South Georgians elected to serve on general church boards
By Kara Witherow, Editor
Two South Georgia United Methodists, Dr. Brad Brady and Allison Lindsey, have been nominated and elected to serve on general church agency boards by the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference.
Dr. Brady, assistant to the bishop for Connectional Ministries, has been elected to serve on the Connectional Table. Established by the 2004 General Conference, the Connectional Table oversees the coordination of mission, ministries and resources across the denomination. The purpose of the Connectional Table is to discern and articulate the vision for the church and the stewardship of the mission, ministries, and resources of The United Methodist Church as determined by General Conference and in consultation with the Council of Bishops.
With Wesley at Frederica United Methodist Church on St. Simons Island as his charge conference, Dr. Brady has served in various capacities in the South Georgia Conference since 1980. In 2008, he was elected to serve as the 2009-2012 Jurisdictional Conference Secretary, with primary responsibilities being the planning and implementation of the 2012 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference Session.
“It is an honor to be elected to the Connectional Table,” Dr. Brady said. “Following Charlene Black and Bishop King’s participation in previous quadrennia, I look forward to joining others who are prayerfully seeking the best ways to awaken and align our resourceful church for disciple-formation.”
The Connectional Table includes 47 members who are elected from U.S. jurisdictional and overseas conferences in Africa, Asia and Europe and are composed of: clergy and lay representatives; a bishop selected by the Council of Bishops; general agency top executives and most presidents; one youth and one young adult from the Board of Discipleship’s Division on Ministries with Young People; and members from the denomination’s racial and ethnic caucuses.
“The recent General Conference in Tampa indicated clear consensus around direction and compatible structural adjustments,” Dr. Brady said. “Now the challenge will be to find appropriate ways to articulate disciplinary language for 2016 legislation and implement the systemic change we can in the interim. I look forward to expanding my understanding of our global church and to finding ways to further share the rich dimensions of our connection with our local churches and annual conference.”
Lindsey, an associate director for Connectional Ministries, was elected to serve on the General Board of Global Ministries. The General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM) is the global mission agency of The United Methodist Church, its annual conferences, missionary conferences, and local congregations.
“I am very excited about serving on the General Board of Global Ministries,” said Lindsey, a member of Douglas First United Methodist Church who also serves as the Conference’s secretary of global ministries. “I think it will enrich my role, give me an even broader picture of the connection and give me more to bring back to the table to our conference.”
Lindsey said she looks forward to serving with board members from around the world.
“That’s one thing I loved so much about the connection at General Conference,” she said. “That same connection will be evident on this board. I realize that I have a lot to learn, but I’m very excited about the opportunity.”
With personnel, programs, and mission partners in 136 countries, GBGM facilitates international and domestic mission, including missionary service and is committed to connecting the church in mission.
The Southeastern Jurisdiction nominated and elected a total of 44 people to serve on general church boards and agencies. Dr. Edwin “Buddy” Cooper and Kelly Roberson represented the South Georgia Conference on the nominations committee.
“I am delighted that Kelly and I were able to do ‘good’ with our two slots,” Dr. Cooper said. “Brad brings tremendous administrative skills and experience to the Connectional Table and Allison will serve on the General Board of Global Ministries and be a voice for our young adults and for the Southeastern Jurisdiction. The nominations committee … met for hours and carefully grinded out the nominations. There was a good spirit in our committee and we helped each other out when we could.”
With Lindsey’s and Dr. Brady’s elections, there will be a total of seven South Georgia United Methodists serving on general church boards. During the denomination’s General Conference session, three South Georgia lay persons were elected to serve on the general church level of The United Methodist Church. South Georgia Conference Chancellor Warren Plowden, a member of Macon’s Vineville United Methodist Church, was elected as a lay alternate to The United Methodist Church’s Judicial Council, the denomination’s highest judicial body; Kelly Roberson, Conference director of communications and member of The Chapel in Brunswick, was elected to serve on the Church’s Standing Committee on Central Conference Matters; and Kay Bush, a member of Bainbridge First United Methodist Church, was elected as a member of the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA). Also, Judi Fergus, director of the Arthur J. Moore Methodist Museum on St. Simons Island and a member of Wesley at Frederica UMC, was elected to serve on the General Commission on Archives and History. During the 2012 Jurisdictional Conference, Larry Price was elected president of the Southeastern Jurisdiction United Methodist Men, and will therefore sit on the General Commission of the UMM.
Several from the South Georgia Conference were also elected to serve on the jurisdictional level. Dr. Bob Moon, senior pastor of Valdosta First United Methodist Church, will serve on the Southeastern Jurisdiction’s Council on Finance and Administration. Rev. Jimmy Cason, senior pastor of Statesboro First United Methodist Church, and Dr. Ben Martin, superintendent of the Statesboro District, were nominated by the College of Bishops and elected by the SEJ to serve on the Committee on Investigation. Rev. Denise Walton, superintendent of the Dublin District, was nominated by the College of Bishops and elected by the SEJ to serve on the Committee on Program and Arrangements for the 2016 Jurisdictional Conference. Dr. Steve Rumford, president of the Methodist Home for Children and Youth, was nominated by the College of Bishops and elected by the SEJ to serve on the Committee on Appeals.