The Wesleyan Covenant Association is thrilled to announce that the Rev. Kenneth Levingston, Senior Pastor at Jones Memorial United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas, will preach a closing sermon at its Fourth Global Gathering at Asbury United Methodist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday, November 9, 2019.
“You don’t want to be a speaker who has to follow Kenneth Levingston,” said the Rev. Rob Renfroe, President of Good News Magazine and Pastor of Discipleship at The Woodlands United Methodist Church in The Woodlands, Texas. “Kenneth has that unique ability to proclaim the Gospel so that it is simultaneously convicting and hopeful. He declares the hard and challenging truths of God’s word, and yet leaves you wanting to hear more, and wanting to grow closer to Jesus. I never miss an opportunity to hear him preach. He inevitably has people on their feet by the end of his sermons!”
Levingston’s presentation, “A Dead World Requires a Resurrection,” is part of the Gathering’s “Transformed” theme. The event is expected to attract thousands of United Methodists across the connection.
An elder in the Texas Annual Conference for over 30 years, Levingston has pastored congregations in rural, urban, suburban, and multicultural settings. He has represented the Texas Annual Conference as a delegate to three General Conferences, and will do so again in 2020. A much sought after speaker, Levingston has made many presentations in annual conferences across the connection. He also appeared on a PBS news program about The United Methodist Church just prior to the 2016 General Conference.
“This is our fourth Global Gathering, and Kenneth Levingston will have will now addressed three of them,” said the Rev. Keith Boyette, President of the WCA. “He shares the Good News in such a winsome and infectious way, that you cannot help going back home wanting to become a more dedicated disciple of Jesus Christ. People love to hear him! And we’re very grateful he’s agreed to be with us once again.”
Levingston grew up in a small town in northern Louisiana. His mother moved him and his sister to the Fifth Ward, in Houston, when he was 12 years old. He is married to Shanda Kaye, and they have two adult daughters, Brittany and Ke’Andra.
To learn more about the conference visit Transformed online. People can register to attend the host site at Asbury UM Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, or a number of simulcast sites across the country.