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Texas Conference

The Texas Annual Conference is one of the eleven annual (regional) conferences in the South Central Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church. 

We are comprised of 700 congregations organized into 9 districts across East Texas. We are active in communities in and around Houston, Galveston, Beaumont, Texarkana, Longview, Tyler and College Station – and everywhere in between.  


Center for Leadership Formation

The Center for Leadership Formation is comprised of Church & Clergy Leadership, as well as the Racial & Ethnic Ministries.  Rev. Morris Mathis is the Center Director.


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Robert Besser

The Rev. Robert Besser has served as the Director for the Center of Congregational Excellence for the past three years and as senior pastor of Wesley UMC, Beaumont for the 12 years prior. He looks forward to representing the Conference, every congregation and layperson in this new role.

Besser’s goal as the Director of Church Leadership will be the same goal he held while as a pastor - He intends to do all he can to reach people for the Kingdom of God. Besser knows that during the first year, that will mean asking a lot of questions and taking the time to get to know the people he will serve.



Nancy Slade

Nancy serves as the Administrative Assistant for both Robert Besser & Morris Matthis. She is always willing to help out and answer any questions!






Phone: 713-521-9383