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2019 General Conference Delegation


Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
 
As co-chairs of the California-Nevada Conference Delegation, we want to thank you again for the confidence you have placed in our delegation to represent the conference at the special called General Conference 2019 in St. Louis, MO, February 23 to 26, 2019.
 
Our delegation has been meeting monthly to prepare ourselves for the GC since September of 2017. We have invited caucuses of our conference for conversations to hear their thoughts on the various plans submitted by the Commission on the Way Forward. We have shared information among ourselves as we participate in other gatherings around the country and in other parts of the world. We are going through all the petitions submitted in the Advance Daily Christian Advocate (ADCA) as carefully as we can. We have spoken at various gatherings – circuits, caucuses, and local churches – to share our thoughts about the GC and the various plans going before it.
 
In the coming weeks, we will be working with our bishop and the cabinet to make ourselves available to speak at district and other gatherings as appropriate. We are available to speak to any local church.

Please feel free to get in touch with any one of us. We love to hear from you. Most of all, please continue to pray for us as we seek God’s wisdom and guidance as we discern together a way forward for the unity of our Church – and to be the Church where all are welcome!
 
Blessings,
 
Jeffrey Kuan and Emily Allen
Co-chairs, California-Nevada Conference Delegation


 

Clergy Delegation


Jeffrey Kuan

Email: jkuan@cst.edu

The Rev. Dr. Kah-Jin Jeffrey Kuan is the 7th President and Professor of Hebrew Bible at Claremont School of Theology. He began his ministry serving as an associate pastor in Malaysia and was ordained an Elder of the California-Nevada Conference of The UMC in 2002. He is the first clergy delegate and head of delegation to the 2016 and 2019 General Conferences. He served as a director of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry from 2004 to 2012, and as the Vice President of the board and chair of the Division of Higher Education from 2008 to 2012. He currently serves on the University Senate of The United Methodist Church and chairs the Commission on Theological Education. As a theological educator, he is a strong proponent of religious pluralism and passionately committed to justice issues in the global and local contexts, especially for full inclusion for the church.

Greg Bergquist

Email: gbergquist@gbhem.org

The Rev. Greg Bergquist has been an ordained elder of The United Methodist Church since 1985, serving churches in Georgia, Texas, and California. As a pastoral leader in the California-Nevada Annual Conference since 1993, he has been appointed to two churches and the Cabinet, and served on the Board of Ordained Ministry in various positions for 16 years. He was also on faculty at the Pacific School of Religion, teaching in the areas of Historical Theology and Methodist Studies.  Greg is currently appointed to extension ministry at GBHEM. He has been a strong advocate for full inclusion his entire career.

Siosifa Hingano

Email: sifahingano@gmail.com

The Rev. Siosifa Hingano was born in Tonga and educated in Tonga and New Zealand. He received his L.Th from Melbourne College of Divinity, Australia and his S.Th from St.John Theological College, NZ. He was A.C.P.E. Ordained in 1983 in the NZ Methodist Church. In 1996 he came to the California-Nevada Annual Conference and transfered his membership here in 2000. He has been involved in many committees, including serving as a co-chair for the Order of Elders, chair of the Ethnic Committee, and member of the GCORR. He served as delegate to the Western Jurisdiction Conference and reserve delegate to the General Conference in 2016. Now serving at Laurel UMC, he is married to Mele. They have five children and 10 grandchildren.


First Reserve Clergy


Dale Weatherspoon

Email: pastordale316@gmail.com


Clergy Alternates


Felicisimo Cao

Email: felscao@att.net

The Rev. Dr. Fel Cao was baptized as an infant and confirmed in the Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines. His baptism was reaffirmed at Christmas Institute, United Methodist Youth Fellowship camp, in 1977. He received his M.Div. degree from Union Theological Seminary, Philippines in 1990 and received his D.Min. degree from Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley in 2003. He served as Chair of the Board of Ordained Ministry for four years; initiated and led the approval of the Policy on Inclusive Ordination; and served on BOOM for 12 years. Currently, he serves as Director of Camping and Retreat Ministries and Young People’s Ministry. He is a strong advocate for justice, peace, and human rights.

