The Wesleyan Covenant Association is excited to announce that the Rev. Dr. Leah Hidde-Gregory will speak at its Third Global Gathering at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in Marietta, Georgia on Saturday, November 3, 2018.
“Dr. Leah Hidde-Gregory is an outstanding servant of the Lord Jesus Christ!” said Bishop Mike Lowry of the Fort Worth Episcopal Area. “During her brief time in ordained ministry Leah has served with phenomenal distinction both as a pastor and district superintendent. I am both honored and blessed to have her as the dean of the Central Texas Annual Conference Cabinet! She not only brings a stellar track record of growing the local churches she has served, her great affection for the small church is infectious. She also possesses a phenomenal commitment to local missions – especially ministry to the poor – and has developed laity for positions of leadership at every turn.”
Hidde-Gregory’s address, “Unashamed of Christ and His Claims,” is part of the Gathering’s “Unashamed!” theme. The event is expected to attract thousands of United Methodists across the connection.
A dedicated laywoman in the Oklahoma Annual Conference and an operations manager for a career-consulting firm, Hidde-Gregory followed a call into the ministry. She served for eight years as a licensed local pastor (going to school on what she affectionately calls the “Mama Track”), and in 2013 she was ordained an elder in Central Texas Annual Conference. The conference presented her with the Harry Denman Evangelism Award in 2010.
“Dr. Gregory has a deep heart for the small church and a passion for sharing the Christian faith,” said Bishop Lowry. “Attendance has doubled and tripled at churches she has served. During her brief pastoral tenure, she received more than 200 people on profession of faith, most of which were transformational adult professions.”
After securing her Masters of Divinity at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, Hidde-Gregory received a Doctorate of Ministry in Church Leadership Excellence from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C. In addition to serving local churches in the Central Texas Annual Conference she also served in the North Texas Annual Conference.
“One of the great privileges of serving as the WCA’s president is the opportunity to meet so many faithful, dedicated, and talented laity and clergy,” said the Rev. Keith Boyette. “Leah’s passion for sharing the Gospel, her contagious spirit, and her sincere belief that every local church can be a beacon for the poor, the lost, and the lonely deeply impressed me. We are honored she accepted our invitation to speak at our Global Gathering.”
Dr. Hidde-Gregory is married to Stan, and they have three children, Maddie, Caroline, and Will. She lives in Woodway, Texas.