The first balloting result from the 2016 episcopal election in the Western Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church was shared today with Rev. Dr. Dottie Escobedo-Frank, current Dean of the Cabinet and South District Superintendent in the Desert Southwest Conference, among the top three candidates! One vote is all that separated the second and third place candidates. She was only 10 votes away from coming in first place.
Who is Rev. Dr. Dottie Escobedo-Frank?
According to the episcopal candidate profile posted on the Western Jurisdictional Conference website, Dottie is a Hispanic/Latina that has been a probationary member since 1996 and in full membership since July 2000.
More than that, she’s been on the leading edge of church transformation and restarts. Dottie is a speaker, writer, a community leader, a District Superintendent, and the Dean of Cabinet of the Desert Southwest Conference. According to her blog at https://dottiesdialog.com,
“Dottie believes we are living in a time of epochal change, which requires the church find sacred ways to die in order to be reborn.”
Her thoughts around worship development were captured in a recent video project for the Desert Southwest Conference’s strategic direction implementation.
A second round of voting will take place tonight during the 8:00 p.m. plenary session. Click here to watch the live stream session.