Dr. Edwin M. "Buddy" Cooper Jr.
Dr. Edwin M. “Buddy” Cooper, Jr. is the Senior Minister at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Columbus, Georgia. He has an Associate degree from Middle Georgia College, B.S. in Math from Georgia Southern University, and Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Candler School of Theology, Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He serves on the Board of Directors for the following institutions: Wesley Glen Ministries and Biblical Gardens of Callaway Gardens with Jim Fleming. Dr. Cooper has been a part of the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church for 33 years. He is an Elder of the United Methodist Church and has served in the South Georgia Conference as the Chairperson of the Committee on Evangelism and as Registrar of the Board of Ordained Ministry. He is currently the Chairperson of the Peed Scholarship Committee. He served as Delegate to SEJ Conference in 2000 and 2004. He and his wife, Sheila Diane Davis Cooper, have been married since 1975. They have a son, Edwin M. Cooper III (25) and a daughter, Charlotte Diane Cooper (22). His hobbies include writing and golf.
Dr. William J. Abraham
Dr. William J. Abraham was born in Northern Ireland in 1947. He is currently teaching at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University in Dallas Texas. Educated at Portora Royal School, Enniskillen and Queen's University, Belfast, Abraham went on to receive a Master of Divinity Degree from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky and a doctorate in Philosophy of Religion from the University of Oxford, England.
He has served as a Methodist minister in Ireland and held the post of Associate Professor of Theology and Philosophy at Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, Washington. From 1985 to 1995 he was the McCreless Professor of Evangelism and Professor of Philosophy of Religion at Perkins School of Theology, S.M.U. In 1995 he was appointed to the Albert Cook Outler Professor of Wesley Studies at Perkins, working as a philosophical and systematic theologian in the Wesleyan tradition. In 2003 he was appointed as University Distinguished Teacher at Southern Methodist University.
Professor Abraham has authored numerous articles in philosophy, theology, and evangelism. In 1991 he wrote a major review article on "The State of Christian Theology in North America" for the Encyclopedia Britannica's Great Ideas Today. His books include: The Divine Inspiration of Holy Scripture (Oxford, 1981), Divine Revelation and the Limits of Historical Criticism (Oxford, 1982), The Coming Great Revival: Recovering the Full Evangelical Tradition (Harper and Row, 1984), An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion (Prentice-Hall, 1985), The Logic of Evangelism (Eerdmans, 1989), The Art of Evangelism: Evangelism Carefully Crafted into the Life of the Local Church (Cliff College Publishing Co., 1993), Waking from Doctrinal Amnesia (Abingdon, 1995), Canon and Criterion in Christian Theology (Oxford: Clarendon, 1997), Logic of Renewal (SPCK/Eerdmans, 2003), John Wesley For Armchair Theologians (Westminster/John Knox, 2005) and Crossing the Threshold of Divine Revelation (Eerdmans, 2006).
Beyond his academic endeavors and achievements, Abraham has in conjunction with First United Methodist Church, Uvalde, Texas, developed a catechumenate entitled Basic Christianity for use in local churches to provide a means of initiating new Christians and seekers into the Christian faith.
Abraham regularly accepts invitations as lecturer and preacher and is in demand throughout the United States, Great Britain, Ireland, and Australia.
Abraham and his wife of 29 years, Muriel, have three children, Timothy, Siobhan, and Shaun. They live in Dallas, Texas, and attend Highland Park United Methodist Church in Dallas.
