Bishop Bryan names who will serve on two task forces

11/20/2017

Bishop R. Lawson Bryan today announced the names of South Georgia clergy and laity who will serve on two task forces approved during the 2017 Annual Conference session: a task force on Coordinated Action on Behalf of Undocumented Neighbors and a task force on multiculturalism.

The first, a task force on Coordinated Action on Behalf of Undocumented Neighbors, will look at developing a strategy to educate clergy and laity about the history of immigration and human and civil rights concerning undocumented members of society. They will also work to encourage South Georgia United Methodists to engage in concrete Wesleyan works of piety and mercy towards their undocumented neighbors. The task force will be chaired by the Rev. Brett Maddocks, associate pastor at St. Luke United Methodist Church in Columbus.

Members named to this task force are:

Laity:  Elaine Chavez, Angelyn Tripp, Moises Velez, Debra Williams  

Clergy: David Diaz, Daniel Medina, Ken Morgan, Ivelisse Quiñones, Felipe Ricardo, Isaac Salgado

Connectional Ministries Staff Representative: Rev. Earnestine Campbell

The second, a task force on multiculturalism, will consider the implications of multiculturalism education in the South Georgia Conference. Chairing this task force is Rev. Patricia Burns, pastor of Putney United Methodist Church.

Members named to this task force are:

Laity:  Ariana Berksteiner, Jaime Gallaga, Beverly Madron, Gloria Morgan, Denise Rooks, Yolanda Sewell, Patsy Thomas

Clergy: Columbus Burns, David Diaz, Stacey Harwell-Dye, Jin Won Park, Ashley Randall, Antonio Sutton, Melissa Traver

Connectional Ministries Staff Representative: Rev. Earnestine Campbell

“A lot of prayer and consultation has gone into naming these two task forces,” Bishop Bryan said. “I am thankful to each of these persons for their willingness to serve.”  

Each task force will begin meeting regularly next month and will present a report at the 2018 South Georgia Annual Conference session.