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Day One, July 18, 2012

Opening Worship and Morning Ballots

Opening worship began at 9am on the morning of Wednesday, July 18, 2012, at Lake Junaluska in Stuart Auditorium.

The Junaluska Singers enhanced worship with their beautiful voices that encouraged holy conferencing to begin the session. Bishop Will Willimon of the North Alabama Conference preached at opening worship. He will retire at the end of August. Using the scripture Acts 1"where the Church had gathered to elect a replacement for Judas"he described "the first Jurisdictional Conference." He called the SEJ Conference"s attention to the action of the early Church saying, "You cannot elect Bishops on your own. Before the Church had an election it had prayer"prayer for the Holy Spirit."

Holy Communion was served to those in attendance; Bishop Paul Leeland and Dr. Steve Furr served one station and welcomed many to the table.

Immediately following opening worship, the morning business session began. Role call was taken by Dr. Brad Brady to ensure a quorum was in attendance. Anne Travis was elected to be the conference secretary for the next quadrennium. Dr. John Ed Mathison of the Alabama-West Florida Conference presented the disciplinary reports. Dr. Brady reviewed voting instructions and technicalities. Below are the results of each ballot.

Ballot One: Jonathan Holston
Four intervals were taken and while waiting on results, conference ministries were featured.
Bishop Charlene Kammerer presided as the first ballot was taken.
439 ballots cast
Valid votes, 422
Needed for election, 254
Jonathan Holston of the North Georgia Conference was elected on the first ballot. He was escorted to the stage by Bishop Mike Watson and Bishop Lindsey Davis. His wife, daughter, mother and father were in attendance.
Jonathan Holston, 312
Ken Carter, 209
Bill McAlilly, 169
Debbie Wallace-Padgett, 156
Tim McLendon, 150
Gray Southern, 146
Sharma Lewis, 145
David Graves, 143
Larry Bryars, 123
Deborah McLeod, 115
Young Jin Cho, 104
Robert Beckum, 90
Randy Cooper, 88
Farley Stuart, III, 37
Ivilesse Quinones, 16

Ballot Two: No election
Dr. John Ed Mathison led the prayer before ballot two.
Four intervals were taken, then a UMW video was show as the ballots were tabulated.
Ballot two did not result in an election as the needed votes were not received. Ken Carter from the Western North Carolina Conference was falsely introduced before a balloting error was reported.
439 ballots cast
Valid votes, 425
Needed for election, 256
Ken Carter, 231
Bill McAlilly, 203
Debbie Wallace-Padgett, 165
Tim McLendon, 154
Gray Southern, 148
Sharma Lewis, 147
David Graves, 142
Deborah McLeod, 110
Larry Bryars, 95
Young Jin Cho, 82
Randy Cooper, 65
Robert Beckum, 60
Farley Stuart, III, 18
Ivilesse Quinones, 11

Ballot Three: Ken Carter
Bishop Thomas Stockton offered a prayer prior to voting.
Four intervals were taken and due to the prior mishap, votes were immediately tabulated.
438 votes were cast
Valid votes, 418
Needed for election, 252
Ken Carter of the Western North Carolina Conference was elected on the third ballot and escorted to the stage by Bishop Lawrence McClesky and Bishop Larry Goodpaster. His wife and daughter were in attendance.
Ken Carter, 271
Bill McAlilly, 218
Debbie Wallace-Padgett, 181
Tim McLendon, 155
Gray Southern, 148
Sharma Lewis, 142
David Graves, 129
Deborah McLeod, 105
Young Jin Cho, 79
Larry Bryars, 61
Randy Cooper, 56
Robert Beckum, 37
Farley Stuart, III, 20
Ivilesse Quinones, 13

Afternoon Sessions and Ballots

Ballot Four: No election
Dr. Belton Joyner opened the session after lunch in prayer and Bishop Larry Goodpaster presided over the session. The monitoring report was given by Jennifer Davis while votes were tabulated.
3 intervals were taken.
439 votes were cast
Valid votes, 426
Needed for election, 256
There was no election
Bill McAlilly, 248
Debbie Wallace-Padgett, 186
Tim McLendon, 164
Gray Southern, 139
Sharma Lewis, 120
David Graves, 105
Deborah McLeod, 91
Young Jin Cho, 63
Randy Cooper, 47
Larry Bryars, 35
Robert Beckum, 18
Farley Stuart, III, 14

At the conclusion of ballot four"s results being read, Robert Beckum of South Georgia withdrew his name from the elections.

