Election of Dr. Joseph Connor as President of Hampton Ministers’ Conference Contested, Reportedly Over Dispute About COGIC’s Commitment to Women Leaders in Ministry

Dr. Joseph Connor and Dr. Cynthia Hale on stage at the Hampton University Ministers' Conference.
Dr. Joseph Connor and Dr. Cynthia Hale on stage at the Hampton University Ministers’ Conference.

This past week, at the 2018 Hampton Ministers’ Conference, Dr. Joseph Connor was elected president with 321 votes on June 5th. He was up against Dr. Cynthia Hale, the Conference’s Secretary, who got 271 votes.

However, the election of Connor, pastor of New Beginnings Sanctuary of Praise Church of God in Christ in Philadelphia, was declared null and void shortly after the vote. The Hampton Ministers’ Conference has not made a statement on the matter. However, a letter from COGIC’s General Counsel, Uleses C. Henderson, was made public. The letter asserts that Connor’s election was voided because of “the erroneous belief that the Church of God in Christ does not embrace women in ministry.”

Read the full letter below.

According to an Instagram post, a re-election was held on June 7th. And, according to a Twitter post, the election results were the same. Dr. Joseph Connor is the new president of the Hampton Ministers’ Conference.

–Joshua James