FORT WORTH, Texas (UMNS) - Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the president of Liberia, will speak to the United Methodist General Conference during its meeting next spring in Fort Worth, Texas.

Johnson Sirleaf, who is a United Methodist, is scheduled to address the denomination's top legislative body on April 28. She accepted the invitation to speak in a Sept. 8 letter to L. Fitzgerald Reist II, secretary of the General Conference.

"As a strong and proud Methodist and in recognition of the work that the United Methodist Church has done in Liberia, particularly in providing education and medical services to our rural population, I am pleased to accept and look forward to joining you in Fort Worth on that day," she wrote.

Johnson Sirleaf also will accept the Bishop James K. and Eunice Mathews Bridge-Building Award from the United Methodist Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns. The award will be presented during an April 29 dinner in Fort Worth and is connected with the agency's Bridges of Unity Endowment.