Farewells and Welcomes: Staff Updates at the United Methodist Center


One member of your North Georgia Conference staff conducted Lewis Grizzard's funeral as a young pastor. Another staff member listens to podcasts at 1.5 speed (we'll give you one guess). There's a staff member with a weird fear of balloons (yes, balloons). Another has been a foster parent. The staff are laity and clergy with a wide range of gifts and talents — from computer programing to worship planning. But one thing they have in common is a call to serve God and others through The United Methodist Church. 

Over the past several months 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. 

In the past year we wished farewell to longtime accountant Peggy Freniere and longtime Benefits Officer Karen Fullerton. They both retired in 2019. Administrative Assistant Beth Barnwell, having served in the Assistant to the Bishop's Office and Congregational Development, took a position in a local church. In June, Rev. Michael Stinson transitioned from his role as Associate Director of Congregational Excellence to serve as senior pastor of East Point First Mallalieu UMC. Part-time communications specialist Jay Horton left the role as he prepares to begin Candler School of Theology.

Recent additions to the Conference staff include Melody Abel, a talented administrator and communicator, who serves as Administrative Assistant in the Office of Congregational Excellence. Accountant Ann Beesley has a background in church accounting and joined the Treasurer's Office staff this spring. In July, CPA Amy King, having served with excellence on Conference Finance, district union, and numerous other volunteer leadership positions, took the staff position of Conference Benefits Officer. Sara Armstrong began serving last year in the Center for Clergy Excellence as a part-time administrative assistant. Rev. Heather Jallad is serving in the Office of Congregational Excellence as a part-time consultant focused on Fresh Expressions. Alina Crews joins the Communications staff as a part-time communications specialist. 

Rev. Allen Hoskyn will be a new face in a new role at the United Methodist Center. Allen will serve as a Missional Strategy Associate for the 12 district superintendents. The position is being collaboratively funded by the district offices. 

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 and retirement. 

And wonder who exactly we were referencing in the first paragraph? Rev. Dana Everhart, Rev. Dr. Phil Schroeder, Rev. Jane Brooks, and Amy King!