Family: Spouse: Edna R. Alegria
(BSN, RN; Harris County Hospital District)
Daughter: Paula C. Alegria (junior, Lamar University)
Sons: Francisco (Frankie) (5th grade) &
Stephen C. Alegria (3rd Grade)
•Stephen F. Austin State University, Bachelor of Science, Nacogdoches, Texas, 1976
• Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Master of Divinity, Dallas, Texas, 1988
• The Theological School, Drew University, Doctor of Ministry, Madison, NJ, 1997
Church Involvement: Previously served:
• National Committee on Hispanic Ministries, (‘92-’96)
• Conference Committee on Hispanic Ministries
• Conference Committee on Religion and Race
• Episcopal Committee
• Trustee, United Methodist Foundation
• Wesley Community Center, Board of Directors
• Houston Board of Missions
• Jurisdictional Conference Delegate, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004
• General Conference Delegate, 2000, 2004
• Conference Board of Ministry, (1 992-2004)
• Currently Serving:
• Golden Cross Committee, Texas Annual Conference
• Regional Director, Foundation for Evangelism, Lake Junaluska, NC
• Beaumont District, Board of Ministry, Chairperson
• Board of Directors, Wesley Foundation, Lamar University
• Board of Directors, Lakeview Conference Center
• Advisory Trustee, United Methodist Foundation, Texas Annual Conference
• Beaumont Founders Chapter, Lion Club International
• Downtown Area Clergy Group
• Beaumont Club, Rotary International
• Board of Directors, Boys Haven
• Community Development Commission, City of Beaumont, Appointed by the Mayor (2005-2007)
• Secretary, SE Texas Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance
Churches Served: as Senior Pastor
• St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, Houston, Texas, 1988-1992
• Reid Memorial United Methodist Church, Houston, Texas, 1992-1997
• First United Methodist Church, Brazoria, Texas, 1997- December 31, 2003
• First United Methodist Church, Beaumont, Texas, December31, 2003 to Present
Hobbies: Horticulture, Computer, Reading, Woodwork, Calligraphy
Thomas R. Dyer
Thomas R. Dyer is an attorney with emphasis in the areas of banking, business transactions, commercial real estate and commercial litigation
He is Co-Chair of the Firm's Financial Institutions Subgroup and is a member of the General Corporate and Real Estate & Lending Practice Groups. He concentrates his practice in the areas of banking, business transactions, commercial real estate and commercial litigation. He is the former Managing Partner of McDonnell Dyer and is on the Executive Committee of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs. He has written articles for legal and financial institution trade publications and has lectured at educational seminars on lender liability, the responsibility of officers and directors and financial institution topics. Mr. Dyer serves on the Board of Directors of The Dixon Gallery and Gardens and The Hope Foundation. He is a member, and serves as Chairman, of the Boys' Club Foundation, member of the Tennessee Bar Foundation, Tennessee Young Lawyers Foundation, Memphis and American Bar Associations and Committee on the Banking Law Section of the American Bar Association, and the American College of Mortgage Attorneys. He is a former President of the Tennessee Young Lawyers, former member of the Board of Governors of the Tennessee Bar Association and House of Delegates, former member of the University of Tennessee College Alumni Association and served as a delegate to the Tennessee Constitutional Convention (1970-71), where he served as Chairman of the Intangible Tax Committee. He received his B.A. degree in 1963 and his J.D. degree in 1966 from the University of Tennessee.
Edgar S. Goins Sr.
Chap. Herbert L. Griffin Jr.
Chaplain Herbert L. Griffin, Jr. is one of four clergy persons serving as Chaplain Corps recruiter for the United States Navy. Chaplain Griffin is a subject matter expert on issues of accessions, requirements, and standards as they pertain to the Corps. As Chaplain Corps Recruiter, Chaplain Griffin will impact the makeup of the Navy’s Spiritual leadership for the next thirty years.
A Military "Brat", Chaplain Griffin grew up all over the world and calls home wherever he and his family reside. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Military Science from Grand Rapids Baptist College (now Corner Stone University), Grand Rapids, Michigan. He holds a Masters of Arts Degree in Biblical Literature from the Assembly of God Theological Seminary, Springfield, Missouri and a Master of Divinity from Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University. A full clergy member of the West Michigan Annual conference, Herb was the first African American to matriculate from Candidate to Elder in the conference.
Herb has served as Staff Chaplain at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland, Group Chaplain to the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Wing Support Group 17, Okinawa, Japan, and as Command Chaplain to the crew of Guided Missile Cruiser, USS LONGBEACH (CGN-9), San Diego, California. Rev. Griffin served as intern, associate pastor, and director in urban ministry settings.
Chaplain Griffin is the grateful husband of the former Ellainia D. Vicks and the "godly" proud father of Porsche M. Griffin and Alexandria M. Griffin.
