As the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry brought forward its report to the Annual Conference Session Oct. 25, they took the opportunity to thank and honor the Rev. C. Anthony Hunt, who has led the board since 2016.
Recognizing his contributions as a leader and his deep expertise as scholar, teacher, mentor, pastor, and leader of the church, the Board invited conference members to contribute to a scholarship at Wesley Seminary to express gratitude and continue Hunt’s witness. You can give at www.Bwcumc.org/huntscholarship. Hunt serves as pastor at Epworth Chapel UMC in Baltimore.
The board also introduced 27 candidates who will be commissioned or ordained at a worship service Oct. 27 at 2 p.m.
The Rev. Amy McCullough, BoOM’s co-chair, also provided information about a comprehensive study soon to be undertaken in the BWC on gender, race, and ministry. A research firm has been hired and clergy will soon be invited to participate in a questionnaire and sit for an interview to share their stories of candidacy and ministry experiences in greater depth.
The board has also formed a task force that is reviewing the BWC’s sexual and professional ethics policy, celebrated the new relationship with the Rev. Jack Shitama and the Center for Vital Leadership in the Peninsula-Delaware Conference, and encouraged clergy to participate in upcoming retreats, like In the Quiet Place, at Camp Pecometh in Centreville Nov. 16-17.