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Bishop Announces Appointment of Porterfield to Conference Cabinet

3/17/2019
In a creative new appointment, Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson has announced that Rev. Greg Porterfield will join the Conference Cabinet as District Superintendent/Presiding Elder of the Augusta District in June 2019. Porterfield will remain senior pastor of Wesley UMC in Evans where he has served since 2004. He will also act in the superintendent role as missional strategist. The Cabinet will appoint a full-time elder to work out of the District Office as a missions specialist to aid Porterfield in...



Bishop Announces Appointment of Terrell to Conference Cabinet

1/20/2019
Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson has announced the appointment of one new District Superintendent to the Conference Cabinet effective June 2019.  Rev. Dr. Jessica Terrell, currently pastor of Eatonton First UMC in the Augusta District, will be appointed to serve as superintendent of the Rome-Carrollton District. She succeeds Rev. Dr. David Naglee who will retire in June.  "Jessica is down-to-earth and relational. She has a keen strategic mind and has led churches well, sometimes under very difficult...



Cabinet Launches Paperwork Reduction Plan

7/27/2018
Shorter Charge Conference checklist? ✓ Check!  The Conference Cabinet has been working this spring and summer on an effort to reduce the amount of paperwork churches and church leaders are required to complete each year.  "Our intention is to streamline reporting, and for all the districts to get on the same page about what information we're collecting and what is essential," said Rev. Dr. Mike Long, Atlanta-Emory District Superintendent.  This means churches will see fewer required reports ...



Bishop Announces Appointment of Rogers to Conference Cabinet

1/21/2018
Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson has announced the appointment of one new District Superintendent to the Conference Cabinet effective June 2018.  Rev. Dr. Alice Rogers, currently lead pastor of Glenn Memorial UMC in Atlanta, will be appointed to serve as superintendent of the Gainesville District. She succeeds Rev. Richard Chewning who will retire at the end of 2018.  "Dr. Rogers has deep family roots in North Georgia, and grew up going to Salem Campground each year. She is a creative leader, ...



Levan Takes New Position in Office of Ministerial Services

1/2/2018
The North Georgia Conference is pleased to announce the promotion of D. Michelle Levan to the position of Assistant Director of Ministerial Services and Spiritual Formation. Levan has been serving on the North Georgia Conference staff since 2015 when she joined the Office of Ministerial Services as Senior Program Coordinator.  A graduate of Greensboro College and Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology, Levan previously served on staff at Emory University’s Candler School ...

United Methodist Center to Begin Weekly Worship in December

11/20/2017
Beginning December 6, the staff United Methodist Center will gather for Weekly Worship on Wednesdays. The liturgy will include a hymn, prayer, communion, scripture reading, and a homily from a visiting North Georgia Conference clergy member. A clergy staff member will serve as celebrant each week.  The service will be held from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. in the Davis Room. The services are open and all are welcome to attend.  Leading the services during Avent are the Revs. Susan Allen Grady, Carolyn ...



All Active Clergy Must Attend Mandatory Ethics Training

9/12/2017
The Book of Disciplines requires all active clergy to attend a mandatory conference-organized clergy ethics training each quadrennium. The North Georgia conference is hosting 8 sessions to allow clergy to meet this requirement. If a clergyperson does not complete the training by the last event, their appointment will not be continued for the 2018-2019 appointment year. “This will be a comprehensive and engaging training that will help clergy in their day-to-day ministry,” said Dr. Dana ...



Farewells and Welcomes at the United Methodist Center

8/10/2017
Each Clergy Move Day brings changes to the North Georgia Conference offices as pastors move to new appointments and staff shifts based on the year’s ministry needs. This summer has been a season of farewells, transitions, and welcomes at the United Methodist Center! FAREWELL Michele Lancaster served as Administrative Assistant to the Director of Connectional Ministries for five years. Known for her friendly presence at training events and a helpful voice on the phone, Lancaster has left one ...



Bishop Announces the Appointment of Four New District Superintendents

1/22/2017
Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson has announced four new cabinet-level appointments effective in June.    Rev. Quincy Brown, currently executive pastor at Peachtree City UMC, will be appointed as district superintendent of the Atlanta-Decatur-Oxford District, succeeding Coy Hinton, who will re-retire after filling the vacancy created when Sharma Lewis was elected to the episcopacy. "Quincy will bring a listening ear and a keen gift of discernment to encourage the churches to have a new evangelistic ...



North Georgia Celebrates 2016 Apportionment Giving

1/19/2017
Photo: Sean Taylor, layperson and chair of Conference Council on Finance and Administration, presents the 2017 Budget to the Annual Conference. At the close of 2016, North Georgia United Methodist churches had paid 94.7 percent of the apportionment budget, the highest percentage of apportionments paid in 15 years. Apportioned giving totaled $20,896,626.    Six of the 12 districts increased versus the previous year, including the Atlanta-Marietta District which paid five percentage points more ...



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