Rhodes newly appointed United Methodist Men’s president


By Kara Witherow, Editor

Donald Rhodes is the newly appointed president for the United Methodist Men of the South Georgia Conference. He has served in various capacities in the local UMM unit at Warner Robins First United Methodist Church, including two years as president. This is his first Conference level service with UMM.

The native and lifelong resident of Warner Robins was introduced during the 2016 Annual Conference session and began his four-year term of service July 1.

He and his wife, Theresa, live in Warner Robins and are active members of Warner Robins First United Methodist Church. Rhodes, who holds a Bachelor’s degree in economics from Mercer University, a Master’s degree in Business Management from Georgia College and State University, and an advanced degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Georgia, currently serves as the church administrator for Warner Robins First UMC.

Community leadership positions Rhodes has held include serving on the Alumni Board of the College of Liberal Arts at Mercer University and the Alumni Board of Georgia College and State University, and one term as president of the Alumni Association of Georgia College and State University. He currently serves on the Board of Visitor’s for the Georgia College and State University Foundation Board.

Rhodes believes that relationships built through United Methodist Men units allow men to live out their mission to make disciples in their daily lives.

“It is vital that all men work on their spiritual lives so they may provide examples and be supports for other men in their faith journey,” he said. “I think we have to take every opportunity to be a witness to whomever God may place before us daily, and thus, we are making disciples for the Kingdom one individual at a time.”

As UMM president, Rhodes hopes to inspire South Georgia’s UMM leadership team to connect with men’s ministries across the conference.

“Our goal is to improve the overall communications with our local churches and to celebrate the accomplishments of our men as they serve Christ in all of their varied activities,” he said. “We focus on evangelism, missions, and spiritual growth.”

When not working or focusing on his UMM duties, Rhodes and his wife enjoy Mercer University basketball and football. They teach Sunday school at Warner Robins First UMC and enjoy traveling and spending time with family and friends.