Annual Conference Gathers for November 2023 Special Session


By Sybil Davidson

In what was a solemn day, members of the 2023 North Georgia Annual Conference ratified the disaffiliation agreements of 261 churches at a Special Called Session. 

Rev. Carolyn Stephens, vice chair of the Conference Board of Trustees, presented the motion to the Conference on behalf of the Board of Trustees, and the names of the churches requesting disaffiliation were read by their district superintendent. Each district lay leader offered a prayer. 

The requests of four churches were not ratified following discussion by the members of the Annual Conference. Those churches are The Fountain UMC at Sugarloaf in Duluth, McEachern Memorial UMC in Powder Springs, Trinity UMC in Rome, and Griffin First UMC.

The date of disaffiliation for the departing churches is November 30, 2023. They have an additional 30 days to fulfill the terms of the agreement which include financial and other obligations. (Learn more at

In December, approximately 440 North Georgia Conference churches will continue the work of fulfilling the mission of the United Methodist church in our communities and beyond.

Additionally, during the month of December, we anticipate the beginning of several new United Methodist faith communities in our Conference.

Any member of a departing congregation who wishes to remain United Methodist is invited to transfer their membership to another United Methodist Church in their community (search churches), transfer membership to a LIghthouse Congregation, or transfer their membership to their district roll. (Read more about ways United Methodists can stay connected.)

Saturday's special session closed with a parting litany (read it here). 

