Rev. Dr. Aleze Michelle Fulbright

My personal mission is to encourage, equip, and empower people to live on purpose through their God-giveness

“That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.”

Romans 8:28 MSG

Rev. Dr. Aleze M. Fulbright is an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church who is a person of conviction in living a personal mission to encourage, equip, and empower all people to live on purpose and live out their God-giveness. Dr. Aleze’s greatest joy in life is her son, Myron Fisher Jr., who is a Middle School Math Educator and Basketball Coach in Wichita, Kansas. Additionally, she enjoys fellowshipping with family and friends, while also connecting with community through her civic and sorority involvement.

Dr. Aleze is a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma. She graduated from Booker T. Washington High School and went on to Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. She received her Masters in Divinity from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University. She also earned a Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Leadership from Houston Graduate School of Theology.

Dr. Aleze currently serves as a Conference Superintendent, in the Central District of the Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church. Before entering full time ministry in 2008, was the Assistant Controller for the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, Inc. Prior to her current appointment of Conference (District) Superintendent, Aleze served as the Director of Leadership Development for the Indiana Conference, and in the North Texas Conference in a host of ministry settings, as the Associate Director of Leadership Development, the Associate Pastor at First United Methodist-Commerce and Campus Minister for Wesleyan Campus Ministry at Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Call to the Episcopacy

I am responding to God’s calling to avail myself for an expanded leadership opportunity to serve God and The Church as an Episcopal leader in the United Methodist Church. For me, this takes away the political nature and grounds me in simply following another nudge of God as I have done by serving as a layperson, responding to the call to ordained ministry, serving in appointments across the Connection, and now leaning in as God leads me along this path.

During these unconventional times, it requires unconventional leadership. These are my foundational principles that guide my call to the Episcopacy in the United Methodist Church:

FAITH
We must be unapologetic regarding our proclamation of Jesus Christ’s love and how that love is available because of Christ’s sacrifice for us all.
FIRE
We must reclaim and rekindle the call for all persons, lay and clergy to greater service Christ and Christ’s Church.
FOCUS
We must align our resources to the mission and vision, which helps to equip the local church for greater witness glocally (locally and globally). It is this focus which will help to guide us forward during the times of unknown and uncertainties.
FRUIT
When Jesus says, “I am the vine; you are the branches”(John 15:5), he reiterates that fruit is derived from humanity’s relationship to God in Christ; the fruit is God’s fruit. The need to produce fruit is inherent in the faith story and a responsibility of all believers. John 15:8 (CEB) states, “My Father is glorified when you produce much fruit and in this way prove that you are my disciples.” Even John Wesley asked three questions of spiritual leaders: “Have they faith? Have they gifts? And Have they fruit?

As faithful followers of Jesus Christ, we must be those bearers of fruit, such as LOVE, HOPE, and JOY, while also bearing the fruit of attending to the least, lost, last, and voiceless to ensure there is lasting change in the world; it is in this that all will know that we are Christ’s disciples.

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