Farewells and Welcomes at the United Methodist Center


Each Clergy Move Day brings changes to the North Georgia Conference offices as pastors move to new appointments and staff shifts based on the year’s ministry needs.

This summer has been a season of farewells, transitions, and welcomes at the United Methodist Center!


Michele Lancaster served as Administrative Assistant to the Director of Connectional Ministries for five years. Known for her friendly presence at training events and a helpful voice on the phone, Lancaster has left one role to step into another. She is now serving as the Athens-Elberton District Administrative Assistant.

Ansley Brackin served as a Communications Specialist in our Conference for more than four years. She came to the position as a recent Reinhardt graduate and left with experiences ranging from designing retreat logos to photographing General Conference. Ansley is now serving in a communications role at Johns Creek UMC.


Rev. Debby Fox (Conference Children’s Ministry, Safe Sanctuaries), Rev. Hyo Kim (Korean/Asian Church Development), Rev. Dr. Juan Quintinalla (Hispanic/Latino Church Development), and Rev. Ashley Jenkins (Vocational Discernment) each packed up their offices, but didn’t say goodbye to the meaningful work they do at the Conference level. These four clergy will continue to serve as consultants to North Georgia on an as-needed basis in their area of expertise with year-long contracts. As they continue sharing their gifts with the Conference, Quintanilla is now serving as associate pastor at Norcross First UMC, Kim is pastor at Rock Springs UMC in Lawrenceville, and Jenkins is pastor of Senoia UMC. Fox is enjoying semi-retirement, as she balances conference children’s ministry and Safe Sanctuaries work with travel and family time.

Pam Higgins, already serving in the office of Connectional Ministries, expanded her role and now serves as Administrative Assistant to the Director and Associate Directors of Connectional Ministries.

Rev. Jane Brooks began a new role as Assistant to the Bishop in July. She will function as chief of staff for Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson. Her work will ensure that all branches of the Conference (staff, board of ministry, cabinet) are working in concert. She will also oversee special initiatives and projects as directed by the Bishop.

The Conference Communications Office will now report the Bishop’s Office as a function of these changes.


In July, Rev. Dr. Dana Everhart was welcomed to the Conference Office in the role of Director of Ministerial Services and Faith Formation. He dove right into the work of recruiting, forming, and developing clergy in this Annual Conference.

This fall, Robert McMichael will begin serving as a consultant to the North Georgia Conference. McMichael’s focus will be strengthening worship in the local church. McMichael serves as Minister of Worship Arts and Mission Ministries at Atlanta First UMC.


In the past year the Conference said two other farewells. Val Bligh of the Benefits Office and receptionist Barbara Harris both retired after many years on Conference staff.

Following the retirements, Valerie Henry shifted roles and now serves in the treasurer’s office as an accounting specialist and welcomes guests to the United Methodist Center as receptionist.

Earlier this year, the Conference staff welcomed Judy Woodall to the Conference Benefits Office. Woodall is a life-long United Methodist with a career in benefits and now serves as benefits assistant.

“The Annual Conference exists to create connection,” said Bishop Sue. “This series of changes lives into that understanding.”