By Jessica Brodie
FLORENCE—Annual Conference has approved the nomination of Dr. Tim McClendon—delegation chair, former Columbia District superintendent and current senior pastor of St. John’s UMC, Aiken—as South Carolina’s episcopal nominee.
The delegation had tapped him as their nominee months ago, and their selection got official approval of the full Annual Conference in Florence June 6.
“We’re going to Jurisdictional Conference behind Tim 100 percent,” said Lay Leader Barbara Ware. “Not been since 1992 have we had a nominee from South Carolina become bishop.”
After his approval, McClendon expressed deep appreciation to Annual Conference. “You have shaped me and made me who I am; you have made me better than I am,” McClendon said. “I’d be most happy to be here till I draw my last breath, but if God so chooses, I will serve and I will give it my all, and I thank you.”