Dr. Gail Harrelson is an ordained Elder serving in the United Methodist Texas Annual Conference. In 1976, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Practical Theology from Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas and in 1978 she received a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Dr. Harrelson continued her education with an internship, from 1983 to 1984, at Memorial Southwest Hospital in Houston, Texas focusing on Clinical Pastoral Education and in 1990 she earned a Doctor of Ministry at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois.
From 1984 to 1986, Dr. Harrelson served as associate pastor of Memorial Drive United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas, and from 1986 to 1987 at First United Methodist in Pearland, Texas. She pastored at Asbury United Methodist Church in Tyler, Texas, from 1987-1990, at First United Methodist Church in Brazoria, Texas, from 1990 to 1994, at First United Methodist Church in Pittsburg, Texas, from 1994 to 1996, and at Glenbrook United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas, from 1996 to 2001. Dr. Harrelson is currently serving at First United Methodist Church in Giddings, Texas.
Dr. Harrelson is the associate secretary of the Texas Annual Conference and a trustee of the United Methodist Foundation. She also serves as vice-chairperson of the Rules and Structure Committee and is a district representative for the Commission of the Status and Role of Women. In addition, she is a co-coordinator for The Confessing Movement in the Texas Annual Conference and has been elected as an alternate delegate for General Conference 2000.
Dr. Les Longden
Dr. Longden is currently an Associate Professor of Evangelism and Discipleship at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary with a B.A. in philosophy from Lewis and Clark College, a B.D. from Union Theological Seminary in New York, and a M.Phil. and Ph.D. in historical theology from Drew University.
"Evangelism has often been relegated by scholars to a minor place in the discipline of practical theology and by local churches to a mere committee on methods for adding members. My experience as a pastor and scholar has led me to see evangelism as an action of the church where theological and practical concerns must be kept in vital conversation and interaction. Theologically, evangelism requires fundamental reflection on the apostolic identity and mission of the church. Practically, it includes not only the proclamation of the Gospel which announces the kingdom of God but also the ecclesial practices by which people are initially formed as disciples of Jesus Christ. In the increasingly pluralistic contexts of the twenty-first century, pastors and congregations need a revitalized evangelism that announces Jesus as the Savior of the world and depends on the agency of the Holy Spirit as the chief teacher and energizer of the Church."
A Canadian who lives as a permanent alien resident in the United States, Les Longden has been a pastor in a small rural church, and a Minister of Education and Senior Pastor in two large churches. His ecumenical experience includes teaching assignments in an Episcopal Preparatory School, a Roman Catholic college and diocese, and two United Methodist universities. As an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church, Dr. Longden has served as a delegate to the General Conference, a columnist for the United Methodist News Service, and a participant in several national dialogues sponsored by the United Methodist General Commission on Church Unity and Inter-religious Concerns.
In addition to reviews and articles published in Catalyst, Circuit Rider, Methodist History, and The Michigan Christian Advocate, Dr. Longden has edited two volumes: The Wesleyan Theological Heritage: Essays of Albert C. Outler (co-edited with Thomas C. Oden) and Albert C. Outler Ecumenical Theologian. Future writing and research interests include an intellectual biography of Albert Outler, an historical study of Wesleyan practices of evangelism and catechesis with practical suggestions for local churches, and the exploration of the possibilities for evangelization as an ecumenical activity.
Dr. C Karen Covey Mooore
Dr. C Karen Covey Moore is the mother of three and the grandmother of five. In 1987 she earned her Masters of Divinity, and in 1998 her Doctor of Ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary.
Since Jesus Christ become real and central in Dr. Moore’s life in 1974, she has claimed as her life verse: "For me to live is Christ, and die is gain." Philippians 1:21. She has sought to live in faithful fulfillment of the calling as a wife, mother, grandmother, nurse, and now as an ordained minister of Jesus Christ in The United Methodist Church.
Dr. Moore was ordained Deacon in 1985 and Elder in 1989 and has served under pastoral appointment in the Peninsula-Delaware Conference since 1984. Her appointments have been in the Dover, Wilmington and Salisbury Districts and have included an appointment as Pediatric Chaplain at the Medical Center of Delaware, where she directed the development of the Volunteer Lay Chaplains program. She is currently serving the Wilmington District as the pastor of Peniel United Methodist Church in Newport, Delaware.
