INDIANAPOLIS – The members of the Indiana Conference Delegation to the 2020 General and Jurisdictional Conferences met on January 11, 2020, and are excited and pleased to announce the Rev. Dr. Aleze M. Fulbright as their episcopal nominee for the North Central Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church.

Fulbright, an ordained Elder in The United Methodist Church, is committed to the mission, vision, and ministry of The Church. An adaptive leader, with a broad background, possessing a strong passion in striving for excellence, and creating sustainable systems and structures, she is a person of conviction in living a personal mission to encourage, equip, and empower people to live on purpose through their God-giveness.

Rev. Russ Abel, Superintendent of the East District and Chairperson of the 2020 Delegation, shared, “I am excited and blessed to celebrate our delegation’s endorsement of Dr. Aleze Fulbright.”

He continued, “Aleze is the type of leader needed in this moment, for a time such as this, in The United Methodist Church. Her visionary leadership and deep faith will help us all move forward in the mission. Our delegation, in their 68% majority support of her endorsement, saw in her what I see in her, hopeful leadership for a hopeful future in the Church.”

“I am thankful for the work of our Indiana Conference Delegation in creating a process to examine and endorse the Conference’s nominee for the Episcopacy. And I will be in prayer for Dr. Fulbright and the other nominees around our Connection throughout this process,” noted Bishop Julius C. Trimble, Resident Bishop of the Indiana Conference.

Fulbright currently serves as the Superintendent of the Central District, which extends across six counties in Central Indiana, including the complexities of cities such as Indianapolis and towns such as Amo, and the vastness of diversity within the district’s 110 congregations. Previously, she served as the Conference (District) Superintendent of the East District, Director of Leadership Development for the Indiana Annual Conference, Associate Director for the Center of Leadership Development in the North Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church, Associate Pastor of First United Methodist Church Commerce, and Campus Minister of Wesleyan Campus Ministries at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Before accepting the call to full-time vocational ministry, she was an accountant for ten years and served corporations and non-profits in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, including the post of Assistant Controller of the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, Inc.

The 2020 North Central Jurisdictional Conference is set for July 15-17 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. More information about the North Central Jurisdictional Conference can be found at

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