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Knapp succeeds Morgan as Conference lay leader


After serving seven years as the South Georgia Conference's lay leader, on Saturday, Aug. 15, during the 2020 virtual Annual Conference session, Gloria Morgan passed the torch to J. Knapp.

“It’s been an honor to serve these past seven years,” said Morgan, a member of Pine Forest United Methodist Church in Dublin. “The people of South Georgia are really near and dear to my heart. This Conference is wonderful and my prayer is that everyone will continue to support our church.”

South Georgia Bishop Lawson Bryan expressed his appreciation for Morgan’s service as Conference lay leader for nearly two quadrennia.

“Gloria’s seven years in this role have been marked by effectiveness and fruitfulness,” he said. “That is not surprising when you consider that she has been involved in the life of the South Georgia Conference for many years. She has developed as a Christian leader through her involvement in her local church, in United Methodist Women, and in district and conference responsibilities.  All of that background and experience has come to fruition in her service as our conference lay leader. It has been my personal privilege to work with Gloria over these past four years.”

Morgan thanked her family and the clergy and laity of South Georgia for their support and guidance and praised Knapp’s leadership. 

“I think he’ll make a great lay leader,” she said. “He’s got vision and insight, and I’ve enjoyed working with him.”

Knapp, a member of Thomasville First United Methodist Church who had previously served as the Southwest District’s lay leader, believes laity are critical to the growth and revival of The United Methodist Church. 

“I’m very honored and humbled to be elected and asked to serve as Conference Lay Leader,” Knapp said. ”I really think the laity have got to step up and reclaim the role of leading in ministry. We have to show the world how we can be united in Christ. I am looking forward to working with Bishop Bryan in partnership to strengthen the laity across our Conference.”

Laity Reports from Annual Conference
Lay Leader Address (video - 9:13)
United Methodist Men Report (video - 8:51)
United Methodist Women Report (video - 2:29)

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