On the Conference and District levels she has served as the Chairperson of the Conference Board of Higher Education, where she was privileged to establish a Wesley Foundation at Salisbury State University in Salisbury, Maryland. Dr. Moore has enjoyed being the mentor for ten persons going through the Candidacy for Ordained Ministry and serving on the District Committee of Ordained Ministry. She has especially enjoyed teaching in the Lay Academies of the Salisbury, Dover and Wilmington Districts and providing teacher training for the South Carolina Conference Lay Academy. Currently, she serves as Clergy Advisor for Wilmington District Lay Speakers Committee, president of her Conference Wesley Seminary Graduates Association, and vice president of the Board of Directors of Delaware Ecumenical Agency.
A strong sense of the importance of the need for an informed and active laity in the Church and a love for our Wesleyan heritage were motivating factors in developing the course and study guide, Faith and Order: Exploring The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church. These same factors have lead her to be involved in The Confessing Movement within The United Methodist Church, serving as the Northeastern Jurisdictional Coordinator.
Rev. Elizabeth Moreau
Rev. Elizabeth Moreau was born in Fort Worth, Texas. She is the mother of Paul D. Moreau and the grandmother of four. Rev. Moreau received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1985 and a Masters of Divinity from Perkins School of Theology, SMU, Texas.
Rev. Moreau has been an ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church since June of 1994 and an Elder since 1996. From August 1993 to May 1994, Rev. Moreau served as an intern at Westbury United Methodist Church. She then ministered at Bradfield Chapel, Jenkins United Methodist Church, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church and Markham United Methodist Church in Bay City, Texas. Rev. Moreau has served on a variety of committees and boards. When health issues necessitated leaving the local church, she used the time to respond to one of the greatest needs in the local church today: the need for laity to be taught the content of the faith and to come to see the world through the eyes of Christ - in short, to love God with all of their minds. Over a decade of service in the local church convinced Rev. Moreau that the laity desire the deeper things of God. She currently teaches through Servants' Feast Christian Ministry and lives in Friendswood, Texas.
Jeffery R. Spiller
Jeffery R. (Jeff) Spiller was born September 2, 1954. He and his wife, Norma Borland Spiller have a daughter, Melinda, who is twenty-three years old, a son, Adam, who is thirteen years old and a four-year-old grandson, Joseph. Jeff’s educational background includes a B.A. from Huntingdon College (1976) Montgomery, AL; and Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology, Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia (1979). In 1980, he was ordained an Elder in The United Methodist Church.
Jeff has served as Senior Pastor of Christ United Methodist Church for 26 years. In 1979, he and 12 missioner families founded Christ United Methodist Church which has become the fastest growing Methodist church in the Alabama/West Florida Conference under Jeff’s leadership. Christ Church has a membership of more than 4,400 members. Christ Church’s average worship attendance is about 2,200.
In May 1985 the Denman Evangelism Award was presented to Jeff at the annual meeting of The Alabama/West Florida Conference. The Foundation presented this award for Evangelism, The United Methodist Church, Nashville, Tennessee. Jeff has served as delegate to both the General Conference and Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference of The United Methodist Church.
He currently serves as Chair of the Clergy Council of the Beeson Institute for Preaching and Leadership, Asbury Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky and as a Trustee for Huntingdon College as well as being on the faculty of “The Order of the Flame” with World Evangelism, World Methodist Church. He has led national seminars for Pastors Starting New Congregations sponsored by the General Board of Global Ministries and The General Board of Discipleship. He currently leads seminars on church growth, vision, and leadership development. He also conducts consultations with congregations nationwide.
Jeff has written three books, Building a Regional Church…From The Ground Up! (Christ United Methodist Church, 1994) and Perceptions: Observations of Everyday Life Vol. I (Durham Inc. 2002) and Perceptions: Observations of Everyday Life Vol. II (Durham Inc. 2004)
Rev. Budd L. Sprague
The Rev. Budd L. Sprague is a retired pastor in the East Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church following 44 years of service. He lives at 5200 Parkhaven Ave. NE, Canton, Ohio 44705; 330/493-6400.
