The 29th General Conference convened in Jacksonville, Florida, July 27-29, 2022.
In Wednesday morning’s Opening Ceremonies, conference worship director Trés Ward led a choir and worship team assembled from around the denomination in focusing on Jesus’ lordship. In keeping with recent tradition, leaders from around the world carried the flags of more than 100 nations into the hall, as the congregation sang “Crown Him with Many Crowns.”
In his brief message, Presiding Bishop Doug Beacham focused on the humility of Jesus, especially the singular image of Jesus rising from the Last Supper table to wash the feet of his disciples. During Communion, two IPHC ministers, Femke Helland of the Netherlands and Khumo Dibetsoe of South Africa, illustrated the humility and grace of Jesus by washing one another’s feet. A painting commissioned from artist Jonathan Shirey, titled Jesus Rose, was displayed during the ceremony.
Following a day of vibrant discussion, the adoption of Article 1 of the Bylaws Committee's report on Thursday afternoon allowed elections to begin. The General Conference reelected Presiding Bishop A.D. Beacham, Jr., to serve another term as General Superintendent. Bishop Tommy McGhee was reelected Executive Director of Discipleship Ministries. Elections continued Friday morning with the election of Bishop Garry Bryant as Evangelism USA Executive Director. Bishop Talmadge Gardner was elected by acclamation as World Missions Executive Director.
A subsequent vote for corporate officers designated Bishop Gardner as vice-chairman, Bishop McGhee as secretary, and Bishop Bryant as treasurer.
Speakers for General Conference included Dr. Mark Rutland, founder of Global Servants; Bishop Valery Reshetinsky of IPHC Ukraine; Dr. Doug Small, president of Project Pray and the IPHC's prayer consultant; and General Superintendent Doug Beacham.
Daily minutes may be downloaded using the following links. (Friday's afternoon session has not been finalized.)