United Methodist Women from across Indiana will enjoy dinner together during the Indiana Annual Conference of the Church June 10 at Ball State University in Muncie. The Thursday evening dinner is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. in the Student Center. The Rev. LeKisha Reed will address the mission-minded crowd.

Reed came to serve the Indiana Conference in July 2009. Prior to her current appointment, she served as associate pastor of First Grace United Methodist Church in New Orleans, La., a position she had served since June 2007. Previously, she served as pastor of the Boyntown UMC in Gretna, La., a resident student chaplain in Atlanta, Ga., program director for the Summer Leadership Institute in New Orleans, and a ministry fellow of The Fund for Theological Education in Atlanta.

She is a 2002 graduate of Dillard University of New Orleans (Bachelor of Arts Humanities) and a 2005 graduate of Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta (M.Div.). She spent 1990-2000 in the overseas student program at Ben-Gurion University in Beer-Sheba, Israel. Reed is a Hurricane Katrina survivor and assisted her congregation and community of Gretna in recovery efforts following the August 2005 devastation.

Early reservations are encouraged as the facility accommodates 350 and the meal cost is $13.50. Prepaid dinner reservations must be made through the conference office by calling 317-564-3234. A promotional flyer for use in church and/or local and district newsletters is available online at: www.gbgm-umc.org/indumw/2010UMWDinneratAnnualConfFlyer.pdf.

– Submitted by Carolyn Maxey, UMW of Indiana Communications Coordinator