The word "Selah," which is a musical interlude throughout the Psalms, means "take a breath." It is our hope that you can relax and breathe. Rev. Bryant Phelps put it this way: "The pandemic and the events in our world are robbing our breath; this is a moment for us to reclaim our breath."
We believe that our clergy have been working hard and need a break. With this in mind we are encouraging all clergy to take some time off. We are also asking our Pastor Parish Relations Committees to come along side their pastors and encourage them to do the same.
Accordingly, we have canceled the 2020 Fall Clergy Retreat at Tanglewood. We invite you to create your own individual retreat at Prothro Camp and Conference Center. Prothro is available in September for day and overnight use and Tanglewood is also offering a special "Summer in September" discount. Both venues require reservations.
Prothro is available – through September – for day and overnight Clergy use. Concerned about who will preach? A number of online sermons from North Texas Conference pastors, as well as a guest preacher contact list, is available below. Additionally, clergy who sign up for time at Prothro will be given a hospitality bag with resources to feed your spirit and to keep your kids and grandkids entertained. Your retreat time will be totally designed by you for the purpose of renewal, reflection and relaxation.
Our entire Clergy Retreat Committee (Chairperson Rev. Jenna Johnson, Rev. Marc Corazao, Rev. Cammy Gaston, Rev. Bryant Phelps, Rev. Sarah Roberts and Rev. Juan Rios) invite you to make use of the resources our conference has provided.
- Prothro Camp & Conference Center
- Day use is $15.
- Lodging is $100 per room per night (in the Prothro Lodge).
- Hiking trails, beach front, access to grill, horseshoes, basketball available. We can advise on nearby restaurants and discounted golf rates at Tanglewood.
- To book call 903-786-2141
- Tanglewood Resort
- Is offering a 25% discount for weekday reservations.
- Visit the website to check for rates and availability.
- To book call 800-833-6569 (front desk) and refer to the Clergy 25% weekday discount. You will NOT be able to book online to get the discount.
- A one-night's payment is required as a deposit at time of booking.
Want to get away but you are not sure who can cover your duties and preach for you? Consider empowering your lay leadership with different preaching and pastoral tasks and/or call a colleague and ask if they will be on-call to cover pastoral crisis. You can also contact one of the following North Texas Annual Conference pastors who have made themselves available for Summer coverage. As a courtesy, please offer an honorarium to preachers who prepare a sermon for your church. Click on a name to send an email.
- is the Community Curator and founding pastor for Union. The editor for Flipping Church (2016), Mike is eager to encounter and support those on the innovative edge of church, non-profit and civic engagement. He has served as author, editor and developer for a long list of curricula through Sparkhouse Press and Cokesbury. Mike learned a lot about basketball while attending Duke University and then earned a couple of pretentious diplomas from Princeton Theological Seminary (they’re both in Latin and hang in his garage). A third-generation Methodist minister and church planter, Mike married a sixth-generation Methodist minister, Rachel.
- was born and raised as a PK in Dallas, and served 24 years as lead or associate pastor in a variety of church settings and sizes in each of the NTC Districts. He received Bachelor degrees in Film and Business and an MBA from SMU, as well as an MDiv. from the Duke Divinity School. For the last two years Kenny has been appointed to the NTC extension ministry, Cross Roads Faith and Film. Through Cross Roads Kenny works to highlight films that reflect theologically on life and faith. During the COVID-19 shutdown he leads Zoom discussions using his own curricula to examine faith and theology presented in films and TV.
- works with the Center for Missional Outreach team to help churches and leaders across The North Texas Conference as they develop efforts to love their neighbors through ministries of justice, compassion and anti-racism. Andrew attended Hendrix College and Vanderbilt Divinity School for his Master of Divinity degree. He served with Edgehill UMC in Nashville, TN as three-year Intern, then Co-Pastor, leading the congregation to re-engage its changing neighborhood. Andrew served the Rio Texas Conference as a Church Planting Strategist. Prior to joining the CMO staff, Andrew served as the Director of Site Church and Community Development for Project Transformation – North Texas.
- is a native of Dallas, and proud alum of Huston-Tillotson University. He has a B.A. in Business Management and a Master of Divinity in Black Church Studies from Perkins School of Theology at SMU. Marcus is a published writer, his most recent book is titled "Christ the Yard: A Guide to Christian Living and Ministry on the College Campus." His intense writing catalog contains articles relating to Church, pop culture, Christianity, religion and hip-hop. His focus is helping people see the healthy balance between religious and secular engagement in hip-hop and arts. An avid reader, and when Marcus is not reading books, he is writing for his blog, The Informed Scholar. While all of these things are great, there is nothing he is prouder of than being a father to his two sons, and a dedicated and faithful husband to his wife.
