McAlilly Elected as Bishop
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Thank You from Bill McAlilly
Bill McAlilly, July 19, 2012
Bill McAlilly elected a bishop of The United Methodist Church
McAlilly, 55, superintendent of Mississippi's Seashore District since the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, was elected July 18 on the fifth ballot by jurisdictional conference delegates.
On Sept. 1, he
will become one of 13 active bishops in the Southeastern Jurisdiction, which includes 15 annual (regional) conferences.
Delegates to the 2012 jurisdictional conferences will elect a total of 11 United Methodist bishops, five of which will come from the Southeastern Jurisdiction.
McAlilly is the third bishop to be elected by the Southeastern Jurisdition.
A consecration service for the new bishops will be held at 10 a.m. July 20 in Stuart Auditorium at Lake Junaluska Assembly.
Geographical assignments for the jurisdiction's bishops will be announced earlier that day.
Unanimously endorsed by the Mississippi Conference, McAlilly
received 278 of the 440 votes cast.
"Most of you know I have lived by John 14:12 these last months, when Jesus said to Philip, 'if you simply put your trust in me, greater things will you do than I have done,'" McAlilly
told the body after his election.
family and his
annual conference for what he
called "the greatest support system in the Kingdom of God."
A delegate to five Jurisdictional and four General conferences, McAlilly
led the 2012 Mississippi delegation.
has served in a wide variety of ministry settings all leading to congregational growth, from a small congregation in the Mississippi Delta, to a new church start in the suburbs of Memphis, to a new congregation in Madison, Miss., where the membership grew from 550 to 1,200 during his
appointment to the Seashore District
in 2006, many homes and churches were rebuilt and restored.
Working closely with UMCOR, he
was involved in improving hurricane preparedness through the construction of buildings to store supplies and to provide housing for United Methodist volunteers.
serves as a member of the Holy Conferencing Task Force leading toward General Conference 2012 and was a contributor to the book "The Gift of Unity," edited by Bishop Scott Jones.
McAlilly was educated at Millsaps College where he received the Pendergrass Medal for Preaching and earned a Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology, Emory University.
McAlilly is married to Lynn Barkley, a public school teacher.