Annual Conference 2021

 June 4-6th, 2021 - Much of the 2021 Iowa Annual Conference will be held virtually through the Zoom Webinar platform. 

Pre-Conference Manual - here

Zoom Pre - Conference Orientation sessions with practice voting

  • May 20, 2021
    • 7 – 9:00 p.m. 

Zoom Town Hall Meeting

  • Sunday, May 23, 2021  
    • 2:00 p.m

Zoom 2021 Iowa Annual Conference Session

Friday, June 4, 2021

  • 9:30 a.m. - Clergy Session 
  • 7:00 p.m.  - Laity Session 

Saturday, June 5, 2021 (updated 5/19/2021)

  • 9:00 a.m. - Call to Order
  • 9:01 a.m. - Opening Worship and Episcopal Address
  • 10:01 a.m. - Orientation and Instructions
  • 10:21 a.m. - Agenda/Enabling/Rules/Ratification of AC2020
  • 10:26 a.m. - Nominations Working Ballot
  • 10:31 a.m. - Break
  • 10:41 a.m. - Working Budget/Treasurer's Report
  • 11:01 a.m. - Bishop's Operational Team
  • 11:21 a.m. - General Legislation and Reports (Action Calendar)
  • 12:00 p.m. - Lunch Break
  • 1:00 p.m. - Iowa United Methodist Foundation
  • 1:10 p.m. - GC/JC Delegation Report
  • 1:30 p.m. - Ezekiel Team Report
  • 1:50 p.m. - Break
  • 2:00 p.m. - General Legislation and Reports
  • 4:55 p.m. - Monitoring Report
  • 5:00 p.m. - Evening Recess
  • Retirement Service Video - Rev. Julie Poulsen of Jefferson First United Methodist Church

    Rev. Julia EF Poulsen completes her 40 years of full-time service at Annual Conference, 2021. Ordained a Deacon in 1978, she attended Simpson College and Wesley Theological Seminary. She started ministry in 1981 and was ordained Elder in 1982. She served full-time at Newton St Luke, Marengo, Cedar Rapids New Creation (new church start), Washington, and Jefferson. Poulsen was a church camp attender since she was three years old with her parents, then as a youth, then a counselor, assistant director at the Exceptional persons camp, then a director of the Creative Arts Camp at Wesley Woods for six years. For 40 years, she has recruited kids to go to church camp. She has also been active with Walk to Emmaus and attended the Beeson Institute for Leadership Development, finishing it in 2002. She is married to Dennis AP Fox and has two children Isaac and James Fox-Poulsen. Her father, the late Rev. Dr. James V. Poulsen, served in the Annual Conference for over 40 years. Her mother, Marilyn Brubaker, has been an active lay member of the UMC throughout Iowa. At one time, Marilyn ran an Iowa Conference singles ministry for those over 50, including people from all over Iowa. 

    Poulsen and her husband, Dennis, bought a home in Ankeny for retirement.

Sunday, June 6, 2021

  • 1:00 p.m. - Devotions - Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Creation of the Order of Deacons
  • 1:15 p.m. - Antiracism Task Force
  • 1:45 p.m. - Board of Pensions 
  • 2:05 p.m. - General Legislation and Reports (CF&A Deadline 3:00 p.m.)
  • 3:00 p.m. - Break
  • 3:10 p.m. - General Legislation and Reports
  • 3:59 p.m. - Monitoring Report
  • 4:04 p.m. - Fixing of Appointments
  • 4:24 p.m. - Closed Churches
  • 4:44 p.m. - Nominations Final Ballot
  • 4:49 p.m. - Final Budget
  • 4:54 p.m. - Reconciling Motion
  • 4:55 p.m. - Thanks/Adjournment
  • 5:00 p.m. - Adjourned
  • Memorial Service Video - Rev. Dr. Michel Lundula from the United Methodist Church of Le Mars
    Rev. Dr. Michel O. Lundula: Originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rev. Lundula is currently serving at the United Methodist Church of Le Mars in the Northwest District of the Iowa Conference. He is also involved in the French Ministry of Sioux City and Le Mars. Before Le Mars, he served at Nashua United Methodist Church, Nashua, IA, The Republic Community Church, Ionia, IA, and St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Dubuque, IA. He is married to Berth Lundula who also serves as the pastor of Pierson and Meadow Star United Methodist Church. They have four children John, Nancy, Benjamin, and Lucie Lundula. Michel holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from Africa University, Mutare/Zimbabwe, a Master of Divinity, and a Doctor of Ministry from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, IL. He is also involved in higher education as an adjunct faculty at Morningside College, Sioux City, IA, and affiliated faculty at Sioux Fall Seminary, Sioux Falls, SD, and the Iowa Conference Licensing School for local pastors. He has a strong passion for cross-cultural/cross-racial ministry and an interest in global leadership.

Ordering of Ministry Service

  • Saturday, July 10, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.
    • Livestreamed event - more details will be released soon.
    • Ankeny First United Methodist Church Christian Life Center


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We hope to see you all in person for 2022.

2022 Annual Conference Session: June 3-5, 2022