A Word from Bishop Laura Merrill

Last week was perhaps the most extraordinary I’ve ever experienced. At the risk of repeating it one time too many, the delegates of the South Central Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church allowed the Holy Spirit to do some big work. Together, we elected our first Black woman bishop in the SCJ, we elected two…Read More »

Andy Smith Appointed Interim District Superintendent of Capital District

Robert Schnase, bishop of the Rio Texas Annual Conference, announces the interim appointment of Rev. Andy Smith as District Superintendent of the Capital District. Smith will follow Bishop Laura Merrill, who was assigned to the Arkansas Annual Conference last week. The interim appointment of Rev. Andy Smith allows Rio Texas cabinet and Bishop Schnase time…Read More »

Laura Merrill Elected as Bishop

The Rev. Laura Merrill, Capital District Superintendent in the Rio Texas Conference, has been elected as bishop in The United Methodist Church’s South Central Jurisdictional Conference. Delegates elected Rev. Merrill on November 2, 2022 at the jurisdiction’s meeting in Houston, Texas, on the first ballot. She received 99 votes. “It is a profound honor to…Read More »