Members of The Fellowship will be electing new national Board members in May. The Nominations Committee has completed its work and submits the following report for consideration.

Please note: Members have the right to make additional nominations. If other names are added to the slate from the membership, these names, along with the names below, will comprise the final ballot.

To make additional nominations, please follow these guidelines:

  • Confirm that your nominee is willing to serve in one of the specific offices listed above. Request descriptions of the offices from the national office (615-499-6390 or David.Bone@UMFellowship.org)
  • Enlist at least 25 members to send a statement of support for your nominee. These statements of support must be emailed to Nominate@UMFellowship.org or mailed to Shelia Huis, Recording Secretary, National Fellowship Office, PO Box 24787, Nashville, TN 37202. These statements must be received no later than April 29, 2021.

Voting will be available in May.

Nominations Committee Report: Executive Board 2021-2023

Previously Elected Positions

Nancy FarringtonPresident: Nancy Farrington

 

 

 

Leigh Anne TaylorImmediate-Past President: Leigh Anne Taylor

 

 

 

President-Elect Nominees

The President-Elect presides in the absence of the President, meets monthly with the Executive Board and with Working Groups as needed, and appoints the Nominations Committee for the upcoming biennium.

Stephen MitchellStephen Mitchell

I am celebrating 25 years as a member of The Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts having joined in 1996. I attended my first Music & Worship Arts Week (MWAW) at Lake Junaluska in 1997, and that summer made many lifelong friends. I am active in many professional organizations, but my greatest love is serving our Fellowship organization alongside so many gifted musicians and artists. Over the last 25 years, I have served as the Southeastern Jurisdictional Representative (4 years), as the Chair of the Design Team for Music & Worship Arts Week (6 years), as the high school choir clinician for three summers at MWAW, as a Design Team member for the last five National Convocations, and on several visioning and special committees. I like to dream and vision, and there is no box that is too restrictive from which a new idea can't be born. I am OCD – and that exhibits itself in attention to detail and organization.

I currently serve as Director of Music at Athens First United Methodist Church in Athens, Georgia, a position I have held for 20 years. I oversee a fully graded music ministry, direct two adult choirs and two adult handbell choirs, oversee the worship planning, and work with a church staff of over 25. In addition, I am the Director of the Athens Choral Society, a 90-voice, non-audition community chorus, where I vision and plan with a board of 10 members for the future of our organization.

To serve as President of The Fellowship, an organization I love so much, at a time that will shape the future of the organization for many years to come would be both an honor and a privilege. I know my service would be wrapped in love and supported by so many of you who have mentored and loved me through the years.

Debra TyreeDebra Tyree

Two months into my first position in a United Methodist Church, someone called me and invited me to attend a Saturday morning meeting of "a bunch of worship and music folks who get it" called The Fellowship. I never stopped going. The Fellowship needs to continue to be that gathering of folks who are called to serve in music and worship arts so that we are able to worship together, have lasting relationships, and learn together with other folks who "get it." I have previously served The Fellowship as a local chapter officer, member of the Council, and as Biennial Fellowship Convocation chairperson. I have continued to serve "behind the scenes" when I have been asked and led workshops for many Fellowship events. I believe I bring a unique combination of gifts of organization, administration, creativity, and mentoring. Through my work with Global Praise, I came to deeply value the global UMC and believe we need to reflect the diversity of the world in all we do. My prayer is that through The Fellowship we always experience the weaving of the threads of our faith, worship, music, and ALL the religious arts – offering ourselves and our worship to God.

 

Vice President of Administration

The Vice President of Administration maintains oversight of the Administration Working Group and all its tasks, convening meetings of the Working Group at least monthly. This group is charged with addressing the financial management, personnel, and long-range financial concerns of The Fellowship, as well as other issues as assigned by the Executive Board. The Administration Working Group includes the Vice-President of Administration, the Financial/Personnel Coordinator, the Development Coordinator, and other committee leaders or at-large members as needed.

Douglas GroganDouglas F. Grogan

It has been an honor to serve as the Vice-President of Administration during the past two years as I volunteer alongside wonderful colleagues. This past year has surprised us with many challenges, but the Administrative working group has been diligent in being financial stewards of the Fellowship as we have navigated unchartered territory. I am confident that I am prepared to lead the Fellowship Administrative working group through the Executive Director transition into the future. It will likely look somewhat different, but WE will still be The Fellowship!

My skills as a church musician, educator, small arts administrator, connector, and organizer have given me the chance to strengthen the organization as we have identified challenges and created solutions. This process is not done, and I would be honored to continue the challenging and joyful work that still remains to be completed. My hope for our organization is that we will adapt and lean into the future by providing fellowship, worship, and leadership training opportunities for future generations.

 

Vice President of Community

The Vice President of Community maintains oversight of the Community Working Group and all its tasks, convening meetings of the Working Group at least monthly. This group is charged with addressing chapter, membership, and fellowship/community-related concerns of The Fellowship, as well as other issues as assigned by the Executive Board. The Community Working Group includes the Vice-President of Community, the Chapter Coordinator, the Membership Coordinator, and other committee leaders or at-large members as needed.

Bodie GilbertBodie Gilbert

With bachelor and master degrees in Church Music from Baylor University and the Master of Divinity from Truett Seminary, I come from a theologically diverse, academically rich ecumenical tradition. As a millennial, I have served in full-time music and worship ministry for over 12 years. And as a worship pastor, I am most alive when I am connecting with people—growing a comprehensive program that is stylistically diverse and multigenerational. Following a legacy of wide inclusivity at Westbury United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas, I serve as the first openly gay clergyperson in a congregation whose mission is to be "a church for all people with more than enough love to go around."

Each day of my ministry, I seek to embody the values of connectedness and authentic relationship. I believe that is the best way to do ministry. And, I believe that The Fellowship’s greatest strength is its ability to bring worship artists together to discover a needed community for support and enrichment. I believe in promoting an inclusive Fellowship that celebrates all people and facilitates opportunities for worship artists to make lasting, meaningful connections that help us better make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

 

Vice President of Content

The Vice President of Content maintains oversight of the Content Working Group and all its tasks, convening meetings of the Working Group at least monthly. This group is charged with addressing event, communication, and content related concerns of The Fellowship, as well as other issues as assigned by the Executive Board. The Content Working Group includes the Vice-President of Content, the Events Coordinator, the Publications and Media Coordinator, and other committee leaders or at-large members as needed.

Dakota Lee HillDakota Lee Hill

I look forward to serving again on the National Board as Vice President of the Content Work Area. For the past two years, I have served as content coordinator, working closely with both the content working group and WorshipArts magazine. I am confident that I can lead the Content Working Group with the knowledge I received serving the past two years. Through the COVID-19 pandemic, I have enjoyed working with the Content Work Area, helping to develop and share ideas as well as provide a place of solace for our members. I look forward to continuing the work Catherine Nance has begun and leading the Content Work Area through the next two years as we strive to provide quality content to our organization.

 

Additional Officers

In addition to the board members who are on the slate for election, other appointments will be made by the Executive Board, in consultation with the Nominations Committee following the election to complete the Board membership. These appointments will be made to ensure diversity on the entire Board, particularly as related to ethnicity and gender.

  • Recording Secretary
  • Financial/Personnel Coordinator
  • Development Coordinator
  • Chapter Coordinator
  • Membership Coordinator
  • Events Coordinator
  • Publications and Media Coordinator