Candidate Biography
 

    The Rev. Timothy L. Bias



    Peoria, IL


    Spouse: Kimberly Raynes


    Children: Son: Evan; Daughter: Emily;


    Grandchildren: Alexis and Aubrey

       
    Education and Honors:
    Education:
  • Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies Education, Marshall University, Huntington, WV - 1977;
  • Master of Divinity, Candler School of Theology, Emory
    University, Atlanta, GA - 1980;
  • Doctor of Ministry, United Theological Seminary. Dayton, OH - 1991;
  • Diversity Training - General Board of Discipleship;
  • Team Leader/Facilitator Training - General Board of Discipleship;
  • Identifying and Responding to Resistance - General Board of Discipleship;
  • Theory of Constraint Training - Chesapeake Consultants;
  • Product Development - Vanderbilt University

    Publications, Awards and Honors:
  • Author of two books: Emmanuel! Celebrating God’s Presence With Us, Discipleship Resources, Nashville, TN, 1998; The Key Event Celebration: A Guidebook for Leaders, Discipleship Resources, Nashville, TN, 1998;
    Most recent articles:
  • Upper Room Disciplines - 2008 and 2001;
  • Circuit Rider - 2001;
  • Faith-Sharing Initiative material - 1998;
  • Development of Witness, General Board of Discipleship - 1998-1999;
  • Numerous articles for various publications (Interpreter, Offering Christ Today, West Virginia United Methodist);
  • Writer of 30-second television spots and 60-second radio spots for faith/church promotion;
  • Denman Award for Excellence in Evangelism, West Virginia Conference - 1992;
  • Community Service Award - Randolph County Board of Education - 1988;
  • Pastor of the Church of Year in West Virginia, Otterbein - 1987;
  • Coordinator of the Cooperative Parish of the Year, St. Albans Parish - 1984;
  • Outstanding Young Men of America - 1977
  • Ministry:
    Current Appointment
  • First United Methodist Church, Peoria, Illinois

    Previous Appointments
  • 1999-Present - Directing Pastor, First Church, Peoria, IL - Illinois Great Rivers
  • 1995-1999 - Director of Evangelism Ministries, General Board of Discipleship, Nashville, TN
  • 1988-1995 - Senior Pastor, Duff Street, Clarksburg, WV - West Virginia
  • 1984-1988 - Pastor, Otterbein/Phillips Chapel, Elkins, WV - West Virginia
  • 1980-1984 - Pastor, Humphrey’s Memorial, Tornado, WV - West Virginia
  • 1978-1980 - Student Associate, Jones Memorial, Forest Park, GA - North Georgia
  • 1974-1978 - Pastor, Buffalo/Midway, Buffalo, WV - West Virginia
  • Membership:
  • Illinois Great Rivers Annual Conference

    Connectional and ecumenical church experiences:
  • 2008 and 2008 - Delegate to General and Jurisdictional Conference (chair);
  • 2007 - Retreat Leader for the Chinese United Methodist Church/Northeastern Jurisdiction;
  • 2006 - Conference School of Christian Mission (Shalom, Salaam, Peace);
  • 2006 - Preacher for Ordination Service, Liberia Annual
    Conference;
  • 2005-present - General Board of Global Ministries (Director):
  • 2005 - Retreat Leader for Spiritual Growth Retreat for the United Methodist Women, West Virginia;
  • 2005 - Retreat Leader for Liberia Conference District Superintendents;
  • 2000-Present - Board of Ordained Ministry, Illinois Great
    Rivers (Team Leader - Effectiveness Review Team);
  • 2000- 2006 - License to Preach School, Illinois Great Rivers;
  • 1996-Present - Large Church Initiative Committee;
  • 1991- Present - Appalachian Local Pastor’s School, Instructor;
  • 1996-1997 - Adjunct at Saint Paul’s School of Theology;
  • 1996 - Led Bible Study for Southeastern Regional School of Christian Mission;
  • 1996-1999 - Board of Discipleship, West Virginia;
  • 1988-995 - Annual Conference Program Committee, West Virginia;
  • 1980-1988 - Equitable Salaries Commission, West Virginia (Served as Chair 1984-1988);
  • 1980-1984 - Board of Higher Education and Ministry, West Virginia;
  • 1991 - Retreat/Resource Leader for Spiritual Growth Retreat for the United Methodist Women, West Virginia;
  • 1985-1988 - Youth Congress - Summer Youth Celebration, West Virginia (Served as Dean 1985-1988);
  • 1985-1992 - License to Preach School, West Virginia;
  • 1996 and 1991 - World Methodist Evangelism Institute, First and Second Appalachian Regional Seminars;
  • 1986 - World Methodist Evangelism Institute, West African Regional Seminar, Accra, Ghana;
  • 1984 - World Methodist Evangelism Institute, North American Regional Seminar, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia;
  • 1972 - Youth Representative to General Conference, West Virginia.
    Community Service:
  • Community Ministries of First United Methodist Church, Peoria, Illinois;
  • Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors, Peoria Tri-County Area;
  • Goodwill Industries Board of Directors, Peoria Tri-County Area;
  • Member, Peoria Downtown Rotary Club;
  • Chaplain, Smyrna City Police Department, Smyrna, TN;
  • Harrison County Human Rights Commission, Clarksburg, WV;
  • Board of Directors of Harrison County YMCA, Clarksburg, WV;
  • Mayor’s Task Force on the Homeless in Elkins, Elkins, WV;
  • Board of Directors of Randolph County United Way, Elkins, WV;
  • Chaplain of the West Virginia Children’s Home, Elkins, WV
  • Office:
    116 NE Perry Ave
    Peoria, IL 61603
    Phone: (309) 673-3641
    Endorsed by:
    Illinois Great Rivers Delegation
    Illinois Great Rivers Conference

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