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Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church

Private Event

  • May 17 8:00 am 8:00 pm
  • May 18 8:00 am 8:00 pm
  • May 19 8:00 am 8:00 pm
  • May 20 8:00 am 8:00 pm

The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church is made up of 463 churches, which speak to diverse and multi-generational populations in the many cities, towns, and rural areas throughout our area.

Led by Bishop Johnson, the Conference's mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

Look at the exciting speakers who will preach and present at Annual Conference 2012!

Ray Buckley

Noted Native American storyteller, author/illustrator and United Methodist leader. Ray is the Interim Director of the Center for Native American Spirituality and Christian Study. Buckley has served The United Methodist Church as a staff member of The United Methodist Publishing House, Director of the Native People’s Communication Office (UMCom) for nine years, and Director of Connectional Ministries for the Alaska Missionary Conference.

Buckley is the author /illustrator of five books: God’s Love is Like…(1998,Abingdon Press), The Give-Away: A Christmas Story in the Native American Tradition (1999, Abingdon Press), The Wing (2002, Abingdon Press), Christmas Moccasins (2003, Abingdon Press), andDancing with Words: Storytelling as Legacy, Culture, and Faith(Discipleship Resources, 2003). He is also the author of Creator Sang a Welcoming Song (2007), and Walking in These White Man Shoes (2007), children and youth resources for the Women’s Dvision School of Missions.

The Give-Away was selected to appear on the CBS Christmas Eve special, An American Christmas, produced by the National Council of Churches. His stories, poetry, and art have appeared in numerous journals, periodicals, books, and museums. Buckley has taught in Nigeria, and Ghana, and served as a lecturer in Native American studies for several universities. Ray Buckley is one of several Native leaders profiled in As Long As the Waters Flow: Native Americans in the South and East, by Frye Gillard, and The Power of Eagles: Natures Way to Individual Accomplishment, by Twyman L. Towery.

Eric H. F. Law

Law, an ordained Episcopalian priest, is founder and director of the Kaleidoscope institute (www.ladiocese.org/ki), established to develop competent leadership in a diverse, changing world.

He is an internationally known consultant and trainer in multicultural ministry and the building of inclusive communities. He is also a photographer, playwright, and composer of church music.

Bishop Alfred Johnson

Bishop Johnson was ordained deacon and elder in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference. He served as Pastor-Director of the Chester Missionary Project of Chester, PA; at Tioga United Methodist Church in North Philadelphia; in a cross-racial appointment as pastor of Leola UMC in Leola, [Lancaster County] PA; as Conference Consultant to local churches and conference agencies; and as Executive Director of the United Methodist Metro Ministries, Inc., and as district superintendent in Philadelphia.

Alfred Johnson was elected to the episcopacy in July, 1996, and assigned the New Jersey Area. As a bishop he was assigned to the General Council of Ministries, NEJ Urban Steering Committee and the Multi-Ethnic Center. He has been a frequent presenter and workshop leader in the areas of human relations, urban ministries, race relations, leadership and church planning. He retired from the active episcopacy on September 1, 2004, and served as interim pastor of the Huntington-Cold Spring Harbor Church on Long Island, NY, from November 2004 – June 30, 2005. In July 2005, Bishop Jeremiah Park asked him to work to strengthen the congregational ministries of the three United Methodist Churches of the Village section of New York City. He graduated from South Philadelphia High School and received an A.A.S. from Community College of Philadelphia. He went on to receive a B.A. from Albright College, Reading, PA, his Th.M. from Boston University School of Theology and a D.Min. in Urban Ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC. Albright and Centenary Colleges granted him honorary doctorates in Divinity and Humane Letters, respectively.

Bishop Peggy A. Johnson

The Rev. Peggy A. Johnson was elected a bishop of The United Methodist Church at the Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference in Harrisburg, PA, on July 17, 2008. On the following day, prior to a Service of Consecration, she learned that she was assigned to The Philadelphia Area. On September 1, 2008, she began her assignment to lead nearly 900 churches in The Philadelphia Area, comprised of the Eastern Pennsylvania and Peninsula-Delaware Annual Conferences. She is one of nine active bishops in the Northeastern Jurisdiction, which includes thirteen annual conferences in the northeastern U.S.

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