International Clergy Fill Houston Area Pulpits

Date Posted: 9/7/2016

More than two dozen congregations in the greater Houston area heard the word proclaimed with an international twist as spiritual leaders visited their pulpits on Sunday, September 4 following the conclusion of the World Methodist Conference.

John Wesley, the eighteenth century founder of Methodism, said it long ago.  When locked out of Church of England pulpits due to the rejection of his evangelistic message, he took to the fields and coal mines of Britain instead proclaiming that “the world is my parish.”

Reflecting that emphasis and as a part of the World Methodist Conference, Methodist congregations here welcomed a diverse collection of bishops, pastors, and other spiritual leaders from around the world all on a single day, Sunday, September 4.

The global conference was held in the United States for the first time in 35 years, representing a variety of Wesleyan denominations.

“The world truly came to our house,” says Dr. C. Chappell Temple, the pastor of Christ Church (UMC) in Sugar Land and one of the co-chairs of the host committee.  “In turn, we opened our congregations to many of those delegates in an unprecedented way.”

Rev. Carol Bruse, West University UMC, welcomed Rev. Dr. Karen Westerfield Tucker, professor of worship at Boston University School of Theology to her congregation for what she describes as a “wonderful experience” for all in attendance. “We were completely blessed to hear Karen and also her friend Gillian Kingston, a lay preacher and clergy spouse from Ireland.

Karen’s sermon addressed the Christian practice of discipleship which was right on target with our emphasis this year.” According to Carol, Gillian visited a Sunday School class in between worship services and all enjoyed lunch before returning downtown for a Council meeting.

The list of joint preaching appearances on September 4 were as follows:

Ashford United Methodist Church: Reverend Tevita Finau, Methodist Church of New Zealand

Bear Creek United Methodist Church: Reverend Daniel Munnangi, Methodist Church in India

Bellaire United Methodist Church: Bishop Gary Rivas, Methodist Church Southern Africa

Bering United Methodist Church: Reverend Teresa Burnett-Cole, United Church of Canada

Blue Ridge United Methodist Church: Bishop Sylvester Williams, Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, Alabama

Cypress United Methodist Church: Reverend Ranganathan Prabhu, Methodist Church Singapore

Deer Park United Methodist Church: Dr. Todd Stepp, Church of the Nazarene, Indiana

Friendswood United Methodist Church: Reverend Richard Waugh, Wesleyan Methodist Church of New Zealand

Humble First United Methodist Church: Dr. David Jebb, Methodist Church of Britain

John Wesley United Methodist Church: Dr. Christopher Walker, Uniting Church in Australia

Katy First United Methodist Church: Bishop Wee Boon Hup, Methodist Church of Singapore

Klein United Methodist Church:  Reverend David Bush, Methodist Church of New Zealand

Lake Houston United Methodist Church:  Reverend Phil Meadows, Director of Inspire, England

Lakewood United Methodist Church:  Bishop Joseph Ntombura, Methodist Church of Kenya

Montgomery United Methodist Church: Reverend Peter Benzie, Wesleyan Methodist Church in New Zealand

Pasadena First United Methodist Church: Reverend Andreia Fernandes, Methodist Church of Brazil

Pearland United Methodist Church:  Archbishop Michael Stephen, Methodist Church of Nigeria

St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church: Bishop Everald Galbraith, Methodist Church in the Caribbean

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church: Bishop Patrick Streiff, UMC in Southern and Central Europe

St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church: Dr. Leao Neto, Methodist Church in Britain

Springs Woods United Methodist Church: Reverend Charmaine Morgan, Methodist Church in Southern Africa

Sugar Land Christ Church (UMC):  Bishop Subodh Mondal, Methodist Church in India

Trinity United Methodist Church:  Bishop Raphael Opoko, Methodist Church in Nigeria

Walls Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church: Bishop Darrell Starnes, AMEZ, Charlotte

West University United Methodist Church: Dr. Karen Tucker, Boston University School of Theology

Westbury United Methodist Church: Dr. Samuel Uche, Prelate, Methodist Church in Nigeria

Woodlands Christ UMC: Dr. Kimberly Reisman, Exec. Director, World Methodist Evangelism