Leadership Structure

The new conference Structure Design Team worked with the guidelines provided in the Book of Discipline (Section IX, The Annual Conference beginning with paragraph 601) regarding conference structure and also considered the book Seven Levers: Missional Strategies for Conferences by Bishop Robert Schnase as a resource. The work to shape the structure of our new conference focused on our mission, vision, and values, adopted by both the Memphis and Tennessee annual conferences.


These area-wide strategy teams are included in the structure for the future Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference. Members for each team were nominated and approved by the 2020 annual conferences.

Connectional Table
Team Leader:  Bishop William T. McAlilly
Assistant to the Bishop: Rev. Dr. Rob Martin
Administrative Team Leader: Leslie Hotzfeld
Discover/Send Team Leader: Rev. Toi King
Connect Team Leader: Rebecca Little
Equip Team Leader: Bethany Huffman
Communications Team Leader: H. G. Stovall
Dean of the Cabinet: Rev. Scott Aleridge
Lay Leader: Janice McCallen
Committee on Episcopacy: Rev. Joy Weathersbee
Staff Leadership:
Melinda Britt, Larry Davis, Amy Hurd



Administrative Services Strategy Team
Memphis, Team Leader:
  Leslie Hotzfeld
Tennessee: Morris Irby
Memphis: Rev. Tim Carpenter
Tennessee: T. J. Dixon

Discover/Send Strategy Team
Tennessee, Team Leader:
    Rev. Toi King
Memphis: Elyse Bell
Tennessee: Rev. Regina Girten
Tennessee: Joy Shin
Memphis: J. V. Thompson

Connect Strategy Team
Tennessee, Team Leader:
    Rebecca Little
Memphis Ayanna Hampton
Tennessee: Rev. Michele Morton
Tennessee: Rev. Abe Zimmerman


Equip Strategy Team
Memphis, Team Leader:
    Bethany Huffman
Tennessee: Susan Graham
Memphis: John Williams
Tennessee: Rev. Christine Penner
Memphis: Wardell Seals

Communications Strategy Team
Tennessee, Team Leader:
    H. G. Stovall
Memphis: Rev. Erin Beasley
Tennessee: Brennen Boose
Memphis: Leslie Bouldin
Tennessee: Rev. Lory Catlett
Memphis: Robert Curlin
Tennessee: Taylor Davenport
Tennessee: Rev. Krislyn Durham
Tennessee: Linda Furtado
Memphis: Rev. Jason W. Jones
Memphis: Janice McCallen
Tennessee: Megan McInnis
Memphis: Rev. William Simms
Tennessee: Robin Stanfield
Memphis: Penny Story
Tennessee: Amy J. Hurd, APR
Memphis: Rev. Bill Lawson
Tennessee: Kylie Marino
Tennessee: Meg Young