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Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Annual Conference 2021


Dear Friends, I first began attending Annual Conference as a child with my Dad, mother and siblings. While Dad participated in meetings, we had a great time together visiting with friends, shopping at the Cokesbury display and enjoying each other. We would accompany Dad to worship in the evenings. I have a different focus at Annual Conference these days than I did when attending as a child. One dynamic is the same, though. I still love Annual Conference! The Annual Conference planning team and ...

2021 North Alabama Annual Conference to be virtual meeting; PreConference Reports and Information due March 1


Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, the in-person North Alabama Annual Conference scheduled for June 6-8, 2021, will be adapted to once again be a shorter, virtual meeting with satellite venues for those without reliable internet capabilities in their area. Just as in 2020, Conference leadership is committed to applying the Do No Harm recommendations ( to this year’s Annual Conference meeting. Although vaccines provide some hope for the end of the pandemic, the ...

Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Annual Conference 2020 Follow-up


Dear Friends, We did it!  We accomplished a meaningful virtual Annual Conference.  This virtual alternative to an in-person meeting allowed us to safely Conference together in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Your response to our first virtual Annual Conference was heartening. Our 944 unique log-ins to the Zoom webinar and 109 unique viewers on YouTube indicate that participation was higher than at the 2019 in-person Conference. While we do not have an exact headcount, we know these log-in ...

Annual Conference 2020 Recap


Click here to view the 2020 Annual Conference Photo Gallery On Saturday, September 26, 2020, North Alabama United Methodists gathered in front of computers, tablets, cell phones and other internet-connected screens for their first virtual Annual Conference. The previous Sunday afternoon, September 20, clergy members had gathered online for the Clergy Executive Session.  Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett presided over her eighth Annual Conference in North Alabama. The theme was Singing God’s Song ...

Annual Conference Special Offering


This year’s special offering is going to support a deeply significant, potentially life-changing mission experience for young adults, 19-25 years of age.  The QuadW Missional Internship is an eight-week paid summer internship established in honor of Willie Tichenor, who lost his battle with cancer at the age of 19. Before passing, Willie was asked what he would want done with what would have been his trust. He asked that his family support cancer research so that others might have options he ...

Annual Conference Special Worship Services and Recognitions


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Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Final details for virtual Annual Conference


Dear Friends, I am looking forward to seeing many of you online at our upcoming 2020 North Alabama Annual Conference.  We will gather virtually from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 26 for worship, prayer, business and celebrations.   Satellite venues will be available by pre-registration only for voting members of the Annual Conference who are without technology or internet access to participate from their homes. During the opening worship and the closing sending forth services Bishop ...

Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Annual Conference 2020


Dear Friends, We have planned three 2020 North Alabama Annual Conferences under the leadership of Director of Connectional Ministries Linda Holland and the planning team she leads. That’s right – three! The first one was scheduled for Sunday, May 31- Tuesday, June 2 but due to the COVID-19 pandemic was postponed to Sunday, August 16- Monday, August 17 which for the same reason was postponed to Saturday, September 26. The Annual Conference planning team has been flexible and grace-filled through ...

North Alabama Annual Conference postponed until September 26 and will have a multi-venue format


Due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in many parts of Alabama, the in-person North Alabama Annual Conference planned for August 16-17, 2020, at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville has been postponed until late September and will have a multi-venue format. Conference leadership is committed to applying the Do No Harm recommendations ( to this year’s Annual Conference meeting. The Bishop, Cabinet and Annual Conference Planning Team do not think it will be possible to ...

2020 North Alabama Annual Conference to be postponed


In a video message on April 15, 2020, Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett announced arrangements are currently underway to postpone the 2020 Annual Conference originally scheduled for May 31-June 2. This postponement is due to safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Bishop Wallace-Padgett said, “The Annual Conference Planning Team and Conference Leadership Team are working with the appropriate entities to postpone Annual Conference to a time when we anticipate that it will be safe for large ...

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