About Us

Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe                                                                                     Bledsoe Photo.2014

Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe remembers as an eighth-grader driving for hours from Georgetown to his family’s new home in Levelland, where his father was appointed to serve as pastor of St Luke Methodist Church. Bledsoe graduated from Levelland High School and attended South Plains College. In 1970, he moved to Canyon where he received a degree in English, with a minor in Spanish, from West Texas State University (now West Texas A &M University).

Bledsoe worked as program director for the North Central YMCA in Amarillo; later, he became the executive director. He attended Wyatt Memorial United Methodist Church. During an event for the UMCA at Ceta Canyon Methodist Retreat and Camp Center, Bledsoe received his call to ministry. “It was a powerful moment of change,” he said. As a result, he believes in the power of Christian camping and those settings that renew and inspire the soul.

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Rev. Paul E. Bauernfeind, Amarillo District Superintendent

Rev. Paul Bauernfeind was appointed to serve as the Amarillo District Superintendent on July 1, 2011.  Now in his seventh year as a district superintendent, Paul continues his commitment to making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the Texas Panhandle and the world.  He is honored and blessed that God has called him to be in this place at this time, one of God’s servants and disciples, to serve the pastors and churches of the Amarillo District as together we spread the Good News and participate in Kingdom building work in the Panhandle of Texas.

A “second career” pastor, Paul began his service as a pastor as a licensed commissioned minister in June 2000.  He was ordained an elder in The United Methodist Church and was elected as a member in full connection in the Northwest Texas Annual Conference on June 9, 2003.  He has served churches in both the Northwest Texas and New Mexico Annual Conferences.

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Suzette G. “Suzy” Compton, Amarillo District Ministry Assistant

Suzy has a long history in the Amarillo District, since she was one of the first babies born into the, then newly formed, Saint Paul UMC, Amarillo, where her parents, Jack and Vera Gallarneau, were charter members.

She attended McMurry University as an undergrad, and earned her bachelor’s degree in Accounting at West Texas A & M University.

Service to others has been a life-long commitment as evidenced by her many volunteer experiences, from den/troop leader for Scouts, teaching Sunday School/VBS, and coaching/organizing sports, to her membership in the Amarillo Downtown Lions Club as an acitve member/officer. She was awarded a Melvin Jones Fellow by her Club in 2011.

She has four grown children and two granddaughters.


History of the Amarillo District UMC

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