Central Alabama Conference Celebration planned for March 26

March 08, 2017

On March 26, 2017, everyone is invited to a Central Alabama Conference Celebration. The event will take place at Roanoke First UMC (806 Main St., Roanoke, AL 36274) beginning at 3 p.m. Dinner will be served.

The Central Alabama Conference Celebration is a celebration of the African American Church Conference founded in the aftermath of slavery and the Civil War.

The theme of the event is “Remembering the Past, Celebrating the Present and Preparing for the Future.” The event will feature guest minister Rev. Dr. William Bobby McClain. Dr. McClain is an Alabama native and ordained United Methodist minister. He is a renown preacher and teacher who has been invited to preach and lecture in pulpits and universities throughout the world. He has pastored churches in Alabama, Boston and Philadelphia and taught at Boston College, Harvard University, Northeastern University and Emerson College. Dr. McClain chaired the committee that produced the hymnbook, Songs of Zion, and co-chaired the committee for the sequel Songs of Zion: Zion Still Sings! For Every Generation. He served as part of the Wesley Theological Seminary faculty for more than 30 years. In 1999, he was named the Mary Elizabeth McGehee Joyce Chair in Preaching and Worship, the first fully-endowed chair in the seminary’s history. He retired in 2013.

During the afternoon, a restored conference historical marker located at the corner of Highway 431 and Randolph County Road 33 will also be celebrated.

The Central Alabama Conference first began near Roanoke, Alabama, in 1876. In this short video, Dr. Paul Hillard, pastor of Haven Memorial and St. Thomas UMCs (Southeast District), shares an abbreviated history of the Central Alabama Conference.

Rev. Frederick G. Outlaw is a native of Decatur, Alabama, and grew up in King’s Memorial UMC. He has served as a pastor in the North Alabama Conference and as a pastor, District Superintendent and a member of the Conference staff in the Alabama-West Florida Conference. In the video below he expresses appreciation to some of the pioneers of the Central Alabama Conference and shares his hopes for the current and future ministries of United Methodist Churches throughout Alabama.

Everyone is invited to attend this celebration. Please RSVP by March 20 to the Southeast District of the United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 537, Alexander City, AL 35011 or 256-409-9210.

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