Communication Regarding the Deed of Simpsonwood Conference and Retreat Center


On August 14, 2013, the Superior Court of Gwinnett County issued a ruling that allows the Simpsonwood Board of Trustees and the Conference Board of Trustees (Plaintiffs) to “freely use and convey the (Simpsonwood) Property free of the Restrictive Covenants”.  Interestingly, the Judge stated in his ruling that “it is undisputed that the restrictive covenants were honored by Plaintiffs during their legally enforceable term of twenty (20) years and for two decades thereafter.” (Bold added)  This means that the legally enforceable covenants expired in 1993 yet the Conference continued to honor the covenants for twenty years after expiration. 

The Conference Board of Trustees was authorized by Annual Conference resolution at Annual Conference session in 2013 as follows:

“Upon a successful conclusion of the declaratory judgment lawsuit, the annual conference authorizes and directs the conference board of trustees to use the board’s best efforts to market the Simpsonwood property with a view to obtain the best possible offer to purchase the property and bring said offer to the annual conference for its approval.” (Excerpted from the resolution)

The Conference Board of Trustees met on October 17, 2013 and has secured the services of a commercial real estate broker for the purpose of complying with the resolution provision noted above. The broker is David Haddow of Haddow and Company. His contact telephone number is 404-577-7222.

If you should have any questions about this issue, please contact Sybil Davidson at

North Georgia Conference Board of Trustees
John Simmons, Chair

October 17, 2013