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Join us in welcoming Bishop David Graves as he shares with us on Sunday, Oct 14.

Bishop David Graves’s passion is sharing Jesus, seeing the overlooked, joining God in transforming lives, and changing the world one person at a time. His study of leadership permeates all his work as a pastor, district superintendent and bishop. As a pastor, Bishop Graves led a small-membership church to become a medium-sized congregation and later a medium-sized church to become a large-membership congregation. He has a heart and hands for missions and has led several short-term (local, national, and international) mission teams. 

Bishop Graves previously served as the Senior Pastor of Church Street United Methodist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee. Prior to Church Street, he served six years as the district superintendent for the Kingsport District of the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church. In 2011 and 2012, he served as Dean of the Cabinet. He has been an ordained pastor in the United Methodist Church for over 27 years and previously served as Senior Pastor of Ooltewah United Methodist Church, a large-membership church in Chattanooga, Tennessee, for 11 years. He was on staff and was given his first appointment at Hixson United Methodist Church in the Chattanooga area where he served for 11 years.

Bishop Graves is a native of Knoxville, Tennessee, and graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, with a Master of Divinity.

Town hall Meeting with Bishop graves | Sun., Oct. 14 | 3:00 p.m. | Dauphin Way UMC

Bishop David Graves, the United Methodist Bishop of the Alabama West-Florida Conference will be hosting a town hall meeting in regards to the Called General Conference being held in February 2019 to discuss issues regarding human sexuality. The meeting will begin with a time of spiritual reflection and centering. A video will then be shared which highlights the specifics of each of the three proposed plans. There will then be a question/answer time with Bishop Graves moderated by the host district superintendent.

Credit: Photo by Luke Lucas, AWFUMC and bio taken for UMC.org - Courtesy of United Methodist Communications