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About Bishop Bill McAlilly

William T. “Bill” McAlilly is the bishop of the Tennessee-Western Kentucky Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church (formerly the Nashville Episcopal Area of the UMC, including the Tennessee and Memphis Conferences). 

He was elected to the episcopacy at the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference of 2012 and was assigned as the resident bishop of the Memphis and Tennessee Annual Conferences beginning September 1, 2012. He was tasked to merge these two conferences to form the Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference of the United Methodist Church, which was overwhelmingly adopted on December 4, 2021. 

A native of Mississippi, Bishop McAlilly earned a Bachelors of Arts in Religion, Millsaps College, Jackson, MS (1978) and a Master of Divinity, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA (1981). 

 He was ordained deacon in the United Methodist Church in 1979 and ordained elder in 1982. In the spring of 2017, Bishop McAlilly received an honorary Doctorate in Divinity from Rust College in Holly Springs, MS. 

McAlilly has served in a wide variety of ministry settings in Georgia and Mississippi–a small membership church, a new congregation, a county seat church, a newly organized congregation, and a large member church. Likewise, he has served in a variety of roles including youth minister, associate minister, and lead pastor. 

 In 2006, he was appointed to serve as the District Superintendent of the Seashore District of the Mississippi Conference in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and worked closely with Disaster Response and the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). 

 He served in many capacities in the Mississippi Annual Conference including the Millsaps College Board of Trustees; Board of Ordained Ministry; Mississippi Methodist Foundation; Design Team for the Residence in Ministry Program; and Development of the Transitions Seminar for Moving Pastors. He has been a delegate to four Jurisdictional Conferences and three General Conferences. 

He leads the Council of Bishop’s Leadership Team on Leadership Development and serves on the Leadership Development Team. In addition, he serves as Chair of the Quadrennial Orientation for New Bishops.  

He served as President of the Southeastern Jurisdiction College of Bishops in 2016-17 and continues to serve on the Southeastern Jurisdiction Committee on Coordination and Accountability. He served as Chair of General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) from 2016-21. 

 Bishop McAlilly currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of Emory University, Atlanta, GA, and on the Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare Board, Memphis, TN.

He is certified as a consultant with the Society of Process Consultants and is trained as an Executive Coach with the International Coach Federation.

McAlilly also serves as adjunct faculty at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA.

A lover of books, music, and movies, Bishop McAlilly also enjoys writing, golf, grilling, and travel. He and his wife, Lynn, have been married since 1978. They have two married adult children: Chris McAlilly and Laura McAlilly Paulk, and five grandchildren. 

Compassion for the least and last has been at the heart of his emphasis on missions throughout his ministry–locally in the communities in which he has served and globally in Mexico, Nicaragua, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Under McAlilly’s leadership, the Nashville Episcopal Area built the “Mama Lynn Center” in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Named after Lynn McAlilly, the “Mama Lynn Center” is a sanctuary for women to receive care and find restoration. It provides space for women to receive medical care, counseling, and faith-centered nurture to address problems related to what they have experienced and helps them recover self-respect, dignity, and a sense of joy.

Bishop McAlilly has a pastor’s heart with a vision for the reign of God.