Awards presented at Annual Conference Session
Evangelistic awards were presented during the 2013 Annual Conference session to churches in each district which 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.
Heritage United Methodist Church in Macon was the overall conference leader in the largest net gain in membership and led the conference in the largest number of professions of faith. Gibson United Methodist Church, of the Dublin District, 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. Luke UMC
Highest Per Capita Given to Missions: Friendship UMC
Top Churches in Giving: Liberty, Vineville, St. Paul, Forest Hills, Pittman Park, Surrency, Wynnton, Riverside, Statesboro First, Lizella
Church of the Year: St. Paul UMC
Harry Jackson Group of the Year: Lizella UMC
Outstanding Contribution Award: Liberty UMC
Servant Leadership Award: Rev. Buddy Cooper
Open Door Community House, Inc.
The Mrs. Butch Deaton “Living the Vision” Award: John Martin
Outstanding Financial Stewardship in Charitable Contributions: St. Luke UMC (highest giving) and Midway 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, Cordele First, Albany First, St. Paul, St. Marys, St. Simons, Ellaville, Thomasville First, St. Luke, Scotland.
South Georgia Black Methodist Church Renewal Distinguished Service Awards
Harry Hoosier Award Winner: Rev. Earl James
Mary McCloud Bethune Award Winner: Rev. Denise Walton
Rev. Joseph Roberson Advocacy: Clemon DeRamus, South Columbus UMC
Methodist Home for Children and Youth
Top Church by Giving: St. Marys UMC
Top Church per Capita: Ellis Chapel UMC
Top District in Total Giving and Per Capita: Macon District
Arthur Moore Methodist Museum
Award for Historic Preservation: Dr. Martha Tootle Cain
Commission on Higher Education and Campus Ministry
Asbury Award for Outstanding Ministry to College Students: Rev. Enoch Hendry
Bishop King recognized 21 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 108 Four-Star Pastors.
Annette W. Brooks
Francis L. Ford
J. Keith Goodlett
Donna Sue Roberts
John H. Stephens, III