More than 100 Free Methodists were among the 300 participants in the Wesleyan Holiness Women Clergy’s Revive conference held April 12-15 at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado. The Free Methodist Church – USA had the largest denominational delegation at the conference, which the FMCUSA co-sponsored with the Brethren in Christ, Church of God (Anderson, Indiana), Church of the Nazarene, and the Wesleyan Church.
Julie Gray, the senior pastor of Aldersgate Free Methodist Church, became the new president of the organization that supports women in ministry. “We are about empowering, engaging and equipping women to lead in the church at every level,” said Gray, who is being succeeded by California Avenue Christian Fellowship Lead Pastor Soo Ji Alvarez as the Free Methodist representative to the organization’s board.
Several Free Methodists led workshops, and Ohio Superintendent Alma Thompson gave the conference’s opening message and reminded the women clergy that “we are good figs” (Jeremiah 24) who are loved and called by Jesus. “I have come to understand that I cannot afford to have a thought in my mind about me that is not in the mind of Christ,” Thompson said.
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