Bishop King announces projected Conference-level appointments


Bishop James King has released projected appointments for four Conference-level positions including two new District Superintendents. They will begin serving in their new appointments following the June Annual Conference session.

Dr. Marcus Tripp will become the Dublin District Superintendent, Rev. Chris Ramsey will be assigned as the Statesboro District Superintendent, Rev. Denise Walton will serve as Assistant to the Bishop for Connectional Ministries, and Dr. Jay Harris will become the Assistant to the Bishop for Ministerial Services.

As the appointive District Superintendent of the Dublin District, Dr. Marcus Tripp will follow Rev. Denise Walton, who is in her second year of service to the district. Dr. Tripp, a native of Savannah, graduated from Emory College and Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He and his wife, Jan, have two daughters, two sons-in-law, and two granddaughters. Dr. Tripp, who served as the Waycross District Superintendent from 1999 to 2003, is currently the senior pastor of Macon’s Vineville United Methodist Church.

“Receiving this call from Bishop King was a great surprise,” Dr. Tripp said. “It will be a challenge and a joy to lead the Dublin District this next year in mission and ministry, while also helping prepare for transition should the Conference point us in that direction.”

Rev. Chris Ramsey will succeed Dr. Ben Martin as Statesboro District Superintendent. Dr. Martin will follow Rev. Creede Hinshaw, who is retiring, as senior pastor of Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church in Savannah. Rev. Ramsey is a native of Waterford, Ohio, and has served at Brunswick First United Methodist Church and Trinity United Methodist Church in Tifton.  A graduate of Ohio University and Asbury Theological Seminary, Rev. Ramsey and his wife, Jane, have three children and three grandchildren. He is presently serving Vienna and Shiloh United Methodist Churches.

“I’m excited and look forward to serving Christ alongside the pastors and laity of the Statesboro District,” Rev. Ramsey said. “Christ has charged us with a holy commission to make disciples for Him and to grow a Christlike world. My hope and prayer is that, as we grow and learn together, we fulfill our purpose of representing the nature and love of God in Jesus Christ, by being a sacred presence in our district, our conference, and the world.”

Rev. Denise Walton will succeed Dr. Brad Brady as assistant to the Bishop for Connectional Ministries. Dr. Brady, who is being appointed to Perry United Methodist Church, is completing his fourth year in this position. Rev. Walton grew up in Columbus and has two adult sons and one granddaughter. A graduate of Columbus State University and Candler School of Theology at Emory University, she is presently serving as the Dublin District Superintendent.

“As a district superintendent, many aspects of the ministry are challenging,” Rev. Walton said. “However, my greatest joy has been the privilege to join laity, clergy, men, women, seasoned saints, youth and young adults in collaborative efforts of disciple-making ministries. As I move into my new role of Assistant to the Bishop for Connectional Ministries, I am thankful to Bishop King and look forward to ministry and partnership with members of the cabinet, the elected leadership of the Annual Conference, the dedicated staff of Connectional Ministries, clergy and laity. My deepest prayer remains that the people of God come together in a shared mission and vision with love and unity. Some plant and others water, but God will provide the increase.”

Dr. Jay Harris has been appointed as the Assistant to the Bishop for Ministerial Services, a new appointment made by the merging of two positions, Assistant to the Bishop for Administration and Director of Ministerial Services. The current Director of Ministerial Services, Rev. Gene Cochran, will retire in June.

A native of Albany, Dr. Harris graduated from LaGrange College, Candler School of Theology at Emory University and McCormick Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Kay, have three adult children. He is presently serving as senior pastor of Macon’s Martha Bowman Memorial United Methodist Church.

“In this position I’ll be serving the Bishop, the Board of Ordained Ministry, and the men and women who are in the process of responding to God’s call to ministry,” Dr. Harris said. “I enjoyed the work I did serving for four years as the Board of Ordained Ministry’s registrar, and realized how important it is to be able to help manage, tweak and improve the process to ensure that we employ the best equipped clergy for service in our Conference. I hope that I can fulfill something important for the Conference and make a difference this way.”

Bishop King and the Appointive Cabinet continue their work to prayerfully discern the pastoral appointment changes.

Those interested in following the appointment-making process may access currently projected appointments by visiting the conference website ( The next posting to the projected appointment list will be on Sunday, March 24.

All appointments appearing online are considered firm projections pending the official announcement at the conclusion of the Annual Conference session on June 4, in Macon.



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