2018 West Virginia Annual Conference
The conference choir is a mass choir that is open to members and visitors to Annual Conference.  The choir has an opportunity to sing a variety of music and lead worship.  Those who register online to sing in the Conference Choir will be contacted prior to Conference with further information.  It is helpful to register in advance, but drop-ins are also welcome.  Please bring a choir robe, if possible, and join this enthusiastic group in praising God!

Wednesday, June 6 :7:00-9:00pm  Rehearsal 

Thursday, June 7 
8:30 - 9:45 am Rehearsal 
12:30 -1:30 pm Rehearsal
1:30 pm Opening Worship
6:15 -7:15 pm  Rehearsal
7:30 pm Evening Worship

Friday, June 8
10:30 am Rehearsal 
11:00 am Memorial Service
1:00 -2:00 pm Rehearsal 
7:30 - 8:30 pm Rehearsal 

Saturday, June 9
1:00 - 2:00 pm Rehearsal 
6:15 - 7:30 pm Rehearsal 
7:30 pm Evening Worship

Sunday, June 10
8:00 - 9:15 am Rehearsal 
9:30 am Service of Commissioning and Ordination

Worship services for Annual Conference were designed by the conference worship team, led by Bishop Steiner Ball. 

 Opening Worship with Holy Communion will begin following the Call to Order on Thursday afternoon at 1:30 pm. We will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Uniting Conference (joining together the Evangelical United Brethren Church and the Methodist Church). Bishop Peter Weaver will be preaching. 

 Thursday evening’s 7:30 worship service will celebrate the answering of Wesley’s Historic Questions by those who are to be commissioned and ordained and the celebration of the work and ministries of those who are retiring from active clergy service.

 On Friday morning at 11:00, the conference will join with family members of our remembered faithful servants of the church during the Memorial Service. Bishop Steiner Ball will be our preacher.

 On Friday evening at 5:30 we join with the Buckhannon community in dinner on the lawn. A cook-out style meal will be provided (at no cost). During the meal time Junius Dotson will preach as we share in a “dinner service.” Special music will be shared. Please bring a lawn chair or a blanket for this dinner-worship time. (Tables and some chairs will be available.) The Ice Cream Social will follow. (This is a fund raiser for our Conference Council on Youth Ministry’s Youth Service Fund.)

 A time of worship in prayer will be our work during the Saturday evening worship time. God’s command to “pray without ceasing” is fundamental to our faithful discipleship. This service is an invitation to experience the presence of God in all of life.

 The Service of Ordination and Commissioning will begin at 9:30 am on Sunday morning in Wesley Chapel. Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball will be preaching. All clergy are expected to be in attendance. Clergy are invited to process into the service. 

Rev. Junius B. Dotson


Our guest preacher and teacher for Friday and Saturday of Annual Conference will be the Rev. Junius B. Dotson, General Secretary of Discipleship Ministries. Rev. Dotson will be sharing the Gospel message at our Community BBQ on Friday evening. We look forward as he leads us and the Wesleyan and Buckhannon community in worship and fellowship.

A recognized visionary leader in church revitalization, the Rev. Junius B. Dotson began his tenure as General Secretary (chief executive officer) of Discipleship Ministries on July 1, 2016. An agency of The United Methodist Church, Discipleship Ministries helps local church, district, and conference leaders fulfill the shared dream of making world-changing disciples. The agency connects leaders with needed resourcing, training, consulting, and networking that support spiritual formation, new church development, revitalization of local churches and materials for use in Central Conferences (United Methodist conferences outside of the United States). Discipleship Ministries has embarked upon integrated, strategic direction that serves the church with continuity, based upon basic values and mission.

Prior to his present position, Rev. Dotson was pastor of Saint Mark United Methodist Church in Wichita, Kansas, where he was instrumental in transforming the 3,500- member church into a multi-campus congregation. The church is also the host to the E.C. Tyree Health & Dental Clinic that provides affordable care to thousands of patients annually.

