A metro-Atlanta news station asked the North Georgia Conference for comment on the status of the Simpsonwood Retreat Center in light of an interview with Simpsonwood neighbors. Find the statement below:
Statement of the North Georgia Conference
on the Future of Simpsonwood
The North Georgia Conference deeply appreciates the generous gift of property that Miss Ludie Simpson provided more than 40 years ago and we have proven our appreciation with good stewardship of this beautiful site.
However, the property has become underused in recent years and diverted more and more of our budget that could be better used for direct mission and ministry.
The Conference desires to keep the property intact, and will maintain the chapel and old chimney cherished by the Simpson family without reservation.
Decisions on the future of the property are being considered in a lengthy, prayerful and carefully researched process by representatives of the 900 United Methodist churches in north Georgia. Our aim is to serve the ministries of the church and also take into consideration the surrounding community.
A number of public entities have expressed interest in the property. If the Conference decides to sell Simpsonwood, our preference would be for that kind of entity to acquire it.
There is no timeline for the decision. We will continue to keep the community informed.