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Monday - April 14, 2014
A Holy Week Message from Dr. Jeremy Pridgeon

(Dr. Jeremy Pridgeon) - Throughout the world, the church shouted "Hosanna!" and waved palm branches commemorating the Triumphal Entry of Jesus into the Holy City of Jerusalem. I had the privilege today to preach at the St. Luke United Methodist Church in Pensacola, taking part in their observance of Palm Sunday at the beginning of this Holy Week. The congregation received 16 new members today, four of whom were baptized as they professed their faith in Christ. Pastors from across the district have shared with me the very strong attendance in their services this morning.

This week, crowds will make their way into sanctuaries across our district and conference to remember events that transpired nearly 2,000 years ago. I personally am preaching on Holy Monday and Maundy Thursday and I know all of you