- is a native of Plano, Texas. He holds degrees from the University of Texas and Perkins School of Theology. With a concentration in premedical studies, Andy focused on medicine as a career, however, as a college senior he discerned God calling him to bring healing, not to bodies, but to souls. Andy is an ordained Elder in the North Texas Conference and, before beginning his current roles July 1, 2017, was senior pastor of First UMC Lewisville. Over the years, a consistent theme in Andy's ministry has been his commitment to ministries of justice and compassion. He and his wife, Sondra, celebrated 26 years of marriage in June, and together they have three children. In his free time, he enjoys running, reading and following sports.
- is a Senior Area Representative for the North Texas Conference. With over 25 years’ experience partnering with congregations, families, individuals and organizations Carol enjoys serving others in the areas of empowerment, advocacy and discipleship. An ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, she has served the NTC in congregational and campus ministries. Carol holds her License in Professional Counseling (LPC). Beyond her role as a ministry partner, Carol enjoys facilitating the Holy Conversations visioning process and resourcing pastors and congregations in areas of finance, leadership and innovation. She holds a B.A in Journalism from Oklahoma State University, earned a M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Texas Woman’s University and a M. Div. from Perkins School of Theology. She is mother to two amazing adult daughters and a long-time resident of Dallas.
- was born in Fort Worth, and graduated from Paschal High School in 1951 before joinging the Army. He graduated from Texas Wesleyan in 1957. In 1960, Don was ordained an Elder in the Central Texas Conference the same year that he graduated from Perkins. He served in CTC congregations until 1972 when he transferred to the North Texas Conference. In the NTC he served at Ridgewood Park UMC, First UMC Sulphur Springs, First UMC Plano and Spring Valley UMC before retiring.
- is the Vice President of Pastoral Care for Methodist Health System. Caesar received a Master of Theological Studies from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University in 1997 and currently serves as a local pastor for the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Interpersonal Communications from Oklahoma University. While at OU, Caesar played football for the Sooners. During that time, the Sooners won four Big Eight Conference titles and one national championship. Caesar was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the 7th round and played offensive tackle under head coach Mike Ditka. In 1991 he was the first-round draft pick for the New York New Jersey Knights in the World League of American Football. After his football career, Caesar accepted his call into ministry.
- is the Director for the Center for Church Development for the the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. Owen leads the conference's work in planting, transforming and planting congregations in the North Texas area. Previously, he served as the founding pastor Christ's Foundry United Methodist Mission (La Fundición de Cristo) in Dallas. He is married and has two sons.
- is a bi-vocational pastor in his eighth year of service at First UMC McKinney. His duties include presiding over the weekly Communion service each Wednesday, as well as various teaching and pastoral assignments. Spiritual formation is James’s central area of focus, founding the Center for Transformative Prayer at First McKinney as a way of helping the faithful develop a contemplative approach to their walk. With a DMin from Perkins, James serves as an adjunct faculty member for SMU’s Certification in Spiritual Direction program.
- serves as associate pastor at First UMC Allen. She is responsible for coordinating missions and community advocacy opportunities as well as mentoring and empowering young adults. Jessica became a Christian through a hamburger (and an amazing community) at a Wesley Foundation. She believes sharing food and our stories can help all of us become rooted in the greatest story of all – God’s great love for us in Jesus Christ.
Feel free to download a sermon to use. As a courtesy, please contact the preacher to offer your thanks and let them know that you will be streaming their sermon to your congregation. All sermons can be downloaded by clicking on their name. Preachers and topics:
- Rev. Dr. Edgar Bazan, Casa Linda UMC (in English and Spanish)
- God Is With Us Always (Psalm 139:7-10; Psalm 22)
- No More Empty Nets (John 21:1-6; Luke 6:46-49)
- Racism & Bias: We All Suffer (Genesis 1:26; James 2:9; 1 Corinthians 12:26)
- Dios está con Nosotros Siempre (Salmos 139:7-10; Salmos 22)
- Rev. Mary Beth Hardesty Crouch, First UMC Allen (in English)
- Still Better Together (John 3:18-17)
- Still Better Together (Phillipians 4:8-13)
- Still Better Together (Psalm 23)
- Rev. Marcus Jones, First UMC Wichita Falls (in English)
- The Beloved Community (Acts 2:42-47)
- Rev. Clayton Oliphint, First UMC Richardson (in English)
- We Are the Church: Dancing in the Rain (Psalm 30)
- We Are the Church: Keeping the Faith (2 Timothy 4:6-8)
- Rev. Kwang B. Park, First Korean UMC (in Korean)
- The Grace of God in Our Vocation (Acts 18:1-4)
- You are the Salt and Light of the World (Matthew 5:13-16)
- Rev. Alexandra Robinson, Flower Mound UMC (in English)
- Certain of Making Disciples (Matthew 28:16-20 )
- Certain of New Beginnings (Acts 1:3-14)