SEJ College of Bishops Appoints Brady as SEJ Conference Secretary


Assigning leadership roles was among the top agenda items for the August 19 virtual meeting of the SEJ College of Bishops. This included the announcement that beginning September 1, Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson will serve as president of the College and Bishop Jonathan Holston will serve as Secretary. Bishops typically serve in the role of president of the Jurisdictional College of Bishops for 1-year terms. 

At the meeting, the College of Bishops appointed Dr. Brad Brady to serve as the Southeastern Jurisdiction Conference Secretary, effective upon current secretary Anne Travis’ retirement Sept. 1.

This is not a new role for Dr. Brady, who retired in June as senior pastor of Perry UMC in the South Georgia Conference. In 2008, he was elected to serve as the 2009-2012 Jurisdictional Conference Secretary, with primary responsibilities being the planning and implementation of the 2012 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference Session. He assisted Joetta Rinehart during the 2008 Jurisdictional Conference and began serving through the quadrennium in preparation for the 2012 Conference session. He also assisted Travis during the 2016 session and 2021 virtual session.

“Dr. Brady is well known and highly respected throughout the Southeastern Jurisdiction for his leadership,” said Bishop R. Lawson Bryan, president of the Council of Bishops and episcopal leader of the South Georgia Conference. “He has previously served as the SEJ secretary, and we know his background and experience will be especially valuable at this time.”

Dr. Brady’s years of experience and leadership will be an asset during these challenging times, Bishop Bryan said.

“The 2008 session approved a new structure for the Jurisdiction,” Dr. Brady said. “It was a time of transition and ‘building the plane while we were flying it.’ It was a pleasure working with leaders across the jurisdiction to support the ministries of our connection. I see this next quadrennium as another time of transition. No one knows what the future holds. In the meantime, I am committed to doing all I can to support the jurisdictional leaders as they carry out their work, and to fulfill the administrative functions necessary for our shared life together.”

The College of Bishops also expressed its appreciation to Travis for her nine years of service to the SEJ. She served as Assistant Secretary in 2012 and Secretary from 2012-2021. A lay person from the Holston Conference, Travis also served as the Director of Connectional Ministries in Holston from 2000-2013.