The United Methodist Church is a lot like Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, any secret trying to be kept will most undoubtedly get out and be amongst friends and colleagues before I have a chance to share with those I love most. (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone) So when I get a text from a pastor friend asking about my transfer paperwork, I know it’s time to let you in on what’s happening in my life.
I have submitted a request to the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church for a transfer of credentials as an ordained clergy person from another denomination. I received word from the Assistant to the Bishop, the Rev. Amy Coles that my paperwork has been received by my district.
I know this may come as a huge surprise to you betting folk who thought I’d end up a priest in the Episcopal Church. My love of liturgy has not changed. But my conviction that the Wesleyan way is the way for me is more solid than ever. There is something so convincing about the Wesleyan Movement that those who know me best (looking at you Nathan Kirkpatrick+) convinced me that this was a move worth exploring with the Board of Ordained Ministry. I’d like to thank my current pastor, Dr. Mary John Dye for her kindness, and my church, Broad Street UMC for their support all these years.
Nothing has been set in stone appointment-wise, and I will continue my work at Appalachian State on faculty for the foreseeable future. In January I hope to meet with the transfer/executive committee to prepare for this shift, and I ask for your prayers in that regard. Again, this is a brewing potion (See the above Harry Potter reference) that will take time.
May God, who inspired John and Charles a long time ago continue to inspire the people called Methodists. Thanks be to God. — The Reverend Robert W. Lee, IV