Scott Jones serves as Bishop of the Texas Annual Conference of the UMC In the United Methodist tradition, bishops are clergy elected and consecrated to the office. Bishops serve as a general superintendent for the church, assigned to a geographical area. Learn more about UMC Bishops
Reverend Kip Gilts serves as Assistant to the Bishop of the Texas Annual Conference to support the Episcopal Office and is the liaison between the Bishop and all of the centers.
The purpose of the Core Leadership Team is to implement decisions of the Annual Conference in accordance with the mission, vision and core beliefs of the Texas Annual Conference.
The Center for Congregational Excellence exists to connect and equip local congregations and new church start leaders with tools and resources for congregational revitalization, transformation and vitality in communities they serve. Two main priorities of the Center for Congregational Excellence are new church development and congregational transformation.
The purpose of the Center for Clergy Excellence is to create an environment of support and accountability that continuously moves the clergy of the Annual Conference toward excellence. Their work strives toward enabling spirit-led, faithful, and fruitful pastoral leaders for both congregations and ministries of transformation beyond the local church.
The Center for Missional Excellence focuses on providing and equipping leaders who carry forth ministries of mercy, justice, and wholeness so that all persons, inside and outside the church, experience mercy, justice, and wholeness: emotionally, physically, financially, and spiritually.
The Center for Connectional Resources provides fiscal oversight, property management, and archives and records to undergird the mission and ministry of the Texas Annual Conference. Our expectation is that the Conference will pay 100% of its apportionments and provide adequate financial and physical resources and archival records to ensure fruitful mission and ministry.
Learn more about the structure and role of each of these departments: