Rev. Bobbi Kaye Jones, Rachel Wright, and Rev. Charles McClure will be attending this year’s General Conference, the once-every-four-years official meeting of the church that’s happening in Portland, Oregon, May 10-20, 2016. Earlier this week, Charles shared the following story about the first time he attended General Conference in 1960.
The following picture and article comes from the April 30, 1960 edition of the Daily Christian Advocate, the official journal and newspaper of the Methodist General Conference:
Four young Texans probably can claim the cheapest expense account for a 2,000 mile trip to General Conference.
The quartet, led by the Rev. Samual E. Mohundro of the Florence, Texas, Methodist Church, traveled the 1,000 miles from Georgetown, Texas, to Denver for $15, and hoped to keep the expenses equally as low on the return trip Friday afternoon.
Making the trip with Mr. Mohundro were Charles Spellman of Austin, Ike Ledger of Thrall, and Charles McClure of Jarrell. All three are attending Southwestern University at Georgetown and all are student pastors—Mr. Spellman serving Creedmore Church at Austin, Mr. Ledger the church at Thrall, and Mr. McClure the church at Jarrell.
Traveling in a small station wagon, the group left Georgetown Monday afternoon and arrived in Denver Tuesday evening after a side trip to the Royal Gorge. At night they stopped along the highway and slept in sleeping bags in the open. They cooked their meals on an open fire. The menu was simple—baloney, hot dogs, and ginger ale.
They were scheduled to be back in Georgetown in time to preach Sunday morning.