Rev. Reese to serve as Northwest District liaison during Dr. Cooper’s recovery


As Dr. Buddy Cooper, superintendent of the Northwest District, recovers from quintuple bypass surgery, Bishop R. Lawson Bryan and the South Georgia Cabinet are grateful to Rev. Dick Reese for stepping in to serve as the Northwest District’s liaison to the Cabinet. He will also serve as a liaison between the district office and the Northwest District churches.

Rev. Reese, who retired in 2010 after serving 54 years in the South Georgia Conference, brings supervisory experience to this new role, having served as the superintendent of the Waycross District from 1993 until 1999. He’s familiar with the Northwest district, having grown up at Pierce Chapel United Methodist Church in Midland and serving at Epworth United Methodist Church in Columbus. He and his wife, June, now worship at Columbus’ St. Luke United Methodist Church.

“I’m excited to work with the people of the Northwest District,” Rev. Reese said. “I know many of them already, having grown up in Columbus and having served in a church there. We are looking forward to Buddy Cooper recovering and I want to be of any help and service I can to the churches and the people of the district until he is able to come back.”

Dr. Cooper is making strides in his recovery, Bishop Bryan says, but the time frame for his return will be determined by his physicians.

“We thank Dick for being available to the churches and pastors of the Northwest District, and we thank Gail Grantham, the Northwest District’s administrative assistant, for her support and hard work.” Bishop Bryan said. “We continue to pray for Buddy as he recovers and heals.”