Farewells and Welcomes to North Georgia Conference Staff


North Georgia Conference staff are laity and clergy with a wide range of gifts and talents — but one thing they have in common is a call to serve God and others through The United Methodist Church. 

As we begin a new appointment year, we have said "farewell" to beloved staff and "welcome" to new team members! Here's an update on who is at your service at the North Georgia Conference office. 

This June we wished farewell to Rev. Jane Brooks who retired having served the North Georgia Conference as a pastor, district superintendent, through related agencies, as director of Ministerial Services, director of Connectional Ministries, and as Assistant to the Bishop. Rev. Dr. Phil Schroeder, who served as director of the Center for Congregational Excellence, began an appointment as senior pastor of Dunwoody UMC. The staff will bid farewell to Pam Higgins, administrative assistant in the Center for Congregational Excellence, in August. Rev. Dr. Dana Everhart transitioned from director of the Center for Clergy Excellence to senior pastor at St. Mark UMC in Atlanta. We wished farewell in June to Sara Armstrong, an administrative assistant in the Center for Clergy Excellence. Rev. Allen Hoskyn, who served as a missional consultant for the cabinet, has been appointed to serve as mission specialist in the new East Central District. 

Recent additions to the Conference staff include Rev. Dr. Terry Walton who serves as Assistant to the Bishop. We welcomed Rev. Dr. Bernice Kirkland as Director of the Center for Clergy Excellence. Rev. Hal Jones joined the staff as Director of Connectional Ministries. And Licensed Clinical Social Worker Rev. Lindsay Geist now serves as Church Transition & Clinical Resource Specialist. 

We extend a warm welcome to all the new members of the Conference staff and the best wishes for the continued ministry of those who moved into new roles this month.