Elizabeth Brick

Email: revelizabethb@gmail.com 

Born and raised in Southern California, Rev. Elizabeth Brick attended Boston University School of Theology and was ordained in 1998. Over the years, she has demonstrated a passion for building inclusive, active, joyful church community. Elizabeth has also served in several leadership roles, including Chair of the Board of Ordained Ministry, in the California- Nevada Annual Conference. She is dedicated to serving God through service to and alongside others. She lives with her wife, Shari, and their two adorable cats.

Schuyler Rhodes

Email: schuylerr@calnevumc.org 

Bener Agtarap

Email: bagtarap@umcdiscipleship.org

Kathy La Point-Collup

Email: kflc@aol.com

The Rev. Kathy La Point-Collup was baptized in the Methodist Church as in infant. She received her M.Div. degree from Drew University Theological School and was ordained an Elder in the UMC in 1985. She currently serves as Co-Chair of the Order of Elders and is Senior Pastor at Asbury UMC in Livermore, CA. She is an advocate for welcoming all peoples into the church.

Myrna Bernadel-Huey

Email: pastor@fumcsl.org

A Haitian-American and life-long Methodist, Rev. E. Myrna Bernadel-Huey is in her 15th year as pastor of First UMC, San Leandro, California. Her family emigrated to the United States from Haiti when she was a child. She was ordained an Elder by the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference, and has served in appointments in and beyond the Local Church in Pennsylvania, Oregon, and California. She earned her Master of Divinity degree from the Boston University School of Theology, with a focus in Pastoral Counseling and Social Ethics. In her 30+ years of ministry, she has served on many Annual and General Conference boards and committees. Reflecting her personal journey, she has a passion for those who exist at society’s margins.

Motoe Yamada Foor

Email: motoeyamada@gmail.com

Born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, Rev. Motoe Yamada Foor is the senior pastor of the Sacramento Japanese UMC and Circuit Leader for Sacramento Pentecost Circuit. She served on various boards (World Council of Churches, National Council of Churches, and the National UMC Asian American Pacific Islander Clergywomen). Currently, she serves on the General Board of Discipleship Ministries and the Conference Committee on New and Vital Congregations. She has attended four General Conferences (2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016).

Lay Delegation


Emily Allen

Email: ladyemilybug@gmail.com

First elected lay delegate Emily Allen is a member of Palo Alto First UMC and director of communications at Los Altos UMC. She serves as the chair of the Mission and Evaluation Committee on the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women and secretary of the General Conference Committee on Agenda and Calendar. For the Western Jurisdiction, she serves on the Committee on Episcopacy and as chair of the Rules Committee. She is also the Agenda Chair for California-Nevada Annual Conference Session. Emily previously served terms as a director for UM Communications and for Young People's Ministries.

Burt Yin

Email: burtpyin@gmail.com

Randall Miller

Email: randall4015@hotmail.com

A longtime advocate for full inclusion, Dr. Randall Miller is the third lay delegate to General Conference. Randall has chaired the Western Jurisdictional Committee on Episcopacy as well as the Commission on the General Conference. He’s currently the Vice President of the General Board of Church and Society.


First Reserve Laity


Gayle Shearman

Email: gshearman@comcast.net


Lay Alternates


Mari Kawaguchi

Email: makawaguchi@icloud.com

Ruby Bago

Email: rubyat121@gmail.com

Katherine Kim

Email: Katherineokim@gmail.com

James Eychaner

Email: 1cor1221@gmail.com

Jim Eychaner is a lifelong Methodist whose education and work carried him to Methodist communities in eight states and four jurisdictions as well as Peace Corps service in Morocco. He has been Chair of Trustees at St. Mark's UMC (Sacramento, CA) for 12 years. His parents attended General Conferences in the 1980s in support of PFLAG and Reconciling Ministries.

Nina Klepac

Email: NinaK1914@gmail.com

Nina Marie Klepac is a lifelong Methodist, and served as a reserve lay delegate to the 2016 General Conference. Over the years she has served her church as Lay Member, Lay Leader, Chief Financial Officer, choir member, and as member and chair of SPRC and Nominations, along with other offices. She served the former San Jose District for eight years as District Lay Leader. In the District UMW, she served as Communications Chair, Treasurer, President, and member of Nominations. She has served as the Associate Director of the Council of Churches of Santa Clara County and was a member of the former Northern California Ecumenical Council. She was active in the Western Association of Ecumenical Staff and to a lesser extent in the National Council of Churches. She has represented the Council of Churches on the California and FEMA food and shelter board, the Affordable Housing Network, and others.