Welcome to South Georgia! Bishop Lawson Bryan has been assigned to the South Georgia Conference of The UMC


Photo courtesy of Mary-Catherine Phillips, Alabama-West Florida Conference UMC

Bishop Robert Lawson Bryan has been assigned to the South Georgia Conference and will serve as our bishop for the next four years. The assignment begins Sept. 1.

Bishop Bryan was elected bishop on July 13 by the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference. He is currently serving as senior pastor at Montgomery First United Methodist Church in Montgomery, Ala., in the Alabama West-Florida Conference.

Following his election he stated, “It is an honor to be elected by colleagues in our jurisdiction and to see God at work. For the past year, I have referenced Ephesians 2:5, ‘Alive Together in Christ’ and ask for your prayers as I seek God’s will as a leader in our SEJ Conference.” 

Bishop Bryan will become one of 13 active bishops serving the episcopal areas of the 15 annual conferences that make up the Southeastern Jurisdiction.

Episcopal Assignments

  • Alabama-West Florida - Bishop David Graves
  • Charlotte - Bishop Paul L. Leeland
  • Florida - Bishop Ken Carter
  • Columbia - Bishop Jonathan Holston
  • Holston - Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor
  • Louisville - Bishop Leonard Fairley
  • Mississippi - Bishop James Swanson
  • Nashville - Bishop Bill McAlilly
  • North Georgia - Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson
  • Raleigh - Bishop Hope Morgan Ward
  • Richmond - Bishop Sharma Lewis
  • Birmingham - Bishop Debbie Wallace-Padgett
  • South Georgia - Bishop Lawson Bryan