Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

Letter from Bishop Nunn on new Episcopal assignments


Greetings in the Name of Jesus Christ!
Last week, the South Central Jurisdiction released new assignments for bishops.  The timing of the new assignments is unusual because of the fact that neither General nor Jurisdictional Conferences have been able to meet at their original dates in 2020.  The postponement of these conferences has impacted the retirement, election, and assignment of bishops in the Jurisdiction. 
Effective January 1, 2022, the Council of Bishops has assigned me to cover the Northwest Texas Conference in addition to the Oklahoma Area.  My responsibilities will increase from two to three conferences.  Additional changes in the South Central Jurisdiction include the assignments of Bishop Schnase to cover Rio Texas and New Mexico, and Bishop Saenz to cover both Great Plains and Central Texas. 
What effects will this change have on the Oklahoma Conference?
The Oklahoma Conference is blessed with excellent leadership.  The leaders already in place will continue their work.  I expect little change in my availability to the conference executive staff and the cabinet.  
The major changes include more restrictions on my calendar and an increase in the number of my direct reports from fifteen in the two conferences to twenty-one in the three conferences. 
What will not change due to this assignment?
There will be no changes to the conference boundaries, offices, cabinets, or structures of any of the conferences.  I will continue to meet with the executive staff, full and appointive cabinets, and the committees, commissions, and boards I currently serve. 
There are no plans to merge the conferences. 
I will continue to work through the Zoom platform, in addition to face to face meetings. 
The assignment will be in effect until new assignments are made at the next Jurisdictional Conference, currently scheduled for November 2-4, 2022.  At that time, the normal cycle of electing, assigning, and retiring bishops will be done. 
I count it a privilege to serve the Oklahoma Area and the Oklahoma Conference.  Thank you for your prayer, encouragement, and support.
May God bless you.
James Nunn


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