Bishop James R. King, Jr. has named 12 people to a newly formed District Study Team. Comprised of six clergy and six lay members, the group will study the alignment of districts in the South Georgia Conference and make a recommendation to the Annual Conference during the 2012 Annual Conference session.
During the 2011 Annual Conference session, held June 5-9 in Tifton, Helen Rhea Stumbo, a member of Fort Valley United Methodist Church presented a motion to study the feasibility and cost-saving implications of reducing the number of districts by at least one.
“I want them to … listen to the different agencies, organizations and individuals in this Conference and to the bishops of other Annual Conferences who have already reduced their districts for financial or ministry reasons,” Bishop King said. “My hope is that they will listen well and make sound recommendations based on what they’re hearing and that all of that will come together sometime in April or May. I hope to have recommendations that can be integrated into my comprehensive Project Turnaround plan.”
Bishop King has named the following people to the task force:
Chair - Rev. Cindy Autry, Executive Director of the Georgia United Methodist Commission on Higher Education and Campus Ministry (Columbus District)
Rev. Mike McAfee, retired (Columbus District)
Rev. Andrew Young II, pastor of New Covenant UMC in Savannah (Savannah District)
Rev. Robert Greene, pastor of Vidalia First UMC (Dublin District)
Rev. Jay Harris, pastor of Martha Bowman UMC in Macon (Macon District)
Rev. David Thompson, pastor of Cordele First UMC (Americus District)
Helen Rhea Stumbo, a member of Fort Valley UMC (Macon District)
Robert Anderson, a member of South Columbus UMC (Columbus District)
Milton Clements, a member of Douglas First UMC (Waycross District)
Bonnie Kelly, a member of Central UMC in Fitzgerald (Valdosta District)
Richard Vanlandingham, a member of Cairo First UMC (Thomasville District)
Lynn Walker, a member of Brooklet UMC (Statesboro District)