January 7, 2020 at First UMC Richardson
The theme was “The Vision of a World Made New” based on a quote from Martin Luther King Jr. Participants took a “deep dive” into Baptismal Vows and continue the work began at Clergy Retreat with Fear+Less Dialogues.
Keynote speaker: Bishop Gregory Palmer
Bishop Gregory Palmer is the Resident Bishop of the Ohio West Area, which includes the Ohio West Conference in the North Central Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church.
He received his undergraduate degree from George Washington University, and later earned his Master of Divinity degree from Duke University. In 1999 he received an honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from Baldwin-Wallace College. He was ordained deacon by Bishop James M. Ault in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and ordained elder by Bishop James S. Thomas in the East Ohio Conference.
Palmer served as Senior Pastor of the United Methodist Church of Berea, Ohio, for seven years. Prior to that he had been a district superintendent, and had served churches in both Ohio and North Carolina. He was the organizing pastor of the James S. Thomas United Methodist Church of Canton, Ohio.
Palmer was elected to the episcopacy in 2000 and was appointed to the Iowa Area, which he began serving on September 1, 2000. In 2008 he was assigned to the Illinois Area. After serving in the Illinois Area for four years, he was assigned to the West Ohio Annual Conference in July 2012.