Name: William Parker

Current Church Membership: McKendree United Methodist Church 

District: Red River District

Why do you feel called to be a delegate to the 2020 General/Jurisdictional Conferences?

As a lay person in the United Methodist Church, I’m compelled to be a delegate to the 2020 General/Jurisdictional Conferences. I believe in the power of collective decision-making and representing diverse voices. I’m called to advocate for justice, inclusivity, and our core values. Being a delegate allows me to shape our witness and foster unity in our evolving landscape. Together, we can build a more vibrant United Methodist community, rooted in faithfulness.

Nominee’s vision for the United Methodist Church.

My vision for the United Methodist Church is a just and inclusive community. It’s a church that champions equality and dismantles oppressive systems. I envision a church that embraces and affirms LGBTQ+ individuals, valuing their love and relationships. It actively works against racial injustice, economic inequality, and environmental degradation. This vision encompasses a diverse church where everyone’s voice is heard and respected, regardless of their background. By fostering love, understanding, and transformative action, we can build a United Methodist Church that reflects God’s purpose—a place of justice, compassion, and solidarity. 

Nominee’s leadership and commitments with the local church, district, annual, jurisdictional, and General conference levels from 2016-2019.

Youth Director at Capleville UMC (2016-2017)

Staff Member at Project Transformation Tennessee (2018-2019/2022) 

Member at McKendree UMC (2018-current)

SPRC member at McKendree UMC (2022-current)