Members of the Connectional Table work and worship together. File photo courtesy Connectional Table.

Structure and Membership

The structure and organization of the Connectional Table reflects the desire to make sure that all voices are represented around the table and are heard in the conversation about the mission and ministry of the Church.

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The Connectional Table includes 49 members who are elected from U.S. jurisdictional and overseas conferences in Africa, Asia and Europe and are composed of: clergy and lay representatives; a bishop selected by the Council of Bishops; general agency top executives and most presidents; one youth and one young adult from the Board of Discipleship’s Division on Ministries with Young People; and members from the denomination’s racial and ethnic caucuses.

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Connectional Table Members 2017-2020


Bishop Christian Alsted

Bishop Christian Alsted


The Rev. Kennetha Bigham-Tsai

The Rev. Kennetha Bigham-Tsai

Chief Connectional Ministries Officer


Rev. Rachel Birkhahn-Rommelfanger

The Rev. Rachel Birkhahn-Rommelfanger

Assistant Connectional Ministries Officer


The Rev. Adrienne Stricker

The Rev. Adrienne Stricker

Administrative Coordinator


Denise Ann Belista

Denise Ann Belista




The Rev. Gary Graves, Secretary, Commission on General Conference

Gil Hanke, General Secretary, General Commission on United Methodist Men

Dawn Wiggins Hare, General Secretary, General Commission on the Status and Role of Women

Erin Hawkins, General Secretary, General Commission on Religion and Race

The Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe, General Secretary, General Board of Church and Society

Michelle Hettmann, Southeastern Jurisdiction

Dr. Mike Dio Jen, West Africa Central Conference

The Rev. Beverly Jones, South Central Jurisdiction

Bishop Hee-Soo Jung, President, General Board of Global Ministries

The Rev. Markus Jung, Germany Central Conference

Thomas Kemper, General Secretary, General Board of Global Ministries

Judi Kenaston, Northeastern Jurisdiction

Cynthia Kent, Native American International Caucus

Dan Krause, General Secretary, United Methodist Communications

Moses Kumar, General Secretary, General Council on Finance and Administration

Bishop Tracy Malone, President, General Commission on the Role and Status of Women

Bishop Bill McAlilly, President, General Board of Higher Education and Ministry

Bishop Michael McKee, President, General Council on Finance and Administration

Duncan McMillan, Chair, Commission on General Conference

Rev. William Meekins, Northeastern Jurisdiction

Brian Milford, President and Publisher, United Methodist Publishing House

Tonya Murphy, Southeastern Jurisdiction

The Rev. Ken Nelson, Southeastern Jurisdiction

Benedita Penicela Nhambiu, Africa Central Conference

The Rev. Marianne Niesen, Western Jurisdiction

Dave Nuckols, North Central Jurisdiction

Dennis Ogelsby Black Methodists for Church Renewal

Harriett Jane Olson, General Secretary, United Methodist Women

Bishop Jeremiah J. Park, President, General Commission on Archives and History

The Rev. Lyssette Perez, Methodists Representing the Cause of Hispanic Americans (MARCHA)

Lathem Postell, Southeastern Jurisdiction

Kitete ka Kemba Prosper, Congo Central Conference

Bishop Samuel Quire, West Africa Central Conference, Liberia region

The Rev. Dr. Robin Scott, Southeastern Jurisdiction

Jovito Sermonia, Philippines Central Conference

The Rev. Mike Slaughter, North Central Jurisdiction

Bishop James Swanson, President, General Commission on United Methodist Men

Monalisa Tuitahi, Pacific Islanders National Caucus of United Methodists

Bishop Hope Morgan Ward, Southeastern Jursidiction

Bishop Mike Watson, Ecumenical Officer

Bishop Mark Webb, President, Discipleship Ministries

G. Miller Wilbourn, South Central Jurisdiction

The Rev. Stefan Zürcher, Central and Southern Europe Central Conference

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