After the Simpsonwood Sale: What's Next?


In November, the North Georgia Conference entered into contracts with Gwinnett County and the City of Peachtree Corners for the sale of the Simpsonwood property to Gwinnett County for use as a passive park. The next step in the sale is closing on the property. 
For North Georgia United Methodist churches, this means that after the sale is complete and payment has been received, the Simpsonwood line item amounts applicable to the time after the sale will be eliminated from the Conference budget. Conference Treasurer Keith Cox explains it this way: "The 2015 apportionment statements will be re-run and re-distributed. For example, if a church has been apportioned $1,000/month for Simpsonwood for 2015, and the sale is completed on March 1, then the 2015 apportionment statements will be revised to include only $2,000 for Simpsonwood for 2015 ($1,000 each for the months of January and February)."

After closing on the property, United Methodist Center and Episcopal offices will move to a new location. The United Methodist Center relocation committee is at work to determine a future location for offices. Due to the time constraints of the sale contract, there will be a need to move into temporary office space. A permanent relocation will likely occur within the next two to two and a half years. The relocation committee will make recommendations to the Conference Board of Trustees, which will make the final determination. Read more about the priorities set by the Board of Trustees and those named to the committee at
A preservation committee is already at work making plans for valuable artifacts and other items at Simpsonwood. Read more about the task of that committee at
The Simpson Chapel will be relocated to the grounds of Simpsonwood UMC. Read more at

North Georgia United Methodists planning retreats have several United Methodist retreat centers available to consider:

  • Glisson Camp and Retreat Center offers cabins, lodges, meeting spaces, and program facilities for retreat groups. Glisson is open for retreats from August to mid-May, then closes for summer camp until the following August. Find information at
  • Collinswood Retreat Center of Aldersgate Homes is a recreational and retreat facility on beautiful Lake Oconee. Collinswood accommodates persons of all abilities. Full wheelchair accessibility allows all Collinswood visitors to enjoy activities such as overnight outings, cooking out, fishing, boating, games and sports. Find more at
  • Epworth By The Sea has extended an invitation to North Georgians to "Come to the Coast" and offers a discount to church groups of 10 or more. Read more about Epworth at
  • Hinton Rural Life Center, a retreat center of the Southeastern Jurisdiction located on the North Carolina-Georgia line, offers a wide range of accommodations including houses with lake views, the mountain lodge, hermitage cottages, group retreat houses, and RV sites. Find information at
  • Lake Junaluska, another of the SEJ's conference and retreat centers, offers 400 lodging rooms, cabins, home rentals, and more. Lake Junaluska is located in the Great Smokey Mountains of North Carolina. Read more at