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Witness Team Awards

Denman Evangelism Award

Do you know a pastor or lay person in the South Georgia Annual Conference who has distinguished themselves in the area of evangelism? If so, then you are encouraged to submit his or her name to be nominated for the Denman Evangelism Award. For more information about this award, click here.

Each year, the Denman Evangelism Award recognizes a pastor, a lay person and a youth who are effective in developing true disciples of Jesus Christ in keeping with United Methodist history and tradition. The deadline to submit a nomination is April 1 of each year. 


Click here to download the Denman Evangelism Award nomination form.


The Carl and Ruth Looney Scholarship

The Carl and Ruth Looney Scholarship was established by Bishop Richard C. Looney,  who was elected the first Bishop of the South Georgia Annual Conference in 1988 where he served for 12 years.  After retirement, he served as President of The Foundation for Evangelism and as the Episcopal Director of the Foundation. He continues to serve as Episcopal Director Emeritus for the Foundation since his retirement.


The scholarship funds, up to $1000 per application, are available to South Georgia clergy to be used for learning and development opportunities specifically around evangelism.  


Bishop Looney has always had a heart for evangelism and was selected by the Foundation for Evangelism as the 2014 Distinguished Evangelist of The United Methodist Church.  For more information about the award, please contact Suzanne Akins,


Click here to download the Carl and Ruth Looney Evangelism scholarship application.

The Witness Team is responsible for assisting churches by:

  • Training and motivating growing Christians to share their faith and lead others to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior
  • Sponsoring training in witnessing
  • Sponsoring training in lay speaking
  • Sponsoring specific events to equip our congregations to reach the unchurched in our communities with the gospel 
  • Intentional hospitality

Staff person related to the Witness Team: Suzanne Akins (

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