Candidate Biography

    The Rev. Cheryl Jefferson Bell

    Witchita, KS

    April 30, 1956

    Lisa (23)

    Keira (22)

    Creighton (19)

    Victoria (18)

    Education and Honors:
    1993 Masters of Divinity, Cum Laude
    Phillips Theological Seminary, Enid, Oklahoma
    Outstanding Achievement in Leadership and Ministry

    1980 Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, Co-operative Plan
    Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), Atlanta, GA

    1979 Bachelor of Arts, Mathematics
    Spelman College, Atlanta, GA
    2001-present District Superintendent, Kansas West Conference
  • Wichita East District (3 years: 49 churches, 68 clergy/DSAs)
  • Wichita District (3 years)
  • Salina District (1 year)
    1999-2001 Executive Minister/Director, United Methodist Urban Ministry (now United Methodist Open Door), Wichita, Kansas
    1995-1999 Pastor, Pretty Prairie & Murdock UMCs
  • Very successful cross racial/cultural appointment
  • Pretty Prairie won award for "Sunrise Congregation" from Kansas Area United Methodist Rural Fellowship
  • Worked with community to reclaim community care home
    1993-1995 Associate Pastor, Saint Mark UMC, Wichita, Kansas
  • First Appointed Associate for Saint Mark (08/15/05)
  • Home church since 1985
  • Membership:
  • Kansas West Annual Conference
  • 2008 General & Jurisdictional Conference Delegate
  • 2004 General & Jurisdictional Conference Delegate
  • South Central Jurisdictional Episcopacy Committee
  • Kansas Area Episcopacy Committee
  • 2001 Jurisdictional Conference & Alternate General Conference Delegate
  • Black Clergywomen of The United Methodist Church
  • National Black Methodist for Church Renewal -- Lifetime Harry Hossier Member
  • General Board of Higher Education & Ministry (GBHEM), 2004-present
  • GBHEM Investment Committee, 2005-present
  • GBHEM Evaluation & Review Team, Chair for Internal Team, 2007
  • Other:
  • Boeing, Military Division, Wichita, Kansas
    Systems Engineering, Lead Engineer 1985-1990
  • Mobil Exploration & Producing Services, Inc., Dallas, Texas
    Support Engineer 1980-1985
  • Presented White Paper on Membership in Response to Judicial Council Decision 1032 (available at )
  • Taught at 2 UMW Schools of Mission in Kansas West; 1 in North Texas
  • Kansas Health Foundation (2002-present)
  • GraceMed Health Clinic Board (2003-present)
  • Southwestern College Board of Trustees (2005-present)
  • Ex-officio on various Kansas West Committees
  • Recent Preaching Engagements:
  • Holland Preaching Series, 2006, Anthony, Kansas
  • Winfield Grandview Revival, 2007, Winfield Grandview, Kansas
  • Office:
    Wichita East District
    9440 E. Boston, Suite 140
    Wichita, Kansas, 67207-3600
    Endorsed by:
    Kansas West Conference,
    Kansas East Conference,
    SCJ Black Methodists for Church Renewal,
    SCJ Women`s Leadership Team,
    Black Clergywomen of SCJ,
    National Black Clergywomen of The UMC

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