Nacogdoches Man Elected to Attend First United Methodist General Conference

Like all denominations, the United Methodist Church is also facing decisions on controversial topics like homosexuality. A Nacogdoches man will be among 1,000 delegates discussing that issue, and others, at the First United Methodist General Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Gil Hinke is one of only two delegates elected to the prestigious honor in the Eastern district. He's the national president of the First United Methodist Men, and has been reviewing thick documents of potential changes. He knows lively debates are certain to surface during the two week conference.

Hinke said, "The issue of homosexuality, that is always an area of contention. We also do not allow practicing homosexuals to be ordained as clergy and we also do not allow clergy in the United Methodist Church or the United Methodist Churches to host or participate in same sex unions. So, those three areas on that particular issue will come up."

Hinke is a member of Perritte United Methodist Church in Nacogdoches. This is Hinke's third time to be elected as a delegate.