Oklahoma United Methodist Conference reappoints bishop

The Rev. Robert Hayes Jr. was reappointed to serve as bishop of the Oklahoma United Methodist Conference and the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference during a regional conference held Wednesday through Saturday in Oklahoma City.
by Carla Hinton Published: July 22, 2012

Oklahoma's United Methodist bishop was reappointed to lead the state's Methodist congregations for another four years.

The announcement about the reappointment of the Rev. Robert E. Hayes Jr. was made late Friday at a regional United Methodist gathering at the Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City.

About 600 United Methodists met Wednesday through Saturday as part of the South Central Jurisdictional Conference meeting. The conference is one of five geographic regions of the United Methodist Church and includes denominational conference bodies in Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Kansas, New Mexico, Nebraska and Missouri.

Hayes has been bishop of the Oklahoma United Methodist Conference and Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference for eight years. Holly McCray, an Oklahoma conference spokeswoman, said United Methodist bishops serve four-year terms and typically serve about eight years per assignment over the course of their careers as bishops.

The Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church includes 525 churches, representing about 235,000 members, and the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference includes about 84 churches, representing about 6,000 members.

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by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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