Candidate Biography
 

    The Rev. W. Earl Bledsoe



    College Station, TX


    Born:
    August 19, 1950

    Leslie Jean (Bray)

    Children: 5 adult Children - Gregory Earl Bledsoe, Erika Williams, Felicia Renee Moran, Roderick Bledsoe, Erik Williams

    At home - One 18 year old (Letitia Gail Bledsoe)
       
    Education and Honors:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree (1982) West Texas State University, Canyon, Texas majored in English with minor in Spanish.

    Master of Divinity Degree (1985) Perkins School of Theology (SMU), Dallas, Texas. Benjamin E. Mays Scholar, Hebrew and Greek scholar.

    Doctor of Ministry Degree (1991)Drew University, Madison, New Jersey "Equipping Christian Educators to Respond to the Needs of At-Risk Inner city Teenagers"
    Ministry:
    2002 - Present: District Superintendent (Bryan/West District) 88 congregations spread across a large geographical area, of which 60% are small membership and 29 are African American.

    2000 - 2002: Spring Woods UMC (Houston, Texas) Received 180 new members of whom 50 were received on profession of faith. Membership (1950) and worship attendance (650) held despite both a fire that totally destroyed the sanctuary and the previous pastor who surrendered credentials under complaint. Rebuilt a $1.5 million sanctuary, which included a new a state of the art “Multimedia Center. Maintained operating budget at $1.2 million, and paid 100% apportionments for both years.

    1993 - 2000: Cypress UMC (Cypress, Texas) Church membership increased from 1400 to over 2000 during my seven year tenure. Brought healing to a troubled congregation after the surrender of credentials of the previous pastor. Received over 800 new members, 384 of whom were received on Profession of Faith. Developed a five year apportionment plan which resulted in 100% payout. Partnered with an inner city African American congregation (Mallilieu UMC) for ministry and facility expansion. Developed and implemented a multi-million dollar land purchase and capital expansion plan, which positioned the church today for continued growth and ministry development.

    1990 - 1993: Director of Teaching Ministries (Texas Conference) Set up the first Office of Teaching Ministries for the Texas Annual Conference. Brought the first Conference-wide Disciple Bible Training to the conference. Assisted many congregations to develop Book Table Ministries.

    1986 - 1990: Bear Creek UMC (Houston, Texas) Served as Senior Associate pastor in charge of program and program staff. Served on pastoral team that helped grow the membership from 2300 to over 3300 during my four year tenure. Served as team leader for program and worship. Increased worship attendance from just over 900 to over 1000. Bear Creek UMC did not pay 100% of its apportionments.

    1985 - 1986 Pastor of Hanham Methodist Church, Hanham, Bristol England.

    1981 - 1985: Seminary, served part time as Assistant pastor at St. Andrews UMC in Ft. Worth, Texas assisting Dr. Erik Purnell.

    1974 - 1981: Part-time local pastor of Wyatt Memorial UMC, Amarillo, Texas (Northwest Texas Conference) and Anahuac Circuit, Anahuac, Texas (Texas Conference)
    Membership:
    2004 to present, Jurisdictional Member of the Connectional Table, serving on planning and advisory team, team leader for CT Joint Budgeting process with GCFA, and member of the search committee to fill the position of Executive Secretary.

    2004 Jurisdictional Episcopacy Committee. Represented the Texas Conference delegation in seeking and securing the assignment of Janice Riggle-Huie as Bishop of the Texas Conference.

    2004 General Conference Delegate. Served on General Administration legislative committee that disbanded the General Council on Ministry and helped to bring and pass legislation for the new Connection Table of the United Methodist Church. Elected Chair of Reference Committee for a second time.

    2000 General Conference Delegate. Served on Judicial Administration legislative committee and help develop the process to provide recourse to the church in matters related to pastoral misconduct. Elected Chair of the Reference Committee which restructured the petition referral process at General Conference.

    1996 General Conference Delegate. Served on the Higher Education and Ministry Legislative Committee. Elected Vice Chair of committee and helped bring legislation to the floor to pass the Ministry Study.

    1992 General Conference Delegate. Served on the Global Ministries Legislative Committee. Made motion on floor of General Conference that passed the National Hispanic Plan.
    Other:
    Board Leadership Positions Held:
  • Chair, Conference Board of Ordained Ministry
  • President, Conference Council on Finance and Administration
  • Chair, Houston Board of Missions Revitalization Committee
  • Chair, Texas Methodist Foundation Board (Austin, Texas)
  • Chair, Gulfside Long Range Planning Team - built the new Norris Hall (Waveland, MS.)
  • Dean of the Cabinet
    Other Areas of Service:
  • Board of Trustees, Methodist Hospital System, Houston, Texas
  • Board of Trustees, Lon Morris College, Jacksonville, Texas
  • Board of Trustees, Methodist Retirement Services, The Woodlands, Texas
  • Executive Board, Perkins School of Theology, SMU
    * United Negro College Fund Campaign Committee
    * Access to Equal Justice Board (Supreme Count appointee)
    * YMCA
  • Office:
    WEST DISTRICT
    526 University Dr East Building C
    College Station, TX 77840
    Phone: (979) 696-8962
    Fax: (979) 764-1428
    Email: pwright@west-district.org
    Endorsed by:
    Texas Conference and Black Methodists for Church Renewal (BMCR)

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