"Though our paths diverge, we acknowledge that ... there is one body and one Spirit, just as [we] were called to the one hope of [our] calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all. But each of us was given grace according to the measure of Christ’s gift. (Eph. 4:4-7) As we part, we do so with mercy, recognizing the grace entrusted to each in our Lord Jesus Christ and extending to one another the right hand of fellowship."
Churches moving forward with the disaffiliation process are:
Central East District
Barrow, Clarke, Oconee, Gwinnett, and Walton Counties
Atlanta Bethany UMC Buford
Bishop UMC Watkinsville
Campton UMC Monroe
Korean UMC of Hamilton Mill Buford
Monroe First UMC
New Pentecost UMC Winder
New Prospect UMC Athens
Norcross First UMC
Pentecost UMC Winder
Pleasant Valley UMC Monroe   
Rays UMC Bishop
Snellville UMC
St James UMC Athens   
Statham UMC   
Sugar Hill UMC
Trinity UMC Duluth
Walnut Grove UMC Loganville 
Young Harris Memorial UMC Athens 
Central North District
Fulton and Clayton Counties
Alpharetta First UMC
Antioch UMC Fairburn
England Chapel UMC Jenkinsburg
Mt Pisgah UMC Johns Creek
Mt Zion UMC Atlanta
New Hope UMC Clayton County
St James UMC Alpharetta
St John UMC Atlanta
Central South District
DeKalb, Henry, Newton, and Rockdale Counties
Bethel UMC Stockbridge
Conyers First UMC
Harvest Point UMC Locust Grove
Jodeco Road UMC Stockbridge
Julia A. Porter Memorial UMC Porterdale
Mt Carmel UMC Hampton
Philadelphia UMC McDonough
Red Oak UMC Newton County
Rockland UMC Lithonia
Shiloh UMC
Skyland UMC Brookhaven
Turners UMC McDonough
Union UMC Stockbridge
Central West District 
Carroll, Cobb, Douglas, Haralson, and Paulding Counties
Bethel UMC Hiram    
Bethel UMC Tallapoosa
Bethlehem UMC Bremen     
Buchanan UMC
Carrollton First UMC
Center Point UMC Temple
County Line UMC Acworth        
Covenant UMC Smyrna
Crawford Chapel UMC Bremen
Due West UMC Marietta             
Flint Hill UMC Hiram    
Hope UMC Dallas          
Kennesaw UMC              
Lithia Springs UMC       
Mountain View UMC Marietta  
Mt Nebo UMC Dallas
New Beginnings UMC Kennesaw           
New Covenant UMC Douglasville           
New Hope UMC Carrollton
Old Camp UMC Carrollton         
Pleasant Grove UMC Temple
Pleasant Hill UMC Villa Rica
Poseyville UMC Bremen
Shiloh UMC Carrollton 
Shiloh UMC Kennesaw 
Smyrna UMC Dallas      
St Stephen UMC Marietta           
Tallapoosa First UMC   
Temple UMC Carroll County
Victory UMC Carrollton              
Wesley Chapel UMC Villa Rica
North East District 
Banks, Dawson, Habersham, Hall, Habersham, Hart, Forsyth, Franklin, Jackson, Lumpkin, Madison, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union, and White Counties
Antioch UMC Clayton
Arbor Pointe UMC Hoschton
Bethel UMC Dawson County                    
Bethesda UMC Hartwell             
Bold Spring UMC Carnesville
Clarkesville UMC
Clemons Chapel UMC Gainesville
Cleveland UMC
Colbert UMC
Commerce First UMC   
Confidence UMC Stephens County        
Confidence UMC Union County
Cool Springs UMC Clarkesville 
Creekside UMC Cumming 
Dahlonega UMC             
Ebenezer UMC Cumming                          
Ebenezer UMC Hollywood        
Ebenezer UMC Jefferson            
Gordon's Chapel UMC Athens  
Hartwell First UMC       
Hickory Flat UMC Lula
Holly Springs UMC Jackson County
Homer UMC
Jones Chapel UMC Danielsville               
Lebanon UMC Gillsville
Liberty Hill UMC Hartwell
Loudsville UMC Cleveland
Lula UMC          
Macedonia UMC Cleveland        
Macedonia UMC Hart County   
McKee's Chapel UMC Dawsonville         
Midway UMC Gillsville 
Mountain City UMC
Mt Bethel UMC Commerce        
Mt Pleasant UMC White County
Mt Zion UMC Alto
Nacoochee UMC
New Hope UMC Dillard
New Salem UMC            
Pennington Chapel UMC
Piedmont UMC
Providence UMC Hart County  
Providence UMC Stephens County                       
Providence UMC Union County
Redstone UMC 
Redwine UMC Hart County
Redwine UMC Gainesville
St James UMC Toccoa
St Paul UMC Lumpkin County
Sunshine UMC
The Highlands UMC
The Vine UMC
Tiger UMC
Toccoa First UMC
Union Hill UMC Hiawassee
Vanna UMC
Wesley Chapel UMC Dahlonega
North West District 
Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Fannin, Floyd, Gilmer, Gordon, Polk, Murray, Pickens, Walker, and Whitfield Counties
Aragon UMC
Ball Ground UMC
Barnsley UMC Kingston
Bethel UMC Morganton
Bethel UMC Summerville
Big Springs UMC Woodstock
Blue Ridge UMC
Canton First UMC
Cedartown First UMC
Center Valley UMC Chatsworth
Chatsworth First UMC
Elizabeth Lee UMC Chickamauga           
Eton UMC 
Fairmount UMC
Farmville UMC Calhoun
Five Springs UMC Dalton           
Hillside UMC Woodstock           
Jackson Chapel UMC Cave Spring
Kingston UMC                
Kresge UMC Cedartown
Liberty Hill UMC Morganton
Lindale UMC
Little River UMC Woodstock    
Lyerly UMC
Macedonia UMC Alpharetta
Menlo UMC
Mineral Springs UMC Dalton
Mizpah UMC Kingston 
Mt Gilead UMC Woodstock       
Mt Pleasant UMC Rome
Mt Zion UMC Chatsworth
New Echota UMC Calhoun
New Haven UMC Dalton
Oostanaula UMC Rome
Orange UMC Canton 
Plainville UMC 
Pleasant Grove UMC Dalton
Rock Spring UMC          
Rockmart First UMC
Rush Chapel UMC Rome
Shannon UMC
Silver Creek UMC
Sixes UMC Canton
Union Hill UMC Canton
Varnell UMC Cohutta
Wesley Chapel UMC Calhoun
West Rome UMC
White UMC
Williamstown UMC McCaysville
Woodstation UMC
South East District 
Baldwin, Columbia, Elbert, Greene, Hancock, Lincoln, McDuffie, Morgan, Oglethorpe, Putnam, Richmond, Taliaferro, Warren, and Wilkes Counties
Anthony Chapel UMC
Barton Chapel UMC
Berlin UMC
Blythe UMC
Burns Memorial UMC Augusta               
Central UMC Putnam County
Cokesbury UMC Augusta
Coldwater UMC
Crawfordville UMC
Dearing UMC
Devereux UMC
Dunn's Chapel UMC
Eatonton First UMC
Elberton First UMC
Fork Chapel UMC
Francis Asbury UMC Elberton
Friendship UMC Hephzibah
Gaissert UMC
Greensboro First UMC
Harlem UMC
Hephzibah UMC
Hopewell UMC Milledgeville
Independence UMC
Johnson UMC Warrenton
Knowles Chapel UMC                  
Liberty UMC Hephzibah
Lincolnton UMC
Macedonia UMC Warren County
Martinez UMC 
Midway UMC Lincolnton
Milledgeville First UMC              
Montpelier UMC
Mosaic UMC
Pennington UMC           
Philadelphia UMC Eatonton
Philadelphia UMC Harlem         
Prospect UMC Morgan County
Prospect UMC Norwood            
Rutledge UMC
Salem UMC Thomson   
Shiloh UMC
Siloam UMC
Sparta UMC (Pierce Memorial)
St James UMC Augusta
St Mark UMC Washington Road Augusta
St Paul UMC Eatonton
Swords UMC
Thomson First UMC     
Union Point First UMC
Washington First UMC
Wesley Chapel UMC Eatonton  
Young Memorial UMC Thomson
South West District 
Butts, Coweta, Fayette, Harris, Heard, Jasper, Lamar, Meriwether, Monroe, Pike, Spalding, Troup, and Upson Counties
Aldora UMC Thomaston
Bethany UMC Fayetteville
Big Springs UMC
Caney Head UMC Roopville
Christ UMC Forsyth
Concord UMC Pike County        
Culloden UMC
Ebenezer UMC Barnesville 
Ebenezer UMC Fayetteville
Ebenezer UMC Forsyth
Forsyth First UMC
Harmony UMC LaGrange
Highland UMC Griffin
Hillcrest UMC LaGrange
John Wesley UMC Grantville                    
Korean UMC of LaGrange
Korean UMC of Newnan
Life Springs UMC Zebulon
Mountville UMC             
Mt Zion UMC Campground
Pomona UMC
Prospect UMC Mansfield                           
Providence UMC Fayetteville
Stark UMC Butts County
The Rock UMC
Thomaston First UMC
Trinity On The Hill UMC LaGrange
Turin UMC
Welcome UMC Roopville
Williamson UMC
Woodbury UMC
Yatesville UMC