Judy Matthews Lectureship Series (Sunday - Monday)

Sun, October 1, 20176:30 PM - 7:45 PM

The Judy Matthews Lecture Series has presented a variety of inspirational and educational speakers over the years. 

Bishop Scott Jones, the Texas Annual Conference Bishop, is our speaker for this year’s Lecture Series. Bishop Jones was born in The Volunteer State but was raised in Illinois, Indiana and Colorado as well. He received degrees from the University of Kansas (B.A. in Philosophy), Perkins School of Theology of Southern Methodist University (Master of Theology) and Southern Methodist University (Ph.D. in Religious Studies).  His dissertation research was focused on Wesley Studies and the History of Biblical Interpretation.

He was ordained deacon in the Kansas East Annual Conference and elder in the North Texas Annual Conference. In 2004, Reverend Jones became Bishop Jones when he was elected a bishop by the South Central Jurisdictional Conference. He served as Bishop of the Kansas Area and in 2012 the Nebraska Conference was added to his area. Bishop Jones led the creation of the Great Plains Conference which included the UMC congregations of both states. The bottom line is that Bishop Jones is not a native Texan, but like many of us, got here as quickly as he could. 

Bishop Jones has a deep abiding love for the Wesleyan Movement. He will share with us what it means to be a disciple in the Movement. He also will share his thoughts on the future of the Wesleyan Movement. You won’t want to miss hearing our Bishop speak!

Sunday morning, Oct. 1

One Worship Service at 10:30 in the Sanctuary with Bishop Jones

Sunday evening, Oct. 1

6:30 (lecture) in the Fellowship Hall

Monday evening, Oct. 2

6:00 (dinner) in the Fellowship Hall

6:30 (lecture) in the Fellowship Hall

The Series came to life because of the vision of Judy Matthews, a beloved Director of Christian Education and long-time member of our congregation. Education and spiritual development were important to Judy. During her certification process, she came to value the benefits of lectures by professors at the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University and wanted to provide that opportunity to our community. Following her death from cancer in 2003, the Lectureship was established in her memory to provide funding to host the guest speakers.  We have been fortunate to hear excellent topics presented by a distinguished group of individuals.