Candidates for General Conference Statements of Candidacy for the 2016 United Methodist General Conference Rev. Susan Boegli I submit my name, Rev. Susan Boegli, to be considered as a delegate representing the Alaska Annual Conference for the 2016 United Methodist General Conference. I presently serve Aldersgate UMC in Juneau Alaska and have done so for the past four years. Prior to this current appointment, I served a small congregation in Oregon and before that, I served as an associate pastor for a large church in Oregon. I have been ordained in full connection for five years and belong to the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference. It would be my pleasure to act as a delegate representing the Alaska Annual Conference. Rev. Evelyn Erbele Clergy appointed to First United Methodist Church in Ketchikan since July 2008. I am asking that the Alaska Annual Conference consider my declaration for candidacy as a delegate to General Conference 2016 I am an ordained elder of the Oregon Idaho Annual Conference and have been a commissioned missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries since 1989 having served in Nigeria, Russia, Latvia and Lithuania. In 2011, I was elected by this conference to be the 1st Alternate to the Western Jurisdictional Conference. As happens in Alaska clergy move. As a result when the General Conference delegate moved in 2011 I became the 1st Alternate to GC 2012. Because of a subsequent departure of the second delegate in 2013, I floated up the list to fulfill the quadrennial responsibilities of the GC clergy delegate. I am now on the Western Jurisdiction Episcopacy Committee. A committee that I find most intriguing and would, if elected, enjoy the privilege to continue serving on. Having been to General Conference and Western Jurisdictional Conference for the first time in 2012, I witnessed firsthand the wranglings, nuances and finesse that goes into having the Alaska Conference’s voice heard in both the general church and the jurisdiction. Within the Alaska Conference I have served on the Southeast Program Council and the New Ministries Committee. Currently, I am secretary for the Professional Ministries Unit. The Ketchikan UMC is home to the First City Homeless Services – Day Shelter. I serve on the governing board as chairperson. The Day Shelter’s mission is to offer the homeless a safe non-judgmental shelter and access to local resources. Never in all my youthful imaginings would I have seen myself spending the day addressing the multitude of needs presented by men, women and children who are hungry and without shelter. I consider it a privilege to serve the Alaska Conference, love living in Ketchikan and am living my call to ministry when advocating for the respect and dignity of my neighbors. Academic credentials: Bachelors of Science in Nursing, Masters in Marriage and Family Counseling and a Doctorate in Theology. Thank you for considering this request. Rev. Doug Handlong Doug was ordained a probationary member in the Desert Southwest Annual Conference in 1997 and an elder in 2000. Doug has served the rural and urban churches in his years of ministry. As a part of the annual conference leadership in the Desert Southwest, Doug served as Chair of the BHECM and Chair for the North District Committee on Ministry. He has also served on the Board of Ordained Ministry, and New Faith Communities as well as the Annual Conference Leadership team. Doug first came to Alaska in 2010, and again in 2011 while on short term mission. Doug has served here in Anchorage at Anchor Park UMC since 2012. Doug currently serves on the Leadership team for the annual conference and is the chair of the Professional Ministries Unit. Doug also serves on the Birchwood board. Doug is for an inclusive church that is open to all people, at the same time honoring our theological and cultural differences that make us a diverse body that are United Methodists. Rev. Carlo Rapanut I respectfully put my name into consideration for election as a delegate to General and Jurisdictional Conference, per conference rule R6.1700. Here are my reasons: • Serving as Superintendent gives me a “big picture” view of the Conference as well as knowledge of the specifics of each ministry setting. This allows me to have a well-rounded perspective to represent the concerns and needs in our area. • Having come from the Philippines and having maintained my clergy membership there until last year, I possess the perspective of one who used to be from outside the U.S. “looking in” and one who now lives and serves in the U.S. I can be a bridge and a “core interpreter of issues” for our sisters and brothers from the Central Conferences. My qualifications are as follows: Ordination and Conference Membership: • Ordained Elder in the UMC on April 23, 2006 in the Northwest Philippines Annual Conference. • Transferred clergy membership to the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference in 2014. Education: • Master of Divinity, Wesley Divinity School, Philippines; March 2003 • Master of Management major in Business, University of the Philippines; April 2000 Appointments: • Pastor, Philex Mines UMC, Philippines 1998-2000 • Associate Pastor, Baguio First UMC, Philippines 2000-2004 • Senior Pastor, Baguio First UMC, Philippines 2004-2006 • Assistant to the Bishop, Baguio Episcopal Area, Philippines 2006-2008 • Pastor, UMC of Chugiak, Alaska 2008-2014 • Conference Superintendent, Alaska UM Conference, 2014-present Connectional Involvement: • Western Jurisdiction: WJ Mission Cabinet; WJ Inter-Ethnic Coordinating Committee • Alaska: PMU (Member/Chair); Congregational Development (Chair); South Central Region Program Council (Chair); Communications • Philippines Central Conference: Delegate (as lay in 2000 and as clergy in 2008); Coordinating Council; Conference UMYF (President) I am committed to remaining in the Alaska Conference for the foreseeable future and, if elected, I will represent our Alaska interests at the General and Jurisdictional Conferences to the best of my ability and with faithful attention to the great diversity of church family here. Jo Anne Hayden In 2012 I served as Chair of the Alaska United Methodist Conference Delegation as the lay delegate to General Conference and as a lay delegate to the Western Jurisdictional Conference. Twice immediately prior to that (2004 and 2008) I served the AUMC as the 1st reserve delegate to the Western Jurisdictional Conference and the 2nd reserve delegate to General Conference. It is with this background that I offer this statement of candidacy to represent the Alaska United Methodist Conference in 2016. Having initially attended both the General Conference and the Western Jurisdictional Conference in the status of reserve delegate gave me the opportunity to directly observe and learn about these major bodies and their work. While doing that, I was also afforded the opportunity to serve initially as a committee member of the Western Jurisdiction Program and Arrangements Committee for the 20042008 quadrennium and the Rules Chair within that committee, both which I continued to do during the 2008-2012 quadrennium as well. During the last year of the previous quadrennium (2012) and during this 2012-2016 quadrennium I have and continue to serve as a member of the Western Jurisdiction Committee on Episcopacy. Additionally, I served as a Director for the Women’s Division during the 2008-2012 quadrennium and I'm currently serving as a Director of United Methodist Women, Inc. and as a member of the Program Advisory Group during this 2012-2016 quadrennium. I have also served in a couple leadership positions at the Jursidictional level within United Methodist Women previously. Currently, within the Alaska United Methodist Conference I serve as a member of the Professional Ministries Unit and as a member of the Leadership Team. Recently I have also assumed the position of Associate Lay Leader of the Alaska United Methodist Conference. Previously I have served as a member of the Nominations Committee and both previously and currently serve on the Annual Conference Planning Team. President of the Alaska Conference United Methodist Women is another position that I have held for four years in addition to the eight years served prior to that as a member of the UMW Conference Executive Team. Within my local church I have also served in a number of capacities both as a church committee member and in leadership positions over the years and I have even served within our former regional program councils. Additionally, over the years, I have also served in my local UMW in multiple leadership positions. Thoughout my years of service in the variety of capacities I have and continue to serve, I have met and worked with many throughout the church and I look forward to continuing to do so with your support as together we work to be the church today as well as in the future.
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