2020 Annual Conference Updates



Updated June 12, 2020

Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi, after consultation with her Coordinating Cabinet, Conference Secretary John Wilson and Conference Sessions Chair Alan Morrison, announced on April 3 that the Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference session scheduled for June 11-13, 2020 at Grove City College had been cancelled. The celebrations and the necessary business of the Conference will be cared for in different ways and at different places, she said.

"While much about the spread of coronavirus is still not known, including whether stay-at-home orders will still be in place in June, we decided to change our plans now. Concern for the health and safety of our Annual Conference members, many of whom are among the most vulnerable populations, was the most important factor in my decision," the Bishop said in an email to clergy and voting lay members sent April 3.
Rev. Morrison, who chairs the Conference Sessions Team, made alternate arrangements to care for all the necessary business of the Annual Conference. 

  • A one-day session will be held on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020 at the Erie Bayfront Convention Center. 
  • The Clergy Session, initially scheduled for June 27, was postponed until the morning of Saturday, August 22, 2020 at Ingomar United Methodist Church
  • Ordination services will be held regionally in three locations. The times, dates and locations will be finalized later in the summer.
Appointment changes and retirements will still be effective July 1. The appointment book is posted at wpaumc.org/AC.

Reports and legislation that will come before the Annual Conference also are posted at wpaumc.org/AC. Note in the reports that the 2021 session of the Annual Conference also will be held at the Bayfront Convention Center.

As more decisions are made, additional information will be posted on the Annual Conference webpage and included in the weekly Conference e-newsletter. A list of Frequently Asked Questions with answers is also available and will be updated.

Clergy and voting members will be notified when registration opens for the Clergy Session and the one-day Annual Conference session. Efforts were being made to arrange blocks of hotel rooms at reduced rates for those who want to stay overnight at their own expense in Erie. 

District Conferences will be rescheduled, and Superintendents will announce dates, times and locations when arrangements are finalized.