Hybrid In-person Online For Alumni For Students General Audience

The Methodist House of Studies is offering the UMC General Conference series in collaboration with the UMC General Conference 2024 course instructed by Bishop Ken Carter, Dr. Laceye Warner, and Dr. Sangwoo Kim. The sessions aim to discuss various important topics in anticipation of the upcoming General Conference 2024 of the United Methodist Church.

The guest speakers for the final session, "General Conference: the Ministry of the Ordained," are Bishop William Willimo, professor of the practice of Christian ministry, and Bishop Connie Shelton, Raleigh Episcopal Area, UMC.

Will Willimon poses in a suit in Goodson Chapel

The Rev. Dr. William Willimon is a bishop in the United Methodist Church and served as the dean of Duke Chapel and professor of Christian ministry at Duke University for 20 years. He returned to Duke after serving as the bishop of the North Alabama Conference from 2004 to 2012. He has taught in Germany, Singapore, New Zealand, and Australia in various seminaries. He is a trustee of Wofford College, Emory University, and serves on the Dean’s Committee of Yale Divinity School.

Rev. Dr. Connie Shelton (UMC Bishop of Raleigh Episcopal Area) Headshot

The Rev. Dr. Connie Shelton was elected as a bishop of the United Methodist Church on November 2, 2022, by the Southeastern Jurisdiction on the twelfth ballot. She was assigned to serve the Raleigh Episcopal Area (North Carolina Conference) beginning January 1, 2023. She holds a Bachelor’s in Radio, Television, and Film from the University of Southern Mississippi, a Master’s in Public Relations from the University of Southern Mississippi, a Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School, and a Doctor of Ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia.

Instructors of the UMC General Conference 2024 Course

Kenneth H. Carter
Bishop of the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church
Laceye Warner
Royce and Jane Reynolds Associate Professor of the Practice of Evangelism and Methodist Studies; Associate Dean for Wesleyan Engagement and Hybrid Programs
Sangwoo Kim
Associate Dean for Vocational Formation; Senior Director of the Methodist House; Administrative Faculty