Projected 2023 Appointments

Bishop Robin Dease has announced projected appointment changes as of May 21, 2023. The appointments will be set at the North Georgia Annual Conference and will be effective July 1 unless otherwise noted.

"It has been an honor to be a part of the appointment process as your bishop this year," said Bishop Dease. "Itinerancy as a clergyperson is a sacred vow, an act of faith, a covenant, a symbol of collegiality, and an expression of our shared ministry. For laity, itinerancy is a cornerstone of our clergy/lay partnership, an exercise in hospitality, a gift of accountability, and a way of recognizing that seasons of ministry call for different gifts and graces in leadership.

As we all share in the vocational calling, may we continue to be open to the Spirit’s leading as we seek to be faithful disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world!”

Projected full-time appointment changes are below. Find projected part-time appointment changes at

Projected Full-Time Appointments as of May 21*

North East District
Banks, Dawson, Habersham, Hall, Habersham, Hart, Forsyth, Franklin, Jackson, Lumpkin, Madison, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union, and White Counties

Jones Chapel UMC and Liberty Hill UMC
Michele May, Pastor in Charge

North West District
Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Fannin, Floyd, Gilmer, Gordon, Polk, Murray, Pickens, Walker, and Whitfield Counties

Kresge UMC

Williamstown UMC

Central West
Carroll, Cobb, Douglas, Haralson, and Paulding Counties

County Line UMC Acworth 
Keith Smith

April 16 Projected Full-Time Appointments*

North West District
Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Fannin, Floyd, Gilmer, Gordon, Polk, Murray, Pickens, Walker, and Whitfield Counties

Boynton UMC
Jane Nugent, Pastor-In-Charge

Cedartown First UMC
Chris Shoemaker, Pastor-In-Charge

Dalton First UMC
Steven Usry, Pastor-In-Charge (effective May 1)

Liberty Hill UMC Canton
Eric Lee, Pastor-In-Charge

New Echota UMC & Wesley Chapel UMC Calhoun
Theresa Coleman, Pastor-In-Charge

Orange UMC
Greg Burgner, Pastor-In-Charge

Rock Spring UMC
Mark Miller, Pastor-In-Charge

Rome First UMC
Valerie Loner, Pastor-In-Charge

Second Avenue UMC Rome
Rick Maeser, Pastor-In-Charge

Trinity at the Well UMC
Shannon Karafanda, Pastor-In-Charge

Trion UMC
Evelyn Austria, Pastor-In-Charge

Williamstown UMC

North East District
Banks, Dawson, Habersham, Hall, Habersham, Hart, Forsyth, Franklin, Jackson, Lumpkin, Madison, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union, and White Counties

Bethany UMC, Jefferson

Clayton UMC
Don Landen, Pastor-In-Charge

Cumming First UMC
Gia Jones, Associate Pastor

First UMC of Union County
Jimmy Hood, Pastor-In-Charge

Homer UMC

Jones Chapel UMC
Michele May, Pastor-In-Charge

Redwine UMC Gainesville

St Paul UMC Washington Street
Bryan Smith, Pastor-In-Charge

Central West District
Carroll, Cobb, Douglas, Haralson, and Paulding Counties

Carrollton First UMC
Robert C. Brown, Pastor-In-Charge

County Line UMC, Acworth

Immanuel Korean
TBS, Pastor-In-Charge beginning July 1

Lithia Springs UMC
James Hannah, Pastor-In-Charge

Mt Zion UMC Carroll County
Stephanie Hannah, Pastor-In-Charge

Mt Zion UMC Marietta
Anne Cumings, Associate Pastor

McEachern Memorial UMC
H. Craig Hutto, Pastor-In-Charge

Old Camp UMC Carrollton
Douglas Herlong, Pastor-In-Charge

Villa Rica First UMC
Sam Dawkins, Pastor-In-Charge

Wesley Chapel UMC Marietta
Kathy Morris, Pastor-In-Charge

West Georgia UMC & Wesley Foundation, University of West Georgia
Adam Roberts, Pastor-In-Charge

