The Commission on the General Conference has selected Dr. Marcia McFee of Truckee, California as worship and music director for The United Methodist Church's 2012 General Conference.
McFee is a well-known worship designer and leader with experience in music, theater, and dance who has taught workshops, preached, and led worship at numerous United Methodist gatherings.
She has designed the worship services for this year's California-Nevada Annual Conference Session, June 16-19, and will lead worship and teach two workshops for that gathering.
McFee served as worship and music co-director at the 2008 General Conference.
As 2012 worship and music director, McFee will be responsible for the overall worship and music program management at the 11-day event. She will oversee liturgy and music throughout the assembly, including inviting choirs and worship groups from across the church to participate.
"Dr. McFee will be directing a team of the very best in United Methodist worship artists from within and outside of the United States," says the Rev. Alan Morrison, business manager of the General Conference.
The Rev. David Lux of Lincoln, Nebraska, a member of the commission and the interview selection team, says that as co-director at the last General Conference, McFee worked with the Council of Bishops in developing a theme and a thread that ran throughout the conference. "She integrated the whole worship experience with the legislative experience and was very creative in doing that," Lux said.
"In 2008, we were able to offer worship that utilized the latest in worship arts and technologies combined with the time-honored traditions of sacramental practice and inspirational preaching. I intend to continue that direction with the help of an amazing community of worship artists that I am privileged to be but one part," says McFee. "While my 2008 co-director, Mark Miller, was not able to make the kind of time commitment necessary to direct this 2012 General Conference, he and others will be an integral part of the extended team that it takes to implement the kind of rich experiences that truly connect all members of the body with the Triune God at work in our midst."
McFee received a Master of Theological Studies degree at Saint Paul School of Theology, where she recently received the Outstanding Graduate Award from the Alumni Association. She earned a Ph.D. in Liturgical Studies at the Graduate Theological Union, with an allied field of Ethics. She has been a guest lecturer and adjunct faculty at nine seminaries, and served as the North Texas Conference (UMC) Consultant on Worship and the Arts.
About General Conference 2012
General Conference is the top policy-making body of The United Methodist Church. The 1000-member assembly meets once every four years to consider revisions to church law, as well as adopt resolutions on current moral, social, public policy, and economic issues. It also approves plans and budgets for churchwide programs for the next four years. The 2012 meeting will take place April 24-May 4 at the Tampa Convention Center.