A Message from Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson


Dear North Georgia United Methodists,

I am broken-hearted since being informed of the death of Rev. Marita Harrell. It is a blow to our clergy family, especially since it appears she died at the hand of one she was helping. Marita was a friend and a shining light among us. I pray for her family, her church, and all who loved her. I am grateful that the Lord she represented so well was with her in all things and accompanied her to her eternal home. May His Spirit comfort those of us who remain.

Our focus is on offering care and support to Marita's family and her congregation. Additionally, we have put into motion plans for support specifically for clergy colleagues in the days and weeks to come. Immediate grief support for clergy includes access to the Employee Assistance Program which provides 8 free counseling sessions in-person or virtually, and small group gatherings. 

In the coming days, we will share additional grief and trauma resources as well as ways to celebrate Marita's life.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers. 

Yours in Christ,

Bishop Sue