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Bishop Graves announces new Conference staff positions

2/28/2022

Bishop David Graves, resident bishop of the South Georgia Conference, has announced three conference staff positions. 

Mrs. Kelly Roberson will become the new Assistant to the Bishop & Director of Conference Ministries/Communications. She will continue her duties as communications director and connectional ministries team leader with additional responsibilities to assist Bishop Graves. Roberson is a lifelong United Methodist and has worked for the South Georgia Annual Conference since 2001. She has served at all levels of the Church, including on the general church Standing Committee on Central Conference Matters, the General Commission on Communication, the SEJ Committee on Coordination and Accountability, and various conference and district committees. She has also served as a delegate to General and Jurisdictional Conferences. 

In her new role, Roberson will assist the bishop in overseeing, focusing, and guiding the mission and ministries of the South Georgia Conference to align with the Conference’s vision, strategic goals, and priorities. She will continue to develop and guide the implementation strategies for effective communication among the annual conference, districts, and local churches. 

“Kelly is a gifted and talented resource for the South Georgia Conference,” Bishop Graves said. “She is a denominational leader in the field of communications and will continue to manage that ministry area while expanding her leadership capacity for all conference ministries. She knows the South Georgia Conference as well as anyone and will be a tremendous asset to me in the role of the Assistant to the Bishop around the ministries for this great conference. I am grateful for her knowledge, deep faith, and the expertise she has demonstrated for more than 20 years.”

Rev. Abra Lattany-Reed will be appointed as Director of Diversity and Justice Ministries in the Office of Connectional Ministries. She is currently the pastor of Harper’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Baxley and will continue serving the congregation until July 1. 

Rev. Lattany-Reed is a bi-vocational pastor, working as the Chief of Administrative Operations for the Department of Justice, United States Marshals Service at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Brunswick. Before being appointed to Harper’s Chapel UMC she served as an associate director in the Office of Connectional Ministries.

In her new appointment, Rev. Lattany-Reed will direct the Conference’s strategic efforts in diversity, equity, belonging, and advocacy and will help implement these practices in all areas of Conference and local church ministry. Working closely with Bishop Graves, Conference staff, and Conference leaders, Rev. Lattany-Reed will implement a holistic and impactful equity and inclusion strategy across the conference and focus on initiatives to create a culture of belonging and justice at all levels of the Church.

“You’ve heard me say that during my time with you as your bishop, I want to lead in a way that continues the work of the South Georgia Conference as we strive to do our part to change systems of injustice,” Bishop Graves said. “Abra is uniquely equipped to help us do this work. She is a true servant leader with tremendous gifts and graces whose unique combination of experience in ministry and management will serve the South Georgia Conference well.”

Mrs. Anne Bosarge will serve as the Director of Leadership Strategies and Local Church Resources in the Office of Connectional Ministries. Bosarge has served at The Chapel Ministries in Brunswick for 14 years and served at St. Simons Island United Methodist Church for five years prior. During her time working in the local church, Bosarge has held a variety of roles including Family Ministries Director, Discipleship Director, Multi-Campus Director, and most recently Campus Pastor of The Chapel Online. For the past two years she has also served the South Georgia Conference as Associate Director of Congregational Development, working in the area of church revitalization and leadership development. 

In this new role, Bosarge, in collaboration with conference staff and leaders, will oversee the development, implementation, and evaluation of resources to align with the Conference’s mission and strategic ministry goals and priorities. She will support and assist local churches to be invitational and missional and will provide oversight to lay leadership training.

“As I have traveled around South Georgia getting to know the laity and clergy of the conference it has been clear that local churches want to do their very best to reach out in mission and ministry,” Bishop Graves said. “Recognizing this need, I have asked Anne to move into this new role to help equip local churches. She has been doing this work with congregational development and will expand it even further as she brings her energy, passion, and creativity to help local churches discover how they are uniquely called to be a part of expanding the Kingdom of God.” 

Roberson and Bosarge will begin their new roles March 1. Rev. Lattany-Reed will begin her new part-time appointment July 1.

“What I love about the Bishop's decision with these three new positions is that we already know what we will be getting! Kelly, Anne, and Abra have all served our Annual Conference and our local churches so well,” said Rev. Scott Tucker, chairman of the Conference personnel committee and senior pastor of Isle of Hope United Methodist Church in Savannah. “They are known already as modeling the kind of creativity, collaboration, and compassion we need to inspire our leaders right now.”

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