Meet Bill Martin: Your Conference Lay Leader

7/28/2016

Meet Bill Martin, our North Georgia Conference Lay Leader! The Marietta native and Furman University grad, was elected lay leader by the 2016 North Georgia Annual Conference and began his four-year term of service July 1. He and his wife Kristin live in Dacula and have a daughter and two sons. We caught up with him to ask a few questions:

Q: What's your church home?
I'm a member of Dacula UMC where I have been nurtured and loved by an amazing congregation and a long list of influential senior and associate pastors.
 
Q: In what capacities have you previously served in the North Georgia Conference?
Head Lay Teller, 2007-2010
Lay Leader, Atlanta Emory District, 2010-2011
Board of Ordained Ministry, 2012-2020
General Conference Delegations 2012 and 2016
Associate Conference Lay Leader 2012-2016
 
Q: What do you see as your primary role as Conference Lay Leader? 
Connecting the laity to the mission and ministries of the church. Too many of our churches and laity are not aware of the opportunities for service that exist throughout the connection. There are enough United Methodist supported global and local ministries that any laity that wants to be connected has ample opportunities.
 
Q: How do you think clergy and laity in The United Methodist Church can best work together to "Make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world"? 
The word is partnership. Neither of us exist without the other party and the sooner that we treat each other as equals, the sooner we get back to making disciples. The Great Commission starts with “Go and make disciples” and together as lay and clergy we need to get to the disciple making part of our task. 
 
Q: Apart from the Bible, what's something you are reading?
I am currently spending time reading and rereading Bonhoeffer as I am in a stage of life where his concept of “Cheap Grace” is speaking to me.
 
Q: How do you like to spend your free time? 
I'm an avid runner as that is my therapy. My oldest child is a Junior at Auburn and the two boys are both in high school, so while I still have two at home I try to spend as much time with them as possible.


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