Since receiving his first appointment in 1956, Budd has served churches in a variety of settings from rural multi- church charges to suburban and inner-city churches as well as pastor of the Lakeside church on the Conference Grounds and served as Chaplain during the summer Chautauqua program where he met and introduced the leading preachers and religious leaders of that period during the daily chapel hour.
Rev. Sprague has served on District and Conference committees in the areas of Discipleship, Evangelism, Missions, Church and Society, Personnel, and Ministry -many of which he served as chairman.
Budd has led evangelistic services and workshops for over 30 years both individually and as a National Missioner with the Department of Evangelism, the Board of Discipleship, Nashville, Tennessee; was trained to conduct New Life Missions and Key Events as assigned by the General Board and has led these services in several states as well as being a part of the " Awake Australia" Mission in 1983. He has had training in Evangelism Explosion under Dr. D. James Kennedy and has developed an effective visitation ministry for use in local churches, and led in the development of two evangelistic youth ministries within the East Ohio Conference which have continued for nearly 30 years and seen countless young men and women enter into many areas of Christian ministry as pastors, missionaries, evangelists, and musicians.
He has been actively involved in renewal efforts within the United Methodist Church as one of the founders of the East Ohio Evangelical Fellowship, as a member of the Good News Board of Directors, and as chairman of the Consultation on the Future of the United Methodist Church which met in Atlanta, Ga. in the spring of 1994 and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Confessing Movement Within the United Methodist Church which was founded as a result of that meeting.
Personal: Born in Beverly, Ohio, 1935; Married, Carole L. Snyder, They have 7 children.
Education: Graduated Beverly High School, 1953~ attended Ohio University, 1953-54~ Ohio Northern University, 1955- 56~ Graduated Marietta College, 1960~ Graduated The Methodist Theological School in Ohio, 1963
Honors: Elected Phi Beta Kappa, graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Philosophy and Psychology, 1960; M. Div. Methesco, 1963; received the Denman Evangelism Award from the East Ohio Conference, 1989.
Ministry: Received License to Preach, 1956 - Ordained Deacon, June 1961 - Elder, June 1963 - Served 7 years as student pastor, West Ohio Conference - And in Full Connection in East Ohio since 1963 - Retired, June 2000.
Travel: 1973 Travel and personal research in England.
1974 World Methodist Convocation on Evangelism, Jerusalem.
1977 Led a travel seminar to Israel.
1982 Led a travel seminar to Israel, Jordan, Egypt and Greece.
1983 Participant in "Awake Australia" Mission.
1989 Personal travel to England, Scotland and Wales.
1998 Study Leave, Tyndall House, Cambridge University, Cambridge, England.
2005 Led a travel seminar of Paul’s 4th Missionary Journey to Greece and Italy
Rev Harry Wood
The Reverend Harry Wood was born in Atlanta, Georgia on August 17, 1940. Rev. Wood is married to Ruth and has two children, Harry Lee III and Robin, as well as two granddaughters, Catherine and Hannah.
Rev. Wood attended Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1962 and a Bachelor of Divinity in 1965. He then began his ministry as Associate Pastor of First Methodist Church Decatur, Georgia. From 1967-1978 he served as pastor of Sierra Vista United Methodist Church in Fresno, California and Wesley United Methodist Church in Palo Alto, California. He is currently serving as pastor of Visalia United Methodist Church in Visalia, California.
Rev. Harry Wood has served on Mill Creek Hospital’s Community Advisory Board and chaired Cooperacion for the California-Nevada United Methodist Mission for Bolivia. Rev. Wood is a past chairman of Evangelical Renewal Fellowship in the California-Nevada Conference and serves on the Ethics Committee of Kaweah Delta Health Care District. He is also a member of the Visalia Rotary Club and was named "Man of the Year" by Visalia Chamber of Commerce in 1997. Rev. Wood helped form a city-wide anti-gang task force, Pro Youth Visalia, in 1995 and currently serves on its Board of Directors. Rev. Wood is an alternate delegate for the 2000 General Conference of the United Methodist Church and is a delegate to the Western Jurisdictional Conference.