Conference Staff

Please note: In an effort to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 the United Methodist Center in Birmingham is currently closed to visitors until further notice. The United Methodist Center is open to Conference staff, however, staff members have been encouraged to work from home.

All Conference staff are continuing to serve your church in their normal capacity. During this time email is preferable, but phone calls are welcome, too.


Debra Wallace-Padgett

Presiding Bishop of the Birmingham Area
(205) 226-7992

Episcopal Office

Jilda Hulsey

Administrative Assistant to the Bishop
(205) 226-7992

Administrative Services

Peter Banish

Director of Information Technology
(205) 226-7966

Johnny Frazier

Conference Controller
(205) 226-7986

Lynette Hancock

Financial Services
(205) 226-7990

Jessica Karr

Benefits Administrator
(205) 226-7987

Doris McCullers

Receptionist, Conference Registrar and Ethnic Ministries Administrative Assistant
(205) 226-7950

Scott Selman

Chief Financial Officer, Conference Treasurer, Director of Administrative Services and Benefits Officer
(205) 226-7989


Danette Clifton

Director of Communication
(205) 226-7973

Lyn Cosby

Assistant Director of Communication
(205) 226-7972

Conference Chancellor

Terry McElheny

Conference Chancellor
(205) 226-7951

Connectional Ministries

John Fleischauer

Associate Director of Connectional Ministries
(205) 226-7963

Adlene Kufarimai

Director of Connectional Ministries
(205) 226-7954

Ethnic Ministries

Doris McCullers

Receptionist, Conference Registrar and Ethnic Ministries Administrative Assistant
(205) 226-7950

Donald Smith

Superintendent of the Southeast District and Executive Director of Multicultural Ministries
(256) 409-9210

New Church Development

Neal Fuller

Co-Director of Celebrate Recovery
(205) 752-0414

Faith Hooper

Church and Community Strategist
(256) 489-3964

Suzanne Katschke

Executive Director of New Church
(256) 325-1700

Lucy Morales

Conference Hispanic Strategist
(256) 429-9335

Ordained Ministry

Laura Belding

Support Staff & Administration for Ordained Ministry
(205) 226-7970

Sheri Ferguson

Ministry Health Coordinator
(205) 226-7971

Ron Schultz

Executive Director of the Board of Ordained Ministry
(205) 226-7969

Superannuate Homes

Sam Williamson

Director of Community & Property Care
(205) 226-7968
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