Agencies and Organizations

Scott Merritt Joins Murphy-Harpst Children’s Centers as President and CEO

Rome, Ga. -- The board of directors of Murphy-Harpst Children’s Centers is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael “Scott” Merritt as president and chief executive officer. Merritt replaces Chuck Troutman who retired on February 24, 2016.    Merritt earned his Masters in counseling and human development from the University of Georgia and is a licensed professional counselor and masters addiction counselor by trade.  He has dedicated the past 23 years of his life to working with youth and ...

Rev. Byron E. Thomas of Ben Hill UMC Receives the 2015 Malone Dodson Award

Congratulations to Rev. Byron E. Thomas, senior pastor at Ben Hill UMC, and 2015 Malone Dodson Award recipient. Since 1998, the Malone Dodson Award is given annually by Wesley Woods Senior Living to the clergy person of the North Georgia Conference who best exemplifies visionary and committed leadership with respect to older adults.   Rev. Thomas was presented with the award at a ceremony in recognition for his incredible support of Wesley Woods through the annual Mother’s Day Offering. Ben Hill...

North Georgia United Methodists Contribute to CEB Student Bible

North Georgia Conference’s own Beth Corrie, Director of Emory University’s Youth Theological Institute, served as editor of new CEB Student Bible. This edition, published in fall of 2015, is described as “a Bible by and for young people that invites them into deeper forms of both personal holiness and social holiness, helping them make connections between the world of the Bible and their own world.” Youth ministers and biblical scholars have all come together with today’s youth in order to ...

Toward Tomorrow: The General Board of Global Ministries Breaks Ground in Atlanta

Bishop Mike Watson welcomes Global Ministries to Georgia at the organization's ground breaking ceremony. (Photo courtesy of Grace UMC) By Anne Nelson   “It’s not the one who plants or the one who waters who is at the center, but God, who makes things grow.” 1 Corinthians 3:7, The Message   The North and South Georgia Conferences of The United Methodist Church, the City of Atlanta, the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Gammon Theological Seminary, Candler School of Theology, and many, many ...

United Methodists Improve Facilities and Lives at Wesley Woods

Wesley Woods’ Community of Caring appeal has raised over $10M to serve its older adult residents. This is thanks in part to churches of the North Georgia Conference and the Methodist Foundation for Retired Ministers who are contributing more than $1.5M to the effort, and individual United Methodists contributed many of the personal gifts. "Wesley Woods extends its deepest gratitude to everyone who has joined in improving the lives of the more than 1,500 older adults we serve," said organization...

Housing and Homeless Council Office Moves

The Housing and Homeless Council office has a new location. The ministry is now located on the third floor of Decatur First United Methodist Church. The phone number and email will remain the same, but the new mailing address is: 300 E. Ponce de Leon Ave Decatur GA 30030 Find more information on the Housing and Homeless Council at

Global Ministries Receives $500,000 Grant from the Pitts Foundation in Georgia

(Global Ministries) The William I.H. and Lula E. Pitts Foundation awarded Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church a $500,000 grant in support of Global Ministries’ establishment of its new home in Atlanta. The grant will be used to support the renovation and construction project of Global Ministries’ new offices at Grace UMC in Atlanta. The move to Georgia—a catalyst for envisioning new ways to connect the church in mission—is a pivotal moment in the life of Global Ministries and the ...

Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church to Break New Ground in Atlanta

New York, Dec. 9, 2015 — In the fall of 2016, Global Ministries, the mission agency of The United Methodist Church, located in New York City for almost 200 years, will move to its new home in Atlanta, Ga. The move to Atlanta — a catalyst for envisioning new ways to connect the church in mission — is a pivotal moment in the life of Global Ministries and the people with whom it serves. With a programmatic scope encompassing the world’s major social and global health challenges, integrated with an ...

Atlanta Roswell District UMCs Provide In-Home Care Program to Older Adults

By Ansley Brackin Communications Specialist During his 24 years of preaching at Dunwoody UMC, retired pastor Rev. Wiley Stephens expressed a desire to provide more aid and activities for older adults. This request eventually transformed into Perimeter North Villages: a “virtual retirement village” of sorts, formed by six Atlanta-Roswell District UMCs. The communities surrounding Dunwoody UMC, Kingswood UMC, St. James UMC (Atlanta), Sandy Springs UMC, Chamblee UMC, and Winters Chapel UMC have...

Calling All NGUMC Life-Changers: Action Ministries Sunday is Dec. 6

Action Ministries is excited about this special annual opportunity to share the stories of hope and engage the North Georgia United Methodist Conference with their neighbors in need. Did you know that in Georgia, we have the third highest overall poverty rate in the nation? We rank sixth for food insecurity, and we have the tenth highest homeless rate for children. The homeless, hungry and vulnerable are literally our neighbors. The mission of Action Ministries is to lead people out of poverty....

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