Today Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson begins her four-year term as episcopal leader of the North Georgia Conference.
"We are very happy to welcome our new Bishop to the United Methodist Center on her first official day as our episcopal leader," said Rev. Jane Brooks, Director of Ministerial Services and Assistant to the Bishop.
As for what a first day will be like for the new leader, "I expect to see her unpacking boxes and getting her office space settled. I think she might be walking around and getting acquainted too! We are thankful and prayerful as she gets underway," said Brooks.
Bishop Haupert-Johnson (or "Bishop Sue"), her husband Rev. Allen Johnson, and their daughter Samantha have moved into the North Georgia Conference episciopal residence and are making themselves at home in Georgia.
All are invited to the Service of Installation for our new bishop on Sunday, September 18, at 4 pm at Peachtree Road UMC in Atlanta. The special service is a time for our Annual Conference to gather for worship and to welcome Bishop Haupert-Johnson and her family and to give thanks for her assignment to the North Georgia Conference. The service will be followed by a reception.
Bishop Haupert-Johnson was elected bishop by the 2016 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference and was consecrated July 15 in Lake Junaluska, N.C. Her first assignment as bishop is to the North Georgia Conference.
A Florida native, Bishop Haupert-Johnson is a graduate of the University of Florida (B.S. in Business Administration), University of Florida College of Law (J.D.), and Candler School of Theology at Emory University (M.Div.). She was a federal law clerk and a litigator with the Tampa law firm of Carlton, Fields before she answered her call to ministry.
After graduating summa cum laude from Candler, she was ordained a deacon in the Florida Annual Conference in 1996 and an elder in 1998.
In the Florida Conference she served as associate pastor of 4,500-member Lakeland First UMC and 300-member rural/suburban church Hillsborough UMC in Tampa; as lead pastor of two large-membership churches, Cape Coral First UMC and Ocala First UMC; and she served as the North Central District Superintendent of the Florida Annual Conference from 2013-2016. She held a number of leadership roles in the Conference before being endorsed as Florida's episcopal nominee.