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Annual Conference 2022 is set for June 5-8 in Columbus, GA.
The 155th South Georgia Annual Conference began Tuesday, June 1, with the online Clergy Session. The clergy of the South Georgia Conference met online to approve the Business of the Annual Conference report, hear updates from the Orders, and affirm their covenant community.
That evening, the conference gathered virtually to honor 11 pastors retiring this year: James Robert Beckum; Remer Logan “Brad” Brady, III; Columbus B. Burns, III; Darrell Carter; Eddie J. Conaway, Jr.; Bob Mark Moon; Gary V. Page; Norris Ashley Randall, Jr.; Carol Morgan Smith; Stephen Lee Vinson; and Shareon N. Womack. The conference also celebrated with those pastors who have served 50 years in the ministry: Nathan C. Godley, J. Dan Robinson, William L. Strickland, Marcus V. Tripp, and Richard E. Turner. Watch the Retirement Recognition service.
On Thursday, June 3, South Georgia United Methodists gathered virtually for the Memorial Service to remember the faithful clergy and clergy spouses who passed away between April 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021. Dr. Brady Brady, senior pastor of Perry UMC, preached. Watch the Memorial Service
Clergy Remembered: Carl Eugene “Gene” Cariker, Sr.; Clifford Kendrick “Cliff” Wallace; Tommy Elmer McCook, Jr.; Henry Kenyon Erwin; Irie Monroe Cyree; Mark Kase; James Hicks “Jim” Snell Jr.; Marcelle G. Myers; Douglas Tripp Holden; Jefferson Brooks Partain; James Ellis Boyd; Randy J. Mosley; Richard Allen Trawick; Thomas Ned “Tom” Young; D. Marvin Goodman; Edwin Lee Holton; Rosalie Sue Cottrill DeJournett; Michael Alva “Mike” McAfee, Sr.; Paul Whitfield Dupree; Charles Franklin McCook; Arthur Lanier Bishop; Joseph Wesley Jones, Jr.; William Beniah “Bill” Willis, Jr.; Matthew J. Hearn; William Metts Whipple; John Thomas Edwards, Jr.
Spouses Remembered: Roslyn Elizabeth Harris, Rosemary J. Ayres, Juanita Hale Wilder, Kathleen M. Edwards, Joyce T. Myers, Carroll Victoria “Vicki” Baker, Jacquelyn Battle Tillman, Rudolph Thomas, Marlene Nettles Thornton, Renee May Lunn Knight, Michael Lamont “Micky” Newton, Mamie Lorene Burgess Sauls, Emmie Carlton Johnson, Wendy Jo Peavy, Mae Dobbs Jones, Melba Benson Belcher, Elizabeth Bussell Thompson, Freiya Elizabeth Brown
On Sunday, June 6, the Conference worshipped online and in-person and affirmed our common call to ministry and celebrated the call to ordained ministry in the life of one ordinand, Eric Kyle Mayle, and four provisional members, William Rushton Black, Tamara Lynn Humphries, Pamela Vaughn Johnston, and James Patrick Owens. Bishop R. Lawson Bryan preached.
On Monday, June 7, South Georgia United Methodists gathered online for a time of holy conferencing. Bishop R. Lawson Bryan presided over the Annual Conference Session and welcomed delegates and guests to the 2021 Annual Conference session. Gathering under the theme of “Alive Together at the Table,” Bishop Bryan invited the annual conference to celebrate and affirm all that has been accomplished in mission and ministry during the past year. Another historic session, this year’s gathering was again online, and clergy and laity participated from their living rooms, home offices, and churches. Among other agenda items during the one-day session, leaders were elected, a budget was adopted, and appointments were set. The conference expressed words of gratitude to Bishop Bryan who will be retiring on August 31, 2021, after five years in ministry with the South Georgia Conference. Members received greetings from Bishop David Graves, who will begin an interim period of Episcopal oversight to South Georgia on September 1, 2021.This year’s special offering was for the South Georgia Conference Golden Cross Fund.
Each year—traditionally in June for the South Georgia Conference—all clergy members and an equal number of lay members selected from the local churches attend their conference’s Annual Conference session and meet together to worship, fellowship, and conduct the business of the conference, which may last 3-5 days. During these sessions, members of the conference hear reports of past and ongoing work; adopt future goals, programs and budgets; ordain clergy members as deacons and elders; and elect delegates to Jurisdictional and General Conferences (every 4 years). The bishop presides over these meetings.