Bishop Matthew Thomas
Bishop Thomas has been an active part of the Free Methodist Church since 1979, serving in a variety of roles that include pastor, church planter, missionary and superintendent. He has served throughout the Columbia River Conference, the Northern Philippine Conference, and on many denominational boards, committees and task forces. Matt was consecrated as bishop of FMC-USA on July 13, 2007. A passionate commitment to evangelism, discipleship and leadership development has been foundational for Matt’s life in ministry. He has been actively engaged in sharing Christ with the unsaved, praying with them to receive salvation and helping them grow to maturity. Bishop Thomas has been married to Marlene for nearly 40 years. They have three sons and one daughter – Luke (Jennifer), Mitch, Sam and Charese (David). Mitch departed this earth in September 2008 to serve as full-time worshipper of God around the throne. They are blessed that all are serving in ministry either as volunteers or vocationally. They also have five beautiful granddaughters (Jalen, Jordan, Callia, Mikaela and Katelin) and three handsome grandsons (Andrew, Eli and Asher).
Superintendent Dennis Jeffery
Superintendent Jeffery has led The River Conference since 2009. He has been a youth pastor in Washington state, a church planter in Southern California, and a lead pastor in Lakewood, Colorado. Dennis serves on the Board of Eden Reforestation Projects and has a passion for justice, mercy, and compassion. Dennis has had the privilege of traveling extensively serving and speaking in Mauritania, Ethiopia, England, Ireland, Hungary, China, and Mexico, as well as, throughout the U.S. Additionally, he is a proud member of Hot Tub Boat Church, an online group of leaders who keep him humble and laughing. His interests and expertise are in communication, leadership development, spiritual formation, strategic planning, and missional advancement all in service of love for God and others. Dennis is married to Coleen. They have three children and reside in Lakewood, Colorado. He enjoys people, learning, riding his Trek bike, tennis with his daughters, time with his son and daughter-in-law, and his best friend, Coleen. God has been very gracious for which he is deeply humbled and thankful. Dennis gives all praise to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.