Last month, Allison Lindsey announced she will be stepping down from her role as director of Connectional Ministries effective Aug. 15. As a new grandmother, she now has the opportunity to provide daily care for her 10-week-old grandson, Mac.
While we rejoice in this new role for Allison, we will miss her leadership as Director of Connectional Ministries. Allison has served South Georgia so effectively, both as a member of the Connectional Ministries staff and as director of that ministry for the past year. The good news is that Allison is willing to use her experience and expertise to assist us with OnBoarding and other training events in local churches, when her schedule is able to accommodate.
During this time, from now until the end of our conference year next June, it is clear we need interim leadership, someone who knows the Connectional Ministries staff well and has a history of working with them very effectively.
After a discussion with the Appointive Cabinet and other conference staff including Human Resources Director Eleanor Dickson and Conference Personnel Committee chairman Scott Tucker, I have decided to appoint Kelly Roberson as Team Leader of Connectional Ministries for this interim period. She will continue her role as Director of Communications.
Kelly’s outstanding work is known and respected in South Georgia and beyond, and she already knows and works with the many laity and clergy who currently lead specific aspects of the work of Connectional Ministries. These include: Disaster Response, Safe Sanctuaries training, Camp Connect/Age-Level Ministries, officer training, Discipleship Teams, Hispanic Ministry Advisory Group, and the African-American Ministry Advisory Group. I want to thank each of these persons for their willingness to continue these important ministries in our conference.
Allison's end of employment date will be Aug. 15. Kelly's start date for the dual roles of Communications and Connectional Ministries will be Aug. 16. On behalf of the South Georgia Conference I want to express our gratitude to these two devoted Christian leaders who have done so much to model what it means to be Alive Together in Christ.