Bishop and Cabinet Announce 2021-2022 Appointment Changes


70 Changes Announced on Appointment Sunday

Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson and the Conference Cabinet have released the 2021-2022 appointment changes of full-time clergy. Information was shared on Sunday, April 18, 2021, which was Announcement Sunday in the nearly 800 churches of the conference.
Bishop Sue and the Cabinet projected 70 appointment changes in the region. The appointments are effective July 1, 2021.

"The North Georgia Conference appreciates the graciousness of these 70 pastors as they receive new appointments and embrace new challenges and opportunities to share the word of God's love," said Bishop Sue. 
The appointments include several large church changes.
  • Rev. Dr. Steven Usry was named as senior pastor of Mt. Bethel UMC in Marietta (East Cobb). The Rev. Dr. Usry will be joining Mt. Bethel UMC from Sugarloaf UMC in Duluth, Georgia.
  • Rev. Dr. Derrick Rhodes was named as senior pastor of Ben Hill UMC in Atlanta. Rev. Dr. Rhodes will join Ben Hill from Kelley Chapel UMC in Decatur.
  • Rev. Heather Jallad has been named senior pastor of Sugarloaf UMC. Rev. Jallad comes from a dual appointment as associate pastor at Mount Pisgah UMC in Johns Creek and Fresh Expressions Cultivator for the North Georgia Conference. 
Read all the projected appointments at

In The United Methodist Church, clergy agree to serve where their bishop appoints them. Appointments are for one-year periods. The goal each year is to match the gifts and graces of each pastor with the ministry needs of a particular congregation and community in a particular season.