The Board is charged to
- Foster an awareness of the role of the laity within the local congregations; and to promote and develop programs to cultivate an adequate understanding of the theological and biblical basis for lay life and work
- Develop and promote stewardship of time, talent, and possessions
- Provide for the training of lay members of the annual conference
- Provide support and direction for the ministry of the Laity on the local, district and annual conference levels and to promote the observation of Laity Sunday
- Provide organization, direction, and support for the development of local church lay leaders
|Conference Lay Leader
|Dr. Mary Nickson
|Conference Lay Leader Elect
|Associate Conference Lay Leader
|Associate Conference Lay Leader
|Conference Director of Lay Servant Ministries
|Conference UWF President
|Director of Center for Leadership Development
|Assoc. Director of Center for Leadership Development
Ted Haynes has served on the East District Committee on Ordained Ministry since 2021, on the Bishop’s Core Leadership Team since 2022 and as the East District Lay Leader since July 2023. He is a member of FUMC Winnsboro where he serves as Lay Leader and Church Council chair, and as Lay Member to Annual Conference. Ted is a certified Simplified Accountablity Structure coach and serves churches across the Conference in that capacity. Beginning in 2023, Ted began serving on the NTC Board of Pensions and Health Benefits. He spent his career in the health care and health insurance field, retiring in 2019 as President of Blue Cross and Blues Shield of Oklahoma. Ted is happily married to Shiela. They have three children and seven grandchildren living in Dallas, Tulsa and Springdale, Arkansas. He is a lifelong Methodist and is passionate about supporting his home church and other churches in the North Texas Conference.
Phone number: 214-552-3220
Holly has been a member of First UMC Richardson for more than 20 years. She has served in many capacities, including Church Council Chair, Finance Committee, Building Executive Committee, Strategic Committee and Sunday School Leader. Holly was in the Sisters in the Spirit group, which brought women from Hamilton Park UMC and FUMCR together to bond and be open and honest about race relations. Holly recently rolled off of a six-year term as a board member for Methodist Richardson Medical Center Foundation. This is her second term as Metro District Lay Leader.
Phone number: 832-428-8597
Kenneth has served as the North Central District Lay Leader since 2016. He is a co-Founder of the Accelerated Church Expansion Program within the Conference. He was one of 10 people that started Grace Avenue UMC 21 years ago and has served on several church committees, including both vision committees. Kenneth was elected to be a 2020 General Conference delegate at Annual Conference 2019. He spent his career building and selling technology-based companies. He is currently the president of a non-profit called Frisco Fastpacs, which provides weekend meal bags to children on free and reduced lunch programs, and serves on several company boards. Kenneth is happily married to Suzanne, and is the father of three children and seven grandchildren. He is passionate about the church and loves to talk about how to make our churches, our district, our conference and our denomination better.
Anne grew up in Grandview and graduated from the University of Texas in Austin. She was raised in the Presbyterian Church but converted to Methodist shortly after marriage. Anne was a member at First UMC Burkburnett for 20 years before transferring to FUMC Wichita Falls, where she has been for 13 years. She has been active in the Northwest District as Chair of the Finance Committee for more than 12 years and a member of the Nominations Committee. At the conference level, Anne has been a member of Core Leadership, Board of Pensions and Health Benefits and CFA. She was recently elected to the Episcopacy Committee. Anne has been married to Randy for 35 years and they have three sons. She is a CPA with a small practice which allows her time to be involved in the church.