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BISHOP MICHAEL MCKEE

Bishop Michael McKee is a native of Fort Worth, Texas. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin (1973), a Master of Theology from Perkins School of Theology of Southern Methodist University (1978) and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Texas Wesleyan University (2005). Additionally, Bishop McKee was honored in 2017 with the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Perkins.

He was ordained deacon in 1975 and ordained elder in 1979 in the Central Texas Annual Conference, where he served several churches, including most recently 15 years as the senior pastor of First UMC, Hurst.

He has held numerous offices including chair of the Board of Ordained Ministry and the Mid-Cities District Committee of Ordained Ministry. He was a delegate to three Jurisdictional Conferences and two General Conferences.

In 2012, McKee was elected to the episcopacy by the South Central Jurisdictional Conference and assigned to serve as the resident bishop of the Dallas Area effective September 1, 2012.

McKee is immediate past-president of the South Central Jurisdiction College of Bishops. He is president of the Board of the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) of the UMC. He serves on the Boards of Trustees of Southern Methodist University, Texas Methodist Foundation, Southwestern University, and Methodist Health System, Dallas and is chair of the Executive Board of Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.

Mike and Joan (Craig) McKee have been married since 1975 and have two adult children: Erin, who lives with her husband, Darin, and sons, Knox and Ford, in California; and Meredith, who lives in Dallas.


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Bishop Tracy Smith Malone
guest preacher

Bishop Tracy S. Malone was assigned to the East Ohio Conference of The United Methodist effective September 1, 2016. 

She was district superintendent of the Chicago Southern Region, and was dean of the Northern Illinois Conference Cabinet, when she was elected to the Episcopacy.  Prior to that appointment, Malone served several different churches, the last of which was Gary United Methodist Church in Wheaton, Ill., where she was senior pastor. 

She currently serves as president of the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women, and is a member of the Board of Trustees at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.  As resident bishop, she also serves on the Boards of Trustees at our United Methodist-affiliated colleges, seminaries and organizations in East Ohio.

Malone was elected to represent the Northern Illinois Conference as a delegate at General/Jurisdictional Conferences in 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016.  She was chairperson of the delegation in 2012, and served as chairperson of the Agenda and Calendar Committee in 2016.

During her ministry, Malone has taught courses as an adjunct professor at Aurora University and at Northern Baptist Seminary in Lombard, Illinois.  She has also published articles, blogs and book reviews, and has written chapters for several books. 

Malone has received the Distinguished Leadership Award from the Chicago Black Methodists for Church Renewal, and was the recipient of the North Central College’s 2013 Outstanding Alumni Award. Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Malone is the daughter of the late Rev. Willie and the late April Smith. She received her call to ministry at the early age of 13. 

Malone earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and Sociology, with a minor in Computer Science, from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. While in college she was the recipient of the Outstanding Major in Religious Studies award and also received the following honors: George M. Pullman Scholar, Clarence Stein Ministerial Scholar, United Methodist Bicentennial Scholar.

She has a Masters of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, where she was selected as a Crusade Scholar, Maceo D. Pembroke Scholar and a Bishop Edsel A. Ammons Scholar.

Malone earned a Doctorate of Ministry from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.  Her dissertation was entitled Evangelism: Reestablishing a Historical Understanding of Mission and Developing a Ministry that Partners Witness and Social Action. She and husband Derrick Malone are the parents of two daughters.


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Rev. Adam Hamilton
Keynote Speaker

Rev. Adam Hamilton is the founding pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City. The church began in 1990 with four people (Adam’s wife, LaVon and their two small children) and a dream of creating a congregation where thinking people – non-religious and nominally religious people – would become committed followers of Jesus Christ. In the years since, the church has become the largest United Methodist Church in the denomination with over 20,000 children, youth and adult members and an average weekend worship attendance of 10,000.

Hamilton is the author of 22 books published by Abingdon Press and Harper. His writings are known for helping readers to make sense of challenging theological questions, to explore the significance of the biblical stories, and equipping Christian leaders to be more effective in their work. His books have received numerous awards and have been used in over 20,000 mainline churches across the country.

Hamilton believes that vital mainline churches are key to reaching new generations of young adults who have been turned off by more fundamentalist expressions of the Christian faith. In the last eight years he has spoken to over 70,000 Christian leaders in 40 states on leadership and strategies for missional outreach. In 2012 he was asked by the White House to deliver the message at the National Prayer Service, a part of President Obama’s second inaugural activities.

Recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees, Hamilton earned his Master of Divinity Degree at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University where he received the B’nai B’rith Award in Social Ethics. He graduated with honors from Oral Roberts University with a degree in Pastoral Ministry.

Adam has been married to LaVon since 1982, and she has been a critical partner in every dimension of Adam’s work. They have two daughters and one granddaughter.


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Rev. Dr. Leanne Hadley
Keynote Speaker

The Rev. Dr. Leanne Hadley is an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church. She currently serves on staff at Christ Church UM in Louisville, Ky., and is the founder of A Time for Children, a three-pronged approach to strengthen the children, youth, family and intergenerational ministries within congregations.

She received her undergraduate degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and received her Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from United Theological Seminary.

Her model of God-Centered Spiritual Transformation is being implemented and used within congregations nationally and internationally. Her work, informed by the spiritual lives of children, challenges us to allow our children to lead us into deeper relationships with God.

Before coming to Christ Church, Dr. Hadley spent 25 years serving as the Minister to Families at First UMC, Colorado Springs. In addition, she founded First Steps Spirituality Center, a not-for-profit organization, where she provided spiritual care for hurting children and teens in her community at no cost.

As a result of her work, she has received numerous awards including the Dove of Peace Award from the Center for Christian-Jewish Dialogue, The Lohman Award from the Association of Colorado Lawyers and was named The Hero of Mental Health by AspenPoint Mental Health Alliance of Colorado.

Hadley is the author of several books. Her most recent are Touching Heaven: Real Stories of Children, Life and Eternity and Blessed to be a Blessing: Sacred Circle Time for Preschoolers.

To learn more about Leanne, please feel free to contact her at leannecaresaboutkids@gmail.com or visit her website, www.leanne-hadley.com.


Rev. DeAndre Johnson
Worship and music leader

Hailing from Shreveport, La., DeAndre Johnson received his bachelor of music in sacred music degree from Centenary College of Louisiana and master of sacred music degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He has worked in various churches in both Louisiana and Texas.

As an ordained deacon in the United Methodist Church, Johnson is passionate about facilitating meaningful worship experiences that are intentionally cross-cultural, calling the church into a deeper commitment to reconciliation. He is frequently invited to lead worship in various settings, offer consultations for churches and teach courses in worship leadership.

Johnson has served as worship coordinator for the Texas Annual Conference, worship leader for the 2013 General Board of Higher Education & Ministry (GBHEM) Exploration in Denver, music coordinator for the 2016 General Conference in Portland, and music coordinator for the 2016 World Methodist Conference in Houston. He has also served as chorus master for the Houston Ebony Opera Guild.

He and his wife, Kelsey, followed God’s leading to come to Westbury UMC, relocating their family from Bryan-College Station to Houston in early 2011. Together, they delight in their children, Natalie and Henry, and often take road trips to visit family.