Ballot Five: Bill McAlilly
Ballot Five was immediately taken after a technical glitch was addressed. A report from the committee on coordination and accountability was given as votes were tabulated.
3 intervals were taken.
440 votes were cast
Valid votes, 426
Needed for election, 256
Bill McAlilly from the Mississippi Conference was elected on the fifth ballot. Bishop Hope Morgan Ward and Bishop Jack Meadors escorted him to the stage. His wife, daughter, son, daughter-in-law and grandchild were in attendance.
Bill McAlilly, 278
Debbie Wallace-Padgett, 199
Tim McLendon, 176
Gray Southern, 140
Sharma Lewis, 116
David Graves, 100
Deborah McLeod, 94
Young Jin Cho, 63
Randy Cooper, 41
Larry Bryars, 28
Farley Stuart, III, 10

Ballot Six: No election
Patty Muse from the Holston Conference led the group in prayer. Bishop Mike Watson presided over the sixth ballot. A video about Candler School of Theology was shown and school leaders were introduced as ballots were tabulated.
2 intervals were taken.
440 votes were cast
Valid votes, 438
Needed for election, 263
There was no election
Debbie Wallace-Padgett, 221
Tim McLendon, 186
Gray Southern, 131
Sharma Lewis, 117
Deborah McLeod, 64
David Graves, 61
Young Jin Cho, 37
Larry Bryars, 19
Randy Cooper, 16

Ballot Seven: No election
Bishop Richard Looney offered the prayer before the next ballot. The Hinton Rural Life Center was featured as votes were counted.
2 intervals were taken.
439 votes were cast
Valid votes, 434
Needed for election, 260
There was no election
Debbie Wallace-Padgett, 238
Tim McLendon, 195
Gray Southern, 124
Sharma Lewis, 116
Deborah McLeod, 61
David Graves, 44
Young Jin Cho, 34
Randy Cooper, 16
Larry Bryars, 14

Ballot Eight: No election
Bishop James King presided over the results of the eighth ballot. A video about Southeastern United Methodist Agency For Rehabilitation (SEMAR) was shown.
2 intervals were taken.
439 votes were cast
Valid votes, 433
Needed for election, 260
There was no election
Debbie Wallace-Padgett, 247
Tim McLendon, 198
Gray Southern, 121
Sharma Lewis, 116
Deborah McLeod, 60
David Graves, 45
Young Jin Cho, 27
Randy Cooper, 17
Larry Bryars, 15

Dr. Larry Bryars of the Alabama-West Florida Conference withdrew his name from the election process as did Randy Cooper from the Memphis Conference.

Ballot Nine: No election
Bishop William Spain offered a prayer before the ballots were cast. Gulfside Assembly was featured as votes were counted.
2 intervals were taken.
440 votes were cast
Valid votes, 437
Needed for election, 262
There was no election
Debbie Wallace-Padgett, 251
Tim McLendon, 201
Gray Southern, 134
Sharma Lewis, 119
Deborah McLeod, 62
David Graves, 52
Young Jin Cho, 32

Ballot Ten: No election
David Beckley of Rust College offered a prayer and time of silent meditation before ballot ten. Lake Junaluska Assembly was celebrated as votes were counted.
2 intervals were taken.
440 votes were cast
Valid votes, 435
Needed for election, 262
There was no election
Debbie Wallace-Padgett, 260
Tim McLendon, 194
Gray Southern, 138
Sharma Lewis, 109
Deborah McLeod, 56
David Graves, 54
Young Jin Cho, 37

Ballot Eleven: Debbie Wallace-Padgett
Bishop Clay Lee led the group in prayer for the next ballot. Bishop King called on the group to join in singing, "Sweet, Sweet Spirit."
2 intervals were taken.
439 votes were cast
Valid votes, 434
Needed for election, 260
Debbie Wallace-Padgett from the Kentucky Conference was elected on the eleventh ballot. Bishop Lindsey Davis and Bishop James King escorted her to the stage. Bishop Al Gwin and Bishop Robert Spain escorted her husband and two children to accompany her.
Debbie Wallace-Padgett, 274
Tim McLendon, 186
Gray Southern, 143
Sharma Lewis, 98
David Graves, 53
Deborah McLeod, 50
Young Jin Cho, 40

