1.25 CEU is granted by GCORR for those who attended Facing the Future 2018. Please submit a 1-page theological reflection of your learning and experience of Facing The Future 2018 CR/CC Conference by June 25th to agraham@gcorr.org.


A gathering of pastors serving in congregations different than themselves in race and culture to be re-tooled, equipped, and affirmed as they are sent to navigate in this troubled world.



Biblical and Theological Framework and Tools

Facing the Future 2018 is based on Matthew 14:22-34. Using scripture we learn how best to navigate the storms of ministry together.

Self-Reflection and Environment of Affirmation

We worship together and are present in spaces of self-reflection.

Peer-to-Peer Learning and Clergy Support System

Participants meet one another and build relationships to foster support and connection in ministry.

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Watch Bishop Harvey’s Sermon from #FTF2018

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Bishop Cynthia Harvey

Cynthia Fierro Harvey serves as bishop of the Louisiana Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, having been assigned there in September of 2012. The Louisiana Annual Conference is composed of 486 congregations and 118,725 members and includes the entire state of Louisiana. 

Under Bishop Harvey’s leadership, the Louisiana Annual Conference follows a mission and vision focus to: lead others to an abundant life in Christ; engage in the community; learn, live and tell the gospel story; and reach out and draw-in people from all walks of life resulting in vibrant, alive and vital congregations. The vision and mission are undergirded by Core Values: integrity, accountability, unrelenting love for all people, courage and risk, and holding nothing sacred but the mission. She continues to draw upon the vision and mission at every opportunity. 

She has challenged faith communities to look beyond themselves and to keep an eye focused on the edge where God is at work. Bishop Harvey also has a passion for young people as they lead the church into a future filled with possibilities.

In connection with her Episcopal assignment, she serves as the Secretary of the Council of Bishops, on the Boards of Trustees for Centenary College, Dillard University, and Southern Methodist University, and The Perkins School of Theology Executive Board.  Bishop Harvey is the Vice-Chair of the Commission on United Methodist Communications for The United Methodist Church.

She also serves as a board member of the United Methodist Foundation of Louisiana and the vice-chair of the Louisiana Interchurch Conference.

After graduating from the University of Texas in Austin in 1980, Bishop Harvey spent 12 years in the corporate world as a regional director of marketing for the Rouse Company, a shopping center developer with properties throughout the United States. She focused on properties in Texas, Colorado, Arkansas and Louisiana. 

Harvey went on to serve as associate pastor for The Foundry United Methodist Church in Houston from 1992-1996 and as executive pastor for Memorial Drive UMC in Houston from 1996-2008. She then moved to the position of Director of Missional Excellence for the Texas Annual Conference, serving from February of 2008-May 1, 2010.  Just prior to her election as a United Methodist bishop during the 2012 South Central Jurisdictional Conference, Harvey served as Deputy General Secretary for United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).

She is a graduate of Southern Methodist University, Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, where she earned a Masters of Divinity.

Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey was born on May 5, 1959 in Big Spring, Texas. She and her husband, Dean Alan Harvey, were married in 1981. Dean is a financial advisor and owns his own firm. Their daughter, Elizabeth Grace Harvey Reames is married to Tyler Reames and reside in Dallas.

Dean and Cynthia love good food. They love to cook, but can also give you recommendations for the best restaurants from Houston to Baton Rouge, and wherever their travels have taken them. Dean is an excellent chef while Cynthia is at his side as his sous chef (taking care of clean-up duty!). 

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Bishop Gregory Vaughn Palmer

Bishop Gregory Vaughn Palmer was assigned as Episcopal Leader of the Ohio West Area of The United Methodist Church on September 1, 2012.

Born and reared in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Bishop Palmer is a “child of the church,” the son of the Rev. and Mrs. Herbert E. and Charlotte Sue Hewitt Palmer. Bishop Palmer’s father is a retired United Methodist pastor; his mother (now deceased) was a school teacher in the Philadelphia Public School system. Rev. Herbert Palmer and his wife Peggy reside in Philadelphia.

Bishop Palmer received his undergraduate degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and the Masters of Divinity degree from Duke University Divinity School, Durham, North Carolina. Baldwin-Wallace College, Iowa Wesleyan College, Simpson College, Hood Theological Seminary and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary have all awarded him honorary degrees.

Ordained a deacon and probationary member in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference in 1977, Palmer was ordained an elder in full connection in the East Ohio Conference in 1981.

His pastoral career includes student pastorates in North Carolina and post-seminary appointments in the East Ohio Conference in Cleveland, Canton and Berea. Palmer also served as district superintendent of the Youngstown District of the East Ohio Conference.

In 2000, Palmer was elected to the episcopacy by the North Central Jurisdictional Conference. He was assigned to the Iowa Area where he served until assuming responsibilities in the Illinois Area in 2008. Bishop Palmer served as president of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry from 2004 to 2008 and president of the Council of Bishops from April 2008 to May 2010.

Bishop Palmer has been married to Cynthia for 41 years.  They are the parents of two adult children -- Monica, who is a High School Administrator in Charlotte, North Carolina and Aaron, who is a project manager for a multi-national company.

Mrs. Palmer is an honors graduate in religion of Duke University. She is a Senior Sales Director with Mary Kay Cosmetics. She has served as a Director of Christian Education and as staff of several Community Action Agencies focused on Welfare to Work projects. She is an outstanding student and teacher of the scriptures and has a strong interest in women’s leadership development.