As the Thursday evening session of the 2012 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference concluded, the SEJ Committee on Episcopacy announced the Episcopal assignments for the Southeastern Jurisdiction for the 2012-16 quadrennium.
The announcement included that Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett will be the new Bishop of the North Alabama Conference.
Below is the complete list of SEJ Episcopal Assignments:
The Bishops will begin their new assignments on Sept. 1, 2012.
Rev. Dr. Debra Wallace-Padgett was elected to the Episcopacy by the 2012 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference.
At the time of her election she is serving as Lead Pastor of St. Luke UMC, Lexington. Wallace-Padgett has been in her current appointment for eight years. During her tenure St. Luke has grown in membership and worship attendance, strengthened its infrastructure, built a Ministry Life Center and launched a multi-cultural worship service.
Her previous service to the church includes six years as District Superintendent of the Prestonsburg District, with two years as Dean of the Cabinet. Additionally she has served in a variety of roles in the Kentucky Conference as well as on the Jurisdictional and General Conference levels. These include Board of Ministries; District Committee On Ministries/Local Pastors team chair; Methodist Home Board chair; Kentucky Conference Education chair; Kentucky Episcopacy Committee chair; Primary Task Team; Children and Poverty Board; SEJ Episcopacy Committee member; GCSRW Board, (2004-20012); World Methodist Council; General Conference and SEJ delegate (2000, 2004, 2008). Wallace-Padgett was the first clergy elected in 2008 and in 2012.
Prior to election as Bishop, she noted the following five disciplines, which are the framework of her understanding of servant leadership, which form the core of her spiritual architecture and the heart of her ministry.
Wallace-Padgett is a graduate of Berea College (B.A. in Physical Education), Scarritt College and Graduate School (M.A. in Christian Education), Lexington Theological Seminary (M. Div.) and Asbury Theological Seminary (D. Min).
She is married to Rev. Lee Padgett, a deacon in the United Methodist Church who serves as Executive Director of Aldersgate Camp and Retreat Center. They have two children, Leanndra (20) and Andrew (17). Wallace-Padgett, is the daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Frank Wallace. Reverend Wallace is a United Methodist elder.
Deborah Wallace-Padgett elected a bishop of The United Methodist Church by Cathy L. Bruce