Jim Cantrell

Jim is currently serving as pastor of Snellville UMC.  In addition to pastoring churches in the North Georgia Conference for 36 years, he has chaired both the Conference Committee on Equitable Compensation and the Conference Insurance Task Force, and served on the Conference Council on Finance and Administration.  He currently serves on the Board of Ordained Ministry.  Jim served as the Atlanta-Decatur-Oxford District superintendent from 2005 to 2012, and as the Atlanta Emory District Superintendent from 2010-2011. 

Jim says he firmly believes that the best-kept secret of the United Methodist Church is the laity. He remains committed to the idea that if the laity see themselves as ministers, they have the amazing potential to make a difference in our world. He says he believes that the pulpit is a place to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ with conviction, courage, love, and compassion. He expects churches to love and support their pastors and pastors to love and support their laity.