Standing Committee Chairs

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Rev. Dr. Amelia Koh-Butler
Worship and Liturgy CommitteeThe Uniting Church in Australia

Ordained by the Uniting Church in Australia as a Minister of the Word, Amelia has served in Congregational, Synod and National roles over 25 years. Formerly an opera-singer, she turned to ethnomusicology to develop ecclesial missiology practice. Her research explored the relationship of story, song, and sacrament to grow mission communities. She did a B.Mus. and Grand Dip. at Sydney Conservatorium, Grand Music Studies at Guildhall School in London and Paris, Masters in Ministry at Charles Sturt University and a Doctor of Missiology at Fuller Theological Seminary.

With Australian-Chinese-Scottish roots, Amelia has worked in seven countries and speaks several languages. She serves as Executive Officer for Mission Resourcing for the Uniting Church in South Australia, with responsibilities for covenanting with Indigenous Peoples, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Mission-Ministry, Justice, International Mission and Intergenerational Discipleship.

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Rev. Dr. Tim Macquiban
Ecumenical Relationship CommitteThe Methodist Church in Britain

Tim is a British Methodist presbyter who presently serves as mission partner in pastoral charge of the Ponte Sant`Angelo (English speaking) Methodist Church in Rome where he is also Director of the Methodist Ecumenical Office in Rome.

He is Co-Chair of the WMC/Baptist World Alliance International Dialogue and a member of the European Methodist Council. He is past Vice President of the World Methodist Historical Society and the Charles Wesley Society and has taught in various UK, Italy, the US and other theological seminaries in his areas of church and Methodist history, worship, liturgy and spirituality, and social ethics.

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Dr. Amos Nascimento
EducationThe United Methodist Church / Methodist Church of Brazil

Amos Nascimento lived, studied, and worked in Argentina, Brazil, Germany, and the United States. As a lay leader, he has served Argentinean, Brazilian, German, and US American Methodist churches in various capacities, being now affiliated with the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church.

He has held several academic positions and is now associated with the Methodist University of Piracicaba (Brazil) and the University of Washington (USA). Dr. Nascimento authored and edited books and articles on various subjects, but he presently focuses on promoting Methodist education in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America

Rev. Dr. Reynaldo Leão Neto
Inter-Religious Relationships CommitteeThe Methodist Church in Britain

Reynaldo was born in Brazil. He started his ministry as a19 year old student and later moved to the UK to work with ecumenical and inter-faith relations.

He is now a Superintendent Minister in London. He got his PhD from the Centre for the Studies of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, Birmingham University. He was chairperson for 9 years of the Grassroots Interfaith Programme, Luton, UK. He is a member of the Brent Multi Faith Forum Steering Committee and was a member of the Methodist-Roman Catholic International Dialogue Commission for the last quinquennium. He is a Research Fellow, Queen’s College, Birmingham UK.

Bishop Chibuzo Raphael Opoko
Social and International Affairs CommitteeMethodist Church Nigeria

Chibuzo hails from Umuchi Nkata Ibeku, Abia State, Nigeria. He attended the Universities of Calabar, Reading, Manchester and London where he obtained an M.Sc Disability and Social Welfare;

He currently serves as Secretary of Conference, Methodist Church Nigeria, Member, Board of Trustees, Methodist Church Nigeria, Member, Board of Trustees, Wesley University Ondo; Social Welfare Officer, Welfare Institute Uzuakoli, Project Director, Leprosy Rehabilitation Centre Uzuakoli; Member, WCC Central, Executive and Steering Committees, Hon. Commissioner, WCC Commission of Churches in International Affairs (CCIA), Member WCC/UNICEF Core Group; Council Member WMC, Member, Nominations Committee, WMC; Attended Conferences of MC Zimbabwe, MC Britain, MC Ghana, and Swannick Conference; Delegate to 10th AACC Assembly, Uganda, 10th WCC Assembly, South Korea, and 20th WMC, South Africa. Attended Consultations on Persecution in (Albania); on Modern Day Slavery-Sri-Lanka, Film: Tool for Evangelism (Umuahia)

Ms. Ms. Lissa Belle Ramos Brown
Youth and Young Adult CommitteeIglesia Evangelica Metodista en las Islas Filipinas

Ms. Brown is the Vice Chairperson for the Youth of the National Council of Churches in the Philippines and serves as General Secretary for the Ecumenical Youth Council. She also served as Youth Representative to the IEMELIF Consistory of Elders and has held various roles in IEMELIF groups at the Local and District levels.

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Bishop Teresa Snorton
Family LifeChristian Methodist Episcopal, USA

Bishop Teresa Snorton is presiding bishop of the Fifth Episcopal District (Alabama/Florida), Ecumenical Officer/Endorser in the Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church.

She is President of Churches Uniting in Christ, Chair of the Pan-Methodist Commission, Chair of the Family Life Committee of the World Methodist Council, and a member of the Board of Directors of the World Methodist Evangelism, Inc.

She serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees of Miles College, a member of the Advisory Board for Candler School of Theology at Emory University, the Board of Trustees of the Interdenominational Theological Center and the Board of Trustees of the Phillips School of Theology.

Rev. Dr. Paul Swarup
Theological Education CommitteeThe Church of North India

Paul is the Presbyter in Charge of the Cathedral Church of the Redemption, Diocese of Delhi, of the Church of North India.

He holds a PhD in OT/ Dead Sea Scrolls from the University of Cambridge, UK. He is a member of the fifteen member International team of translators of the New International Version (NIV), the Committee of Bible Translation (CBT). He was one of the OT editors of the one volume South Asia Bible Commentary (SABC) recently released and has written the commentaries on Exodus, Proverbs, Jeremiah and Lamentations in it. He is married to Nina (Nalini) and they have one son Daniel who is fifteen now.

Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett
Evangelism CommitteeThe United Methodist Church USA

Debra Wallace-Padgett has served as bishop in the Birmingham area of the United Methodist Church since her election in 2012. Prior to then, she served in Kentucky for 29 years in various ministry roles, these include Board of Ministries; Local Pastors team chair, Methodist Homes Board chair, Kentucky Conference Education chair; Kentucky Episcopal Committee chair; Primary Task Team; Children and Poverty Board; General Commission on the Status and Role of Woman Board and the World Methodist Council.

Bishop Wallace-Padgett is a graduate of Berea College (BA), Scarritt College and Graduate School (MA), Lexington Theological Seminary (M.Div) and Asbury Theological Seminaries (D.Min). She and her husband, Reverend Lee Padgett, have two young adult children Leanndra and Andrew. Lee, a deacon in the United Methodist Church, serves as Executive Director of Sumatanga Camp and Conference Center.