Ballot Twelve, No election
Gloria Holt of the North Alabama Conference prayerfully called upon God to lead the last and final election at this conference. Stephanie Kimmick from the Virginia Conference, who is a US2 missionary, shared briefly and blessed the dinner before the break.
1 interval was taken.
438 votes were cast
Valid votes, 438
Needed for election, 263
There was no election
Tim McLendon, 155
Gray Southern, 123
Sharma Lewis, 72
David Graves, 36
Deborah McLeod, 25
Young Jin Cho, 22

Evening Sessions and Ballots

The dinner break resumed with a resounding version of, "Victory in Jesus" and "Great is Thy Faithfulness." Not a person was seated during these spirit-filled hymns. Emory University was featured in a video.

Ballot Thirteen: No election
Bishop Timothy Whitaker presided over the evening session. The SEJ CFA report was presented by Jim Allen of the Tennessee Conference while ballots were tabulated including musical interludes between PowerPoint slides. Resolutions number one and two of the CFA report were approved. Jennifer L. Burton was elected SEJ Treasurer for the next quadrennium.
1 interval was taken.
436 votes were cast
Valid votes, 436
Needed for election, 262
There was no election
Tim McLendon, 156
Gray Southern, 120
Sharma Lewis, 79
David Graves, 37
Young Jin Cho, 21
Deborah McLeod, 19

Ballot Fourteen, No election
Rev. Dr. Alice Rogers from the North Georgia Conference offered a prayer before the next ballot. Dr. Hope Morgan Ward presided over the next session.
1 interval was taken.
437 votes were cast
Valid votes, 437
Needed for election, 262
There was no election
Tim McLendon, 157
Gray Southern, 126
Sharma Lewis, 87
David Graves, 36
Young Jin Cho, 15
Deborah McLeod, 10

Ballot Fifteen, No election
The ministries of the United Methodist Men were celebrated as votes were counted. Dr. John Ed Mathison presented Bill Arnold of the Kentucky Conference to replace Debbie Wallace-Padgett on the Episcopacy committee due to her Episcopal election. It was approved.
1 interval was taken.
435 votes were cast
Valid votes, 435
Needed for election, 261
There was no election
Tim McLendon, 158
Gray Southern, 118
Sharma Lewis, 97
David Graves, 31
Young Jin Cho, 16
Deborah McLeod, 10

Ballot Sixteen, No election
Regina Henderson led the prayer before the next ballot. The Heritage Center was highlighted through a video.
1 interval was taken.
434 votes were cast
Valid votes, 434
Needed for election, 260
There was no election
Tim McLendon, 165
Sharma Lewis, 108
Gray Southern, 99
David Graves, 30
Young Jin Cho, 17
Deborah McLeod, 11

Ballot Seventeen
Bishop Jack Meadors led the prayer before the next ballot. Zack Ferguson, a US2 missionary serving in Memphis, presented about the importance of young people in the jurisdiction and denomination. He concluded the evening session with prayer.
The results of ballot seventeen will be presented at Thursday morning's business session.

Ice Cream Social

Dr. Larry Bryars and his wife, Vicki, hosted the AWF family at an ice cream social to express their thanks and appreciation for the generous support and prayers they have received over the past year. Guests included delegates, spouses and other clergy and lay visitors to SEJ. The Bryars' three sons were also in attendance.

Nominations

The following people were nominated from the Alabama-West Florida Conference to serve on various committees. Rev. Allen Newton and Pat Luna served on the nominations committee from our conference.
Rev. Tonya Elmore: Committee on Programs and Arrangements
Dr. Jeremy Pridgeon: Committee on Investigations
Rev. June Jernigan: Committee on Investigations

Secretarial Staff

The following people are serving on the 2012 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference Secretarial Staff
Rev. Jackie Slaughter, daily minutes
Rev. Jonathan Hart, page
Rev. Ralph Sigler, teller
Rev. David Goolsby, teller
Susan Hunt, teller
Clara Ester, teller

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