Rev. Dotson received his undergraduate degree in political science, with a concentration in economics, at the University of Texas at Arlington. While attending UT-Arlington, he was president of the local chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha, the nation’s oldest African-American fraternity.

Rev. Dotson began his graduate work at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and earned his Master of Divinity degree from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California. He was ordained in June 1992.

In 1996, Rev. Dotson responded to the challenge of planting Genesis United Methodist Church, a new and innovative church in the Silicon Valley of California, which grew into a diverse faith community of nearly 500 people.

As a leader who responds to challenges and opportunities in new and creative ways, Rev. Dotson believes that effective ministry is about training, developing, and empowering leaders to establish ministries that address the needs of the whole person – body, mind, and spirit.

Rev. Dotson’s unique innovations have generated a great deal of interest. His ministry has been featured in The San Jose Mercury News, The San Francisco Examiner, The Sacramento Bee, The Wichita Eagle, religious journals and segments on CBS Radio’s “The Osgood File,” as well as on ABC, NBC and CBS affiliates in San Francisco, San Jose and Wichita.

A dynamic preacher and public speaker, Rev. Dotson is highly respected for his ability to establish networks that get things done in the faith and larger communities.

Rev. Dotson served on the Board of Ordained Ministry and the Revitalization Taskforce of the Kansas West Conference (now part of the Great Plains Conference). He has served as facilitator for the Fitzgerald Program, a Discipleship Ministries program to equip pastors to begin start-up congregations. From 2009 to 2012, Rev. Dotson served on the Board of Directors of Discipleship Ministries where he was chair of the New Church Starts/Path1 division of the agency. Rev. Dotson also served on The Wichita Food Bank Executive Board, Wichita Children’s Home Board, W.G. Williams Community Foundation Board, Wichita Ministerial Alliance and as a three term appointee by the governor of Kansas to serve on the Kansas Sentencing Commission.

We welcome Rev. Dotson to the 2018 West Virginia Annual Conference!  


Bishop Peter David Weaver

Bishop Peter D. Weaver will be present with us for the 2018 Annual Conference Session and will be preaching for the Opening Worship Service. Bishop Weaver was once a student at West Virginia Wesleyan and served on the Board of Trustees. We are delighted to welcome him to his “home among the hills.” 

Born into a parsonage family in Greenville, Pennsylvania, he earned degrees from West Virginia Wesleyan (BA), Drew University (M.Div.) and Boston University (Th.D.). He has also received four honorary doctorates. From 1971-1996 he served three United Methodist churches in Pittsburgh, Pa., focusing on “making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world” through ministries with urban youth, university students, older adults, the homeless, industrial workers and corporate executives. He led weekly radio programs, was a founder of Bethlehem Haven community for women who are homeless, and the city-wide “One Voice Against Racism.”

In 1996 he was elected bishop in the Northeastern Jurisdiction. He served the Philadelphia Area (1996-2004) and Boston Area (2004-2012) helping to initiate over 40 new congregations and “Good Schools Pennsylvania,” for public education reform. While an active bishop, he served a term as President of the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church, which is the body of all bishops elected from around the world. In retirement, from 2012-2016, Bishop Weaver served in Washington, D.C., as Executive Secretary of the Council of Bishops. He participated in many community, church and ecumenical boards. He has been engaged in mission and preaching on five continents and taught in four Seminaries. He now serves as Bishop-in-Residence at Drew University Theological School.

Pete (as he prefers to be called) and his spouse, Linda, now live in Williamsburg, VA, and have eight grown daughters and thirteen grandchildren. Along with enjoying family, Pete plays the trombone, does woodworking, water sports, and helps in ministry with persons who are homeless.

His “life verse” is: “If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation!” (II Cor. 5:17)

We welcome Bishop Weaver among us as we gather at Annual Conference.


On Sunday morning, Sunday School classes begin at 8:15 a.m. Seats for the ordination service are reserved in the lower balcony for those who attend Sunday School.  There will be two classes:
  • International Bible Study: Led by Kim Matthews, CLM, Associate Director of the United Methodist Foundation and Western District Lay Leader
  • The second class will be an opportunity in Discipleship