Annual Conference 2019

East Ohio GC Delegation

The 50th session of Annual Conference was held at Lakeside Chautauqua June 10-13.

Annual Conference 2019, Bearing Fruit that Lasts: Called, Committed, Connected, highlighted the joy of making a commitment to take up residence in God’s love and to extend that love to others.

Annual Conference members elected these EOC delegates to General Conference 2020 – to be held May 5-15 in Minneapolis, MN: Rev. Gary Henderson, Rev. Andy Call, Rev. Dan Bryant, Rev. Matthew Laferty, Rev. Armando Arellano, Rev. Benita Rollins, Jerry Rinehart, Ellen Burrows, Dr. Martha Banks, Betty Wilson, Bob Wagner, and Holly Grant.

Download the AC 2019 recap video, and read the AC 2019 summary report.




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Be the Church in New, Creative Ways

Catalyst Faith Communities

Catalyst Faith Communities create change by breaking down barriers through an authentic witness of Christian community.

Attend a Vision Day in your district to: discover how Catalyst Faith Communities can impact your mission field; learn how your congregation can engage the community beyond the church walls; and get the tools to start a local Catalyst Faith Community.

The first districts to host Catalyst Vision Days are:

  • North Coast – Aug. 20 (1:00-4:00 p.m.)
  • Firelands – Sept. 6 (9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)
  • Canal – Sept. 10 (9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.)
  • Mahoning Valley – Sept. 22 (2:00-5:00 p.m.)

Click here for the locations of scheduled Vision Days and to learn more about Catalyst Faith Communities.

Equipping local churches to be, make, and mature disciples of Jesus Christ

EOC Vision

EOC VISION: As our Episcopal leader, Bishop Tracy S. Malone holds out a vision and a hope that we will be bold, faithful and courageous in our Christian witness and will behold the power, the Holy Spirit’s power, that has been poured out upon us. View the bishop’s vision message.

Four Areas of Focus

FOUR AREAS OF FOCUS: Our mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world centers on Four Areas of Focus: Engaging in Ministry with the Poor; Improving Global Health; Developing Principled Christian Leaders; and Creating New and Renewed Congregations.


APPOINTMENTS: In making appointments, Bishop Tracy S. Malone considers the gifts and evidence of God’s grace of those appointed; needs, characteristics and opportunities of congregations; and faithfulness and commitment to an open itineracy. View appointments.

Pathways to Ministry

PATHWAYS TO MINISTRY: All Christians are ministers who are called to service.  As you explore God’s call on your life, the resources on the Pathways to Ministry pages can help you discern your call to be ordained clergy or your call to the ministry of the laity.

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