Annual Conference is a special time to celebrate ministry milestones and achievements, from those just entering the ministry to those taking the next step of their journey into retirement.
On Monday morning the South Georgia Annual Conference celebrated with those clergy who have served in ministry for 50 years and those who are entering into a retired relationship with the Annual Conference.
Clergy recognized for having served 50 years in ministry include:
Rev. Mira L. Barrett
Rev. Thomas W. Davis
Rev. Lyndal C. Hurley
Rev. John W. Powell
Rev. Donald R. Wood
Rev. Donald R. Youmans
Clergy honored for retiring this year:
Henry C. Bass - 40 Years of Service
David Michael Boggs - 9 Years of Service
Joseph A. Cannon, Sr. - 29 Years of Service
Edwin M Cooper, Jr. - 45 Years of Service
Frank Danner - 5 Years of Service
Loretta Dunbar - 22 Years of Service
Pamela L. France - 17 Years of Service
Cynthia Cox Garrard - 35 Years of Service
Cleo McRae Gilchrist - 16 Years of Service
David Carroll Griffin - 15 Years of Service
John H. Harrington - 12 Years of Service
Etta Joyce Harris - 16 Years of Service
Thomas H. Johnson, Jr. - 36 Years of Service
Beverly E. King - 15 Years of Service
Dennis B. Lanning - 27 Years of Service
Robert Earl McDaniel - 39 Years of Service
Joseph Eddie Morrison, Jr. - 17 Years of Service
Rex L. Odom - 30 Years of Service
Jeffery Alan Seeley - 38 Years of Service
John H. Stephens, III - 26 Years of Service
"Celebrating with retiring clergy was certainly one of the highlights of this Annual Conference session,” said Dr. Brad Brady, Conference Relations Chair of the Board of Ordained Ministry and senior pastor at Perry United Methodist Church. “Retirees expressed gratitude to the churches and ministries they have served, and the lay persons and clergy with whom they were privileged to develop deep relationships.
“It was inspiring to hear these clergy persons share personal aspects of the bold faith it took for them to respond to God's unanticipated call to ministry. Each shared how God blessed their faithfulness beyond anything they could have imagined,” he said.
During the Board of Ordained Ministry report on Monday morning, individuals were also recognized for achieving milestones and achievements.
Received into their new relationship with the conference as Elders and Full Conference Members: Jeremy Scott Alexander, Joshua Otto Gale, Theodore Adriel Goshorn, Kirk Carruth Hagan, and Gregory Elliott Harrison.
Elected into provisional membership were: Elder track - Robert Michael Bankston, Jonathan William Beckum, David Wesley Donnan, Jeremiah Haynes Martin, Mark J. Miller, and Matthew Steven Stout.
“Even though this was a year of uncertainty in the denomination, the 19 new certified candidates, the 17 new licensed local pastors, and the 11 clergy either being ordained or commissioned bear testimony to the fact that God is still moving in the South Georgia conference and enlisting men and women into ministry,” said Dr. Jay Harris, Conference Director of Ministerial Services.
Others highlighted during the Board of Ministry report were:
New Certified Candidates: Christopher Archambeault, Margaret A. Bloodworth, Jeremy Lee Crosby, Kurt Dukes, Cecilia Eisentraeger, Franklin D. Fletcher, John Dale Giefing, William Andy Ginn, Brantley Horton, Carolyn Hurley, William Michael Miller, Chris Pavlovsky, Herbert Stephen Peavy, Cheryl Roach, Leanette Roberson, Shelly R. Sims, Trevor L. Ward, Charles E. Way, Wesley Webb, Lauren West, and Thomas G. Whatley.
New Licensed Local Pastors: Chris Archambeault, Maggie Bloodworth, Jeremy Lee Crosby, Franklin D. Fletcher, John Dale Giefing, William Andy Ginn, Brantley Horton, Michael Miller, Chris Pavlovsky, Herbert Stephen Peavy, Cheryl Roach, Shelly R. Sims, Stephen Carlson Waite, Trevor L. Ward, Charles E. Way, Wesley Webb, and Thomas Whatley.
2019 Licensing School Students: Christopher Archambeault, Margaret A. Bloodworth, Jeremy Lee Crosby, Kurt Dukes, Franklin D. Fletcher, John Dale Giefing, William Andy Ginn, Brantley Horton, Carolyn Hurley, William Michael Miller, Herbert Stephen Peavy, Cheryl Roach, Trevor L. Ward, Charles E. Way, Wesley Webb, Thomas G. Whatley, and Jerry Chandler (CLM Candidate).
2018-2019 Young Clergy Academy Interns: Tripp Anderson - Metter UMC, Clay Boerner - Statesboro First UMC, Ashley Fenstermaker - Georgia Southern Wesley Foundation, Amanda Gail - Isle of Hope UMC, John Dale Giefing - LaGrange College, Austin McMillan - Kennesaw State Wesley Foundation, Rebecca Paul - Wesley UMC, and Sarah Pounds - Macon Wesley & Mulberry Street UMC.
On Monday morning during the Alive Together in the World moment, 27 individuals were recognized for completing the Certified Lay Ministry Course this past year: Gary Beard, Andy Capshaw, J.J. Collins, Evan Dixon, Kristopher Dockery, Mike Fordham, Steve Gilbert, Michael Gillen, Chester Harris, Harrell Hemingway, Lolita Hemingway, Joshua Holley, Lori Howell-Miller, Kim Hunter, Edward Jackson, Diane Jennings, VaCountess Johnson, Shirley Kirby, Lori McCalvin, John Miller, Thomas Parrish, Nicholas Pumfrey, Rebecca Ramsey, Jenna Rhodes, Jessica Stanley, Nicole Walker, and Tony Walsh.
Rev. Scott Tucker, chair of the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry, shared that this year the South Georgia Conference has a higher number of new certified candidates for ministry and newly licensed local pastors, and the conference also commissioned and ordained more ministers than in many years.
He expressed appreciation to the clergy of the South Georgia Annual Conference.
“This is a celebration of the effective ministry of our current clergy,” Rev. Tucker said. “We know that ‘like produces like.’ Healthy and effective pastors will nurture a climate where other women and men will hear and respond to a call from God.”
He also expressed appreciation to the laity of the South Georgia Annual Conference.
“Women and men in South Georgia are committed to a vital and growing expression of the Methodist movement so they are hearing and answering God's call to ministry,” Rev. Tucker said. “We have more candidates, more licensed local pastors, more persons to commission and ordain. Despite the distractions in our denomination, folks here in South Georgia are leaning in, leading in faith, and offering themselves to serve Christ through the church.”