Bishop Bryan announces projected Conference-level appointments
Bishop R. Lawson Bryan has released projected appointments for seven Conference-level positions.
All six current district superintendents will be reappointed to serve in their respective districts.
Dr. Wayne Moseley will continue to serve as Coastal District Superintendent; Dr. Rick Lanford will continue as North Central Superintendent; Rev. Chris Ramsey will continue to serve as the Northeast District Superintendent; Dr. Buddy Cooper will continue serving as the Northwest District’s Superintendent; Rev. Henry Bass will continue to serve as the South Central District Superintendent; and Dr. Nita Crump will continue serving as the Southwest District’s Superintendent.
Rev. Denise Walton, Director of Connectional Ministries, has discerned that God is calling her back into the local church setting. Chaplain (Colonel) J. Maddox Woodbery, Jr., will be appointed to serve as Interim Director of Connectional Ministries for the coming conference year.
“I am grateful for all that Denise has done for me, for the Cabinet, and for the conference,” Bishop Bryan said. “We join her in seeking to discern the local church appointment that will best utilize her gifts and experience.”
Chaplain Woodbery will retire from the Army in June after serving 29 years as an extension minister representing the South Georgia Conference and The United Methodist Church. During that time he has remained closely connected to the Conference through his service on the Board of Ordained Ministry. He has also worked closely with the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry through the United Methodist Endorsing Agency, gaining experience and insights to the larger connectional church.
“I’m honored and excited to be joining the Conference and Connectional Ministries team and serving in this capacity,” Chaplain Woodbery said. “Although serving in the Army was a blessing beyond description, Carol and I are thrilled to be coming home.”
Chaplain Woodbery’s experience includes: strategic planning, leadership development, and organizational transformation. For many years he has been given increasing responsibility for a large number of chaplains who are ministering to thousands of U.S. soldiers all over the world. His work has focused on team building, training, and alignment of resources.
“Matt’s widespread pastoral experience and his deep background in strategic planning have equipped him for this very time,” Bishop Bryan said. “The role of the Office of Connectional Ministries is to ‘focus and guide the ministry and mission of the annual conference’ by ensuring the alignment of all resources to achieve our vision. We have clarity when it comes to our vision: Alive Together in Christ.”
When he begins his new role with Connectional Ministries on Aug. 1, Chaplain Woodbery will begin to identify those areas in the entire annual conference that align with the vision of Alive Together in Christ and those areas that can be better aligned.
“Aligning the resources of the annual conference to fulfill the vision is one of the key responsibilities of the Office of Connectional Ministries,” Bishop Bryan said. “I thank Matt for the leadership he will be giving in this area over the coming year. It will be good to have Matt and Carol at home in South Georgia.”
Bishop Bryan and the Appointive Cabinet continue their work to prayerfully discern the pastoral appointment changes. They will meet nearly weekly through April to make decisions and to prayerfully seek God’s guidance. Throughout the process District Superintendents will continue to be in conversation with congregations and clergy.
“Thank you for your prayers for me and for the Cabinet as we fulfill our responsibilities in the appointment making process,” Bishop Bryan said. “Our goal is to seek appointments that best enable our local churches and our clergy to be Alive Together in Christ.”
Different than in years past, appointments will not be released on a week-by-week basis as they are made, but rather will be released at the same time, to local churches on April 23 and to the public, via the Conference website, on April 24.
All appointments are considered firm projections pending the official announcement at the conclusion of the Annual Conference session on June 7, on Jekyll Island.