Mission, ministry, evangelism awards presented at Annual Conference session
Evangelistic awards were presented during the 2014 Annual Conference session to churches in each district that charted the largest net gain in membership, the largest number of professions of faith, and the best ratio of professions of faith with regard to membership.
The Ridge in Columbus was the overall conference leader in the largest net gain in membership and led the conference in the largest number of professions of faith. Gateway Community Church in Pooler had the best ratio of professions of faith in the conference.
A host of other churches and individuals were recognized in a presentation during the South Georgia Annual Conference session:
Carruth Mission Awards
Highest Total Given to Missions: St. Marys UMC
Highest Per Capita Given to Missions: Chula UMC
Top Churches in Giving: Liberty, Vineville, Cordele First, St. Paul, Wynnton, Vienna, Riverside, Forest Hills, Barney, Isle of Hope
Church of the Year: Liberty UMC
Harry Jackson Group of the Year: Liberty UMC Fish Fry Cookers
Distinguished Service Award: Steve Rumford
Professional of the Year: Jenny Horton
Open Door Community House, Inc.
The Mrs. Butch Deaton "Living the Vision" Award: Mrs. Jean Adams of Wynnton UMC
Outstanding Financial Stewardship in Charitable Contributions: St. Luke UMC (highest giving) and Asbury UMC (highest giving per capita)
Largest Amount of Financial Support Per Capita in the Annual Conference: Americus First UMC
Top 10 Supporting Churches: Americus First, Vineville, St. Simons, Cordele, Leslie, Ellaville, Albany First, St. Luke, St. Marys, Cairo First
South Georgia Black Methodist Church Renewal Distinguished Service Awards
Harry Hoosier Award Winner: Rev. Reggie Williams, South Columbus UMC
Mary McCloud Bethune Award Winner: Rev. Patricia Burns, Associate Pastor, M.L. Harris UMC
Rev. Joseph Roberson Advocacy: Richard Shinhoster, Speewell UMC, member
Methodist Home for Children and Youth
Top Churches by Giving: St. Marys, Vineville, Mulberry, Cordele First, Martha Bowman, Gray, Wesley Monumental, St. Luke, Tifton First, Perry
Top Churches Per Capita: Danville, Maple Springs, Bartow, Chula, Ellis Chapel, Friendship, St. Marys, Alston, Wesley (Howard Charge), Asbury (Macon)
Top District in Total Giving and Per Capita: Macon District
Arthur Moore Methodist Museum
Award for Historic Preservation: Robert Hutto, Church Historian Jamestown UMC
Bishop King recognized 36 pastors for being Five-Star Pastors. The five criteria each pastor has to meet in order to be recognized as a "Five-Star Pastor" are: teaching, self care, net gain goal of 5 percent, apportionments, and being a connectional church. There were 107 Four-Star Pastors.
C. Hale Bishop
C. James Carter
John Stephens III
David Tart III