Revs. Baxter, Duke-Barton to serve as South Georgia mission liaisons


By Kara Witherow, Editor

Rev. Shannon Baxter and Rev. Garth Duke-Barton have been tapped to serve as South Georgia Conference mission liaisons.

Rev. Baxter, minister of Missions Outreach Ministries at Isle of Hope United Methodist Church in Savannah, is also now serving as the South Georgia Conference’s United Methodist Volunteers In Mission (UMVIM) Conference coordinator.

Rev. Duke-Barton, pastor of Epworth United Methodist Church in Jesup, is also now serving as Conference Secretary for Global Ministries.

“I am thankful that Shannon and Garth have both graciously agreed to serve in these important roles within the life of our Annual Conference,” said Kelly Roberson, Connectional Ministries Team Leader. “Their passion for mission will allow the South Georgia Conference to explore and expand our mission connections so that we can find more ways to be in service in our communities and throughout the world.”

In his role as UMVIM Conference coordinator, Rev. Baxter will serve as a liaison between the South Georgia Conference and the Southeastern Jurisdiction UMVIM. He will also help communicate and share UMVIM’s work and help South Georgia stay connected with the organizations UMVIM relates to.

“I hope to help increase the conference’s awareness of UMVIM, what UMVIM does, and increase the Conference’s knowledge base on who is an UMVIM organization and how they can get involved,” said Rev. Baxter, who also serves as secretary of the SEJ UMVIM board of directors. “There are places all over the country and all over the world that are related to UMVIM and The United Methodist Church as a whole that are doing some amazing work, and anything I can do to get people connected to those individuals and agencies I would love to be able to do.”

United Methodist Volunteers in Mission, SEJ is the short-term mission sending agency of the Southeastern Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church. UMVIM exists to promote, encourage and enable Christians to exemplify “Christian Love in Action” through short-term mission service at home and abroad.

Learn more about the work of UMVIM

Rev. Duke-Barton, now serving as Conference Secretary for Global Ministries, sees the need for both local and international mission efforts.

In his new role, he will help highlight and advance Global Ministries’ mission opportunities and programs.

Rev. Duke Barton wants all individuals and congregations – regardless of size or location – to understand they’re called to mission work.

“I want to help people understand there’s a calling for local, national, and international missions,” he said. Just because you’re not called to one area doesn’t mean you’re not called to some other area.”

A major responsibility of Global Ministries is to connect the various parts of the Church as United Methodists engage in global mission. As a biblically rooted and historically informed organization, Global Ministries facilitates engagement in God's mission.

Learn more about the work of Global Ministries

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