Equalization Information

Each charge receives one lay member to Annual Conference.  

A charge served by more than one clergyperson is assigned an additional lay member for each additional appointed clergy.  Persons appointed to a charge who are from another annual conference, another denomination, are supervised and/or certified laypersons, or who are Temporary Pulpit Supply are not considered clergy for purposes of equalization and will not be in the total clergy count for that charge.  

The Lay Leadership List includes laypersons who are in specified conference leadership positions. These persons are automatically equalization members and should not be elected to represent their local charge or their district.  

Each district is assigned 24 at large members for the 2023 Annual Conference Session. 

In addition, each district is assigned 

  • two young adult members (age 18 - 30) 
  • and two youth members (high school age)

Charges receiving equalization members are in boldface font on the list.  

If you have questions, please contact the conference secretary, Nitza Dovenspike, at

Equalization Numbers 

Total clergy



Lay members from local churches


Lay leadership from boards, committees, agencies



Equalization members 245


District at large (24 for each of the five districts)


Equalization for churches


Total lay members