The mission of the Center for Clergy Excellence is to serve clergy and their families so that they may equip congregations to make disciples of Christ for the transformation of the world.



Director's Note

My dad was a United Methodist minister and when he would serve communion he would say a dismissal prayer for each table. After the prayer, he would always end with the same words: “As these go, let others come.” That phrase became a thing in our household growing up. That phrase of course can be applied to the rhythm of change in our lives. It certainly applies to the life of itinerant United Methodist pastors. There is a time to go and someone else comes and continues the work. That also applies right now to the Center for Clergy Excellence. This center has been so ably led by Rev. Gail Ford Smith these past nine years. I know God has great things in store for her now as she continues to serve as a Retired United Methodist minister. I am privileged to now greet you as the Director of the Center for Clergy Excellence.

I want you to know that as I step into this new role I will continue to start new faith communities in the Texas Annual Conference as the Director of New Faith Communities. Consequently, there will be others with whom I will work side by side. Rev. B.T. Williamson will continue to do his work as Assistant to the Bishop as he also serves as Conference Benefits Officer for the conference. Dr. Elijah Stansell will continue his work as the Fiscal Officer of the conference while he also gives oversight to Equitable Compensation and Sexual Ethics. For a more detailed explanation of which areas each of us will be handling in the Center for Clergy Excellence, see our organizational chart.

This center has an outstanding record and well-deserved reputation of faithfully serving the clergy of the Texas Annual Conference. As Gail has gone and others have come, it is our deepest desire to do all we can to continue that practice. Please do not hesitate to call on us if we can serve you in any way. 

Morris Matthis, Director of the Center for Clergy Excellence 



The Gathering - September 16-17 at Lakeview - registration to come.

Pre-Retirement Seminar – Nov. 12-13 at at Camp Allen - registration to come.




Days of Wellness for 2019

The days for 2019 have be set with Houston Methodist Wellness Services!

They are:
September 26 - Bellaire UMC 4400 Bellaire Blvd.
October 17 - Houston Methodist Woodlands
Please learn more about the day and your eligibility to attend and then register on the website.

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Walking Program 

If you are not part of the Walking program and would like to be - sign up below. All Active Clergy and Spouses in the Group Health Plan are eligible for this program. You do not have to attend a Day of Wellness to enroll. Incentives range from $25 to $150 per quarter. You can purchase a tracker on the Virgin Pulse site and receive a one-time cost share discount of $7.00 from the TAC. For more info, contact Nancy Slade at

Join the Program 


Here are a couple of websites you may find helpful if you have not seen them before.
The Congregational Resource Guide - search for resources based on your congregation’s current needs – youth ministry, staffing, worship, etc.
Faith & Leadership - contains articles related to innovative ministries and also reflections on the current liturgical season.


See Organizational Chart 


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