“Because God is with us there’s more to the story than today’s challenges,” said Rev. Dr. David Palmer, senior pastor of Kent First UMC, in his sermon during the morning worship service on Saturday, June 10.

The 54th session of the East Ohio Annual Conference met at the John S. Knight Center in Akron. During the conference, Annual Conference 2023 members:

  • approved the re-districting of the East Ohio Conference from 10 districts to four effective January 1, 2024,
  • approved a 5% increase across all pastoral minimum salary categories,
  • approved the 2024 Conference budget of $9,428,531, which is a reduction of 3.5% over the 2023 budget,
  • approved a sexual ethics policy, a parental leave policy, and a professional standards policy,
  • approved the disaffiliation agreements of 237 churches effective the end of June 2023, and
  • approved three resolutions.

The AC 2023 services and celebrations commemorated 48 saints who joined the Church Triumphant since last year’s conference, celebrated the ministries of 40 clergy who are retiring this year, and the commissioning of five clergy and the ordination of nine.

“Our mission is yet alive,” declared Bishop Malone during her Episcopal Address. “Now is the time for us to focus forward. This is a time of remarkable opportunity in the life of The United Methodist Church.”

Annual Conference 2024 will meet at the John S. Knight Center in Akron on Thurs., June 13 through Sat., June 15.

For more information about disaffiliations, visit the UMC Updates page on our site.