The Tennessee Annual Conference opens on June 13, 2018.  On that Wednesday, Rev. Junius Dotson will preach and teach on the conference theme, See All The People.

Rev. Junius Dotson 

A recognized visionary leader in church revitalization, the Rev. Junius B. Dotson is the General Secretary (chief executive officer) of Discipleship Ministries, an international agency of The United Methodist Church. He began his tenure on July 1, 2016.

Prior to his present position, Rev. Dotson was pastor of Saint Mark United Methodist Church in Wichita, Kansas, where he was instrumental in transforming the church into a 3,500-member multi-campus congregation.

Rev. Dotson received his undergraduate degree in political science, with a concentration in economics, at the University of Texas at Arlington. He earned his Master of Divinity degree from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California. Dotson was ordained in June 1992.

Rev. Dotson served on the Board of Ordained Ministry and the Revitalization Taskforce of the Kansas West Conference (now part of the Great Plains Conference). He has served as facilitator for the Fitzgerald Program, a Discipleship Ministries program to equip pastors to begin start-up congregations. From 2009 to 2012, Rev. Dotson served on the Board of Directors of Discipleship Ministries where he was chair of the New Church Starts/Path1 division of the agency. Rev. Dotson also served on The Wichita Food Bank Executive Board and was appointed by the governor of Kansas to serve on the Kansas Sentencing Commission.

Rev. Dotson’s ministry has been featured in The San Jose Mercury NewsThe San Francisco ExaminerThe Sacramento Bee, religious journals and segments on CBS Radio’s “The Osgood File,” as well as on NBC affiliate KRON in San Francisco.



Rev. Julie Hager Love

Rev. Julie Love will be giving the Commission on the Way Forward report. Below is an exert from United Methodist News on Church Unity, in which she took part.

“The Commission on a Way Forward, which includes 32 United Methodists from nine countries, formed six working groups that will examine the question of how to do church together from multiple directions. These groups will do “homework” between meetings ─ speaking to experts, doing research and engaging in conversation.

The Rev. Julie Hager Love, commission member and the Kentucky Conference’s director of connectional ministries, said the commission brings together people who deeply love The United Methodist Church.

“ Together we worshipped, prayed, shared and dialogued,” she said. “There was a willingness and commitment to work together in deeper understanding of each other and the church. While I returned home exhausted and drained I am hopeful and joyfully look forward to continuing in the work we have begun together.



Bishop William T. McAlilly

William T. (Bill) McAlilly is the bishop of the Nashville Episcopal Area of the United Methodist Church. The Area includes the Memphis and Tennessee Conferences that cover middle and western Tennessee and western Kentucky.

He was elected to the episcopacy at the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference in 2012 and was assigned as the resident bishop of the Memphis and Tennessee Annual Conferences beginning September 1, 2012.

A native of Mississippi, Bishop McAlilly earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religion, Millsaps College, Jackson, MS (1978) and a Masters of Divinity, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA (1981).

He was ordained deacon in the United Methodist Church in 1979 and ordained elder in 1982. In the spring of 2017, Bishop McAlilly received an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Rust College in Holly Springs, MS.

McAlilly has served in a wide variety of ministry settings in Georgia and Mississippi–a small membership church, a new congregation, a county seat church, a newly organized congregation, and a large membership congregation. Likewise, he has served in a variety of roles including youth minister, associate minister, and lead pastor.

In 2006, he was appointed to serve as the District Superintendent of the Seashore District of the Mississippi Conference in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and worked closely with Disaster Response and United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).

He served in many capacities in the Mississippi Annual Conference including the Board of Directors of United Methodist Senior Services, Millsaps College, Mississippi Methodist Foundation; Board of Ordained Ministry; Design Team for the Residency in Ministry Program; and Development of the Transitions Seminar for Moving Pastors. He has been a delegate to four Jurisdictional Conferences and three General Conferences.

For the 2017-2020 quadrennium, Bishop McAlilly currently serves on the Connectional Table as president on the Board of Directors for the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM).

He also is Co-Chair of the Endorsing Committee. He also serves on the Council of Bishops’ Leadership Teams on Leadership Development and on Leadership Discernment. In addition, he will serve on the Just Peace Board of Directors for this quadrennium.


Rev. Donna Parramore

Rev Donna Parramore serves as the District Superintendent of the Caney Fork River District in the Tennessee Conference.

Born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama, she has called Tennessee home since 1979 and has served as a United Methodist pastor since 2002.

A graduate of Vanderbilt Divinity School (MDiv), Rev. Parramore began her ministry at City Road Chapel United Methodist Church in Madison, TN where she served as Associate Pastor. Prior to her current appointment, she served as the Senior Pastor at Epworth United Methodist Church in Franklin, TN and Ebenezer United Methodist Church in New Johnsonville, TN.

Rev. Parramore’s role as the District Superintendent is to be the Chief Mission Strategist of the District helping all of our churches TO DISCOVER, EQUIP, CONNECT AND SEND lay and clergy leaders who THEN shape congregations TO offer Jesus Christ to a hurting world one neighborhood at a time.