Q&A with Dick Williamson


Name: Dick Williamson
Role: Lay delegate
Local Church: Gainesville FUMC
Legislative committee: Local Church

Q: This is your fifth General Conference, so you are familiar with the workload. How are you holding up?
A: This does take a lot of endurance. I am 77 and don’t know if I could do this again.

Q: What makes Tampa stand out in your mind?
A: The people were very amiable and we managed to get a lot done and work efficiently. Jamie Jenkins was chair of my committee and he did a very good job in keeping things on track. People were very respectful of each other. We had 75 or 76 resolutions to address and we got through every one of them.

Q: What would you say about the overall tone here?
A: No doubt about it, it was the best of any of the five General Conferences I have attended. On occasion, it got a little rambunctious, but it was very good overall.

Q: If this is your last General Conference, what will you miss the most about it?
A: The people in our delegation and the camaraderie we have.

Q: What do you think of the city of Tampa?
A: It is gorgeous. It is the first time I have ever been here and I have really liked it. The people seem to be very friendly.

Q:  What has meant the most to you about being here?
A:  My wife, Marilyn, is with me. She is in the final stages of pancreatic cancer. In July, she was given 4-6 months to live. It has been 10 months now. If she was not here then I would not be here either. She knew that. If she that she stayed home I would have been home with her.

To read more about Dick, please find his bio here.