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Media contact: Amy Ezell
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(APRIL 18, 2020: LITTLE ROCK, AR) – Today, Governor Asa Hutchinson named Bishop Gary Mueller to the Arkansas Economic Recovery Task Force that will provide guidance for opening the state of Arkansas following the COVID-19 global pandemic.

The state task force is made up of 27 individuals that represent industry, small businesses, outdoor recreation and sports, agriculture and other groups. Stuart Walton will serve as the Task Force’s Chair.

Bishop Gary Mueller has served in the Arkansas office of episcopacy since July of 2012. He is a graduate from Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology and has served churches since 1978.

As an elected United Methodist bishop, Mueller is responsible for guarding the faith, order, liturgy, doctrine and discipline of the Church. He is to lead all persons entrusted to their oversight in worship, in the celebration of the sacraments, and in their mission of witness and service to the world. As a Bishop, Mueller is called to be a prophetic voice and courageous leader in the cause of justice for all people.

There are currently 630 United Methodist Churches in Arkansas.

Mueller is a trustee for Hendrix College and Philander Smith College; serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the United Methodist Church’s Council of Bishops, is Vice-President of the General Commission of United Methodist Men; is on the Board of Directors for Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare and the Methodist Foundation of Arkansas; and is a member of the South Central Jurisdiction Mission Council.

“I am grateful for Governor Hutchinson’s leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic. I am honored to serve the state of Arkansas in creating a plan that helps Arkansas recover economically and safely, to benefit our people as a whole. As always, all who are affected by the coronavirus will continue to be in my prayers.” Bishop Mueller shared.

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The Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church is one of the 54 annual conferences that make up the United Methodist Church in the United States. Founded in 2003, the Conference, as part of the South Central Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church, is responsible for coordinating more than 600 United Methodist churches and over 300 clergy throughout Arkansas to fulfill its trajectory “to make disciples of Jesus Christ, who make disciples equipped and sent to transform lives, communities and the world.” The Conference also supports a number of United Methodist-affiliated ministries in the state of Arkansas. For more information, visit arumc.org.