Conference News

North Georgia Delegation Endorses Sharma Lewis as Episcopal Nominee

The members of the North Georgia Conference Delegation have unanimously endorsed the Rev. Sharma D. Lewis as their episcopal nominee.    Rev. Lewis serves as District Superintendent of the Atlanta-Decatur-Oxford District.   "She is a person of impeccable character. Likewise, she is a pastor, a preacher, an administrator who has exhibited extraordinary skill," said the Rev. Dr. K. Edward Tomlinson, who nominated Rev. Lewis at the September meeting of the North Georgia Delegation. "She has served ...

Beloved Christ Doors Installed in New United Methodist Center Building

A familiar site will greet visitors to the new United Methodist Center. The hand-carved "Christ Doors" that served as the entrance to the main building at Simpsonwood, have been installed in the reception area of the Century Center building.  The late Arnold and Lucille Hughey had the doors commissioned and presented as a gift to Simpsonwood in 1987. The Hugheys were long-time members of Decatur First United Methodist Church.  After a great deal of research to find the right artist for the ...

United Methodist Center Move Update: Staff Begin Move In

Note: Originally posted July 30. Updated September 24, 2015. The United Methodist Center has relocated to the 1700 Century Center building in Atlanta. Phone lines have been restored and numbers have not changed. The mailing address is: North Georgia Conference 1700 Century Circle NE, Suite 100 Atlanta, GA 30345  The PO Boxes for Apportionment and Benefits payments will remain the same. Please continue to use those addresses.  Read more about the new location at

Conference Launches New Website for Anyone Exploring a Call to Ministry

Even as a young girl, Mercy Lineberry was drawn to the Word of God. “I’ve always been interested in the Bible and scripture and studying,” says Lineberry. “Very early on, around 14 or 15 years old, I was studying a text in my dad’s concordance, and I got really excited about it. I thought, ‘I feel like I need to share this. I feel like I have some insight.’ My parents and I had a great discussion about what the text was saying and how God was speaking through it, and I thought, ‘I think this ...

Donated for Ministry: Valuable, Meaningful, and Useful Items from Simpsonwood Retreat Center Find New Homes

Note: Updated 7/14 to reflect the decision of the 2015 Annual Conference to allow Gwinnett County to keep the Simpson chapel in its current location. As the United Methodist Center offices prepare to relocate, many of the artifacts, furniture, and supplies from the Simpsonwood Retreat Center have already been moved off property and are being used in ministry settings around the North Georgia Conference. Soon after the close of the retreat center last year, a committee was established to plan ...

New Location Chosen for United Methodist Center

NOTE: Article updated September 2, 2015. The North Georgia Conference Board of Trustees and the Relocation Subcommittee have announced that the United Methodist Center will relocate to the 1700 Century Center building on Century Circle near Clairmont Road and I-85 in Atlanta.  Conference officials signed a 7.5 year lease for the building on March 31. The building will accommodate the entire United Methodist Center on one ground-level floor that is fully accessible. A basement is included in ...

Environmental Justice is the Theme for the United Methodist Church National Creation Care Conference in 2015

Conference to be held in Atlanta, home of the Civil Rights Movement   Rev. Pat Watkins, missionary for the General Board of Global Ministries who heads up the Ministry of God’s Renewed Creation, has announced the theme for the 2015 National Creation Care Conference. The theme will be environmental justice, and the conference will be hosted in the birthplace of the Civil Rights movement. The "Environmental Resurrection: Let Justice Roll Down Like Waters" Creation Care conference will be held on ...

Atlanta-Roswell District Churches Show Extravagant Generosity in Imagine No Malaria Effort

On January 11, Dunwoody UMC in the Atlanta-Roswell District presented Bishop Mike Watson with a check for $67,894.75 for Imagine No Malaria. And they are just one of the AROS churches that have made great strides in supporting Imagine No Malaria. (Pictured above are senior pastor Rev. Dan Brown, Bishop Watson, co-lay leader Denise Chastain, and AROS District Superintendent Dr. Doug Thrasher.) Mt. Carmel UMC recently presented Dr. Jamie Jenkins, North Georgia's Imagine No Malaria Field ...

Atlanta-College Park District Moving to New Office Space

The Atlanta College Park District Office is relocating to the Woodruff Volunteer Center in Atlanta as of Dec. 18, 2014.  New address will be: Atlanta College Park District The United Methodist Church Woodruff Volunteer Center 100 Edgewood Avenue NE, Suite 1690 Atlanta, GA 30303 New phone number as of December 19, 2014 tel:404-335-0321 tel:404-209-7794 (fax)

Committee to Begin Preservation Efforts of Valuable and Meaningful Items at Simpsonwood

The Conference Board of Trustees and Simpsonwood Board of Directors have named a four-person committee of Lowell Kirkman, JM Rawlinson, Sid Linton and John Lawrence to plan for the preservation of valuable and meaningful artifacts on the Simpsonwood property. This committee will soon begin taking an inventory of items on the property. If there is an item or artifact that was given in honor of you or a loved one, or in memory of a loved one, and you would like to provide input on how the item is...

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