Rev. Ashley Meyer
, associate pastor at Cokesbury UMC
in Pensacola, FL, is serving as volunteer staff for the 2016 General Conference Secretary office. She also served in this capacity at GC 2012 in Tampa, FL.
This office is responsible for maintaining the official record of the daily proceedings, for collecting and processing the petitions submitted, for the appropriate referencing of the petitions to the legislative committees, and for a variety of other matters relating to the functioning of the General Conference. In addition to these responsibilities, Rev. Meyer has been tracking legislation, working on calendar items and readjusting based on plenary session outcomes. She commented, "It’s been an honor to serve our connection through this opportunity. The most important function of serving on the Secretary's staff is to ensure that delegates are equipped with whatever they might need to get their work done. I am amazed at how many people volunteer their time to be here, to help delegates learn the details of the legislative process (which can certainly be confusing!), and to be a calm and reassuring presence. The Secretary's staff is filled with faithful, diligent, caring servants of Christ. They are also quite funny, and function at impressively high levels in spite of significant sleep deprivation!" Photo by Luke Lucas, AWF