Central East District
Barrow, Clarke, Oconee, Gwinnett, and Walton Counties 

Athens First UMC
Natalee Dukes, Associate Pastor

Extension Ministry
Amy Valdes Barker, The Ministry Collaborative

Grayson UMC
Trenton Dockery, Pastor-In-Charge
Liza Marler, Associate Pastor

Hamilton Mill UMC
Diane Ward, Associate Pastor

Loganville First UMC
Ryan Miller, Pastor-In-Charge

Mountain Park UMC
Millie Kim, Pastor-In-Charge

Princeton UMC Athens
Montana Hamby, Co Pastor-In-Charge
Laura Colleen Patterson, Co Pastor-In-Charge

Social Circle UMC & Jersey UMC Walton
Janet Balasko, Pastor-In-Charge

Suwanee Worship Center UMC
Tavares N. Stephens, Pastor-In-Charge

Central North District
Fulton and Clayton Counties

Birmingham UMC
Sam Halverson, Associate Pastor (effective March 5)

Ben Hill UMC
Genetha Rice-Singleton, Associate Pastor

Calvary UMC Atlanta & Connections at Metropolitan UMC
Gigi Warren, Pastor-In-Charge

College Park First UMC
Kimberlyn Sinkfield, Pastor-In-Charge

Impact UMC
Angie Johnson, Associate Pastor

Johns Creek UMC
Max Vincent, Pastor-In-Charge

Jonesboro First UMC
Ellynda Price Lipsey, Pastor-In-Charge

Morrow First UMC
Nelson Furtado, Pastor-In-Charge

Riverdale First UMC
Ted Rollins, Pastor-In-Charge

St. James UMC Alpharetta
Jacquelin D Ratliff, Assistant Pastor

St James UMC Atlanta
Bernice Kirkland, Pastor-In-Charge

Trinity UMC Atlanta
Deborah Williams, Pastor-In-Charge

Central South District
DeKalb, Henry, Newton, and Rockdale Counties

Chamblee First UMC
Minho Chung, Pastor-In-Charge

Eastside UMC
Elaine Puckett, Interim Pastor

Jodeco Road UMC
Meg Morrison, Pastor-In-Charge

McDonough First UMC
Nathaniel A Long, Pastor-In-Charge

Mt. Zion UMC
Jacque Smith, Pastor-In-Charge

Stone Mountain First UMC
Cynthia Jackson, Pastor-In-Charge

Tucker First UMC
John Mattox, Co Pastor-In-Charge
Katie Mattox, Co Pastor-In-Charge

South West District
Butts, Coweta, Fayette, Harris, Heard, Jasper, Lamar, Meriwether, Monroe, Pike, Spalding, Troup, and Upson Counties

Christ UMC Forsyth & Ebenezer UMC Forsyth
Dan Wilson, Pastor-In-Charge

Forsyth First UMC
Carol Cook, Pastor-In-Charge

Griffin First UMC
Brent Ward, Pastor-In-Charge
Pamela V. Johnston, Associate

LaGrange College
Ashley Fitzpatrick Jenkins, Chaplain

Life Springs UMC
Josh McLemore, Pastor-In-Charge

Providence UMC Fayetteville
Billy Beard, Pastor-In-Charge

Stark UMC
Andy Cunningham, Pastor-In-Charge

Thomaston First UMC
Tommy Ross, Pastor-In-Charge

South East District
Baldwin, Columbia, Elbert, Greene, Hancock, Lincoln, McDuffie, Morgan, Oglethorpe, Putnam, Richmond, Taliaferro, Warren, and Wilkes Counties

Hephzibah UMC
Phillip Armstrong, Pastor-In-Charge

Hopewell UMC Milledgeville
Tyler Flowers, Pastor-In-Charge

Madison First UMC
Zack Martin, Pastor-In-Charge

Walker UMC
David C. Collins, Pastor-In-Charge

Washington First UMC
Gary McDonald, Pastor-In-Charge

*Be reminded that appointment projections are still in progress and there will be more announcements as they become available.