Special Session of General Conference 2019


The United Methodist Church’s top legislative body will meet in St. Louis, Missouri, for a Special General Conference February 23-26, 2019.

General Conference is the top policy-making body of The United Methodist Church which typically meets once every four years. The Council of Bishops has called a Special Session of the General Conference to receive and act on a report from the Commission on a Way Forward based on the recommendations of the Council of Bishops.

North Georgia Delegation

Mathew Pinson is chair of the North Georgia Annual Conference Delegation to the special General Conference. Rev. Dr. Phil Schroeder is vice chair.

North Georgia's delegation has been gathering since August of 2017 in preparation for the 2019 Special Session. 


Lay Delegates:
Mathew A. Pinson  
Jane Finley  
Keith Cox  
Jeff Jernigan  
Bill Stikes  
Randy Brown  
Lathem Postell  
Rachel Fullerton  
Joe Wesley Kilpatrick  
Tonya Murphy  
Gary Fuller  

Clergy Delegates:
Philip Daniel Schroeder 
Jane Newman Brooks 
P. Alice Rogers 
James Carlton Cantrell III 
Steven Wood Sr. 
Richard Don Winn Sr. 
Charles Walter Savage II 
Kyle Edward Tomlinson 
Herzen De Vega Andone 
Byron Eric Thomas 
Nora Elizabeth Colmenares 

Alternates to the Special Session
Lay Alternates:
Jasper J. Russell Sr. 
Leon Jourolmon III 
Tom Cook 
Lee D. Highsmith 
Bill Martin 
Elizabeth Corrie 
Sue Raymond 
Janet Sligar 
Dianne Andrews Spencer 
Linda Culpepper  
Lily del C. Berrios   
Deloris F. Carhee 
Kathryn Schroeder 
Bob Fincher 
Richard L. Williamson 
Debby Stikes 

Clergy Alternates:
Bridgette Denise Young-Ross 
Dalton Troy Rushing 
David Cochran Walters 
Bernice Williams Kirkland 
Olujimi Wesley Brown 
Rodrigo Cruz 
Elizabeth Camak LaRocca-Pitts 
Michael Lee Cash 
Juan A. Quintanilla 
Howard Davidson Allen Grady   
Leon Edward Matthews Jr. 
James Hughes Lowry Jr. 
Kate Hurst Floyd 
John Arthur Beyers 
Hugh Bentley Cathey Sr.

Way Forward Report

The final report of the Commission on a Way Forward has been released. The report will be presented to the 2019 Special Session of General Conference. Subject to final copy editing, the report will be printed in the Advance Daily Christian Advocate (ADCA) in November.


Commission on a Way Forward Releases Report to General Conference 2019 (New Release)

2019 Delegates Discuss A Way Forward (UMNS) 

Commission on a Way Forward Final Report Being Translated (News Release)

Commission Ends Its Work; Hears Bishops’ Recommendation for a Way Forward (UMNS)

United Methodist Bishops Recommend a Way Forward (UMNS)

Praying Our Way Forward: Take Part in the Next Phase of Prayer for God's Guidance (News Release) 

Bishops Set Date for Called General Conference Session in 2019 (umc.org)

North Georgia Delegation Meets to Begin Preparation for Called General Conference (ngumc.org)



"One" Page for North Georgia United Methodists

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Report of The Commission on a Way Forward to GC2019
The report from the Commission on a Way Forward can be found at www.ngumc.org/WayForwardReport.

General Conference 2016

Review the happenings of General Conference 2016 at www.ngumc.org/GC2016