Annual Conference 2020

June 5-6, 2020

Each year clergy and lay members and other interested persons attend their conference’s annual conference session for worship, fellowship, and to conduct the business of the conference. These sessions include training opportunities, reports of past and ongoing work; adoption of future goals, ministries, and budgets; ordination of clergy members as elders; and election of delegates to General Conferences (every four years). The bishop presides over these meetings.






Bishop Linda Adams

Bishop Linda Adams

In July 2019, Rev. D. Linda Adams was elected as the first female bishop in the 160-year history
of the Free Methodist Church USA. Her territory oversees the northern United States from
eastern Montana to West Virginia, as well as the Free Methodist work in all the countries in Latin
America that have not yet become General Conferences.

Prior to her election, Bishop Adams served the Free Methodist Church as Director of International
Child Care Ministries (ICCM) for eleven years. ICCM is a child sponsorship initiative serving
approximately 20,000 children in 33 countries around the world. Before taking up leadership of
ICCM, Bishop Adams served churches in Michigan, Illinois and New York. Bishop Adams is a
graduate of Spring Arbor University and earned her Master of Divinity (1991) and Doctor of
Ministry (2000) degrees from Asbury Theological Seminary.

Born in Ft. Wayne, IN, Supt. Mike Hopper accepted Christ as a child, and sensed a call to ministry while at Greenville College. As a teen, he participated in Bible Quizzing, and later served for 15 years as our denominational Bible Quiz Director. Following graduation from Greenville College and Asbury Theological Seminary, he pastored Free Methodist churches in Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, and Minnesota. In addition, he has been a law enforcement chaplain. 
Mike and his wife Janet (also an ordained elder) have been married for 36 years and have three children and two grandchildren. In his free time, Mike enjoys swimming, cheering on the Minnesota Vikings, and spending time with his family. Mike has a shepherd’s heart and administrative gift and enjoys serving God with the North Central Conference team.  Mike has served as superintendent for four years.

Superintendent Mike Hopper Rev. Janet Hopper

Supt. Mike Hopper
Rev. Janet Hopper

Al Mellinger

Al Mellinger



The Mellingers serve as regional leaders in the Balkans. They oversee the work of Team Balkans which includes the Light and Life FMC in Bulgaria. The Anagenesis Foundation International Fellowship of St. John, and New Start LLC (a company of creative livelyhood groups and micro enterprise businesses). Team Balkans consists of three additional missionary families and many nationals. The Team is developing a holistic approach to ministry that includes the spiritual, educational, economic, and social programs that work together to serve people. Currently, the work is in Bulgaria and Macedonia with contacts in Serbia, Romania, and Albania.




Thursday June 4
3:00 PM    Early Registration    

3:00 PM SMEG/MAC Board Meeting

5:30 PM    Dinner


7:30 PM Ice Cream Social for

Pastoral Families

Friday, June 5
7:30 AM    Pre-Conference Prayer
(East Room)   
8:00 AM    Breakfast    
8:00 AM    Registration     

9:00 AM    Welcome & Worship    
9:20 AM   Morning Address Bishop Linda Adams
10:00 AM    NCC Business

11:00 Break

11:15 AM Call Back to Order
11:50 AM Group Photo
Noon        Lunch
1:00 PM    Worship    
        1:15 PM Conference Business
3:30 PM Break
3:45 PM Breakout Sessions

4:45 PM    Dinner    

6:00 PM    Ordination Service
(Marquette Church)
7:30 PM    Ordination Reception
(Chapel Rec)    

Saturday, June 6 - Tentative

7:30 AM    Pre-Conference Prayer
(East Room)    
8:00 AM    Breakfast    

9:00 AM    Worship   
9:20 AM Morning Message - Bishop Linda Adams
10:00 AM    NCC Business,

10:27 AM - Break


        11:25 AM Bishop Reads the Pastoral Appointments    

Noon        Lunch    




Annual Conference 2019