Bishop Announces Two New Appointments


Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson has announced the appointment of one new District Superintendent to the Conference Cabinet and the next appointment of one current Cabinet member.

Rev. Dr. Byron Thomas, currently pastor of Ben Hill UMC in Atlanta, will be appointed to serve as Superintendent of the Central South District, which includes DeKalb, Henry, Newton, and Rockdale Counties. 

Rev. Dr. Quincy Brown, current Central South District Superintendent, will be appointed as Senior Pastor of Snellville UMC. 

"We are blessed in North Georgia to have the leadership of these wise and faithful men," said Bishop Sue. "They have been a gift to me, and I and the entire Annual Conference benefit from their vision, perspectives, and insight.”

Both appointments begin July 1, 2021.

"I'm excited about becoming the next pastor of Snellville United Methodist Church," Rev. Dr. Brown said. "The church has a rich history and I look forward to working with a great staff team and passionate members in imagining new ways to welcome people into a growing relationship with Jesus." 

Rev. Dr. Brown has served on the Cabinet for four years, first serving the Atlanta-Decatur-Oxford District and transitioning to the new Central South District last year. 

"Quincy has faithfully and passionately fulfilled his calling and appointment as our District Superintendent by serving alongside his churches and pastors as our colleague, mentor, confessor, friend, and pastor," said Rev. Doug Gilreath, Superintendency Chair and pastor of Covington First UMC in the District. "We look forward to the opportunity to welcome Byron to the District and serve with him."

Rev. Dr. Thomas has served as Senior Pastor of Ben Hill since June 2013. He previously held appointments at Central UMC in Atlanta, as Associate Director in the Conference Office of Connectional Ministries, and as Pastor at Fort Street United Methodist Church in Atlanta. 

He has served in numerous leadership roles in the North Georgia Conference and the Southeastern Jurisdiction including serving as a Clergy Delegate to the 2016 General and Jurisdictional Conferences and the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference. He is currently chair of our North Georgia Conference Delegation to General and Jurisdictional Conferences. Additionally, he has served as Chairperson of the Committee on Related Agencies, Chairperson of the Committee on Ethnic Local Church Concerns, Chairperson of the Advocacy Committee, and Member of the Board of Directors of the Hinton Rural Life Center in Hayesville, North Carolina. He has served on the District Board of Ordained Ministry and as the Chair of the District Committee on Superintendency.

Rev. Dr. Thomas is a recipient of the Malone Dodson Award given by the Foundation of Wesley Woods to a clergyperson who best exemplifies visionary and committed leadership with respect to older adults. He has twice served as Chaplain and Educational Liaison at the United Methodist Children’s Home (now Wellroot) and has chaired the Board of the Interfaith Children’s Movement (ICM). He has served as President of the North Georgia Black Methodists for Church Renewal and Coordinator for the Southeastern Jurisdiction Black Methodist for Church Renewal.

“I am looking forward to continuing to grow in my relationship to God and with the people of the Central South District," said Rev. Dr. Thomas.

Rev. Dr. Thomas is married to DuWanna Thomas and they are the proud parents of two wonderful sons.