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      UMC installs first female bishop

      The North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church welcomed its first female bishop. Debra Wallace-Padgett was installed during a Sunday service at Canterbury United Methodist Church in Mountain Brook.

      Wallace-Padgett was elected bishop in July.

      She comes from a Lexington, Kentucky church where she served as the lead pastor. During her eight years there, the church experienced growth in membership and attendance and even added a multicultural service.

      The bishop plans on spending the next few months getting to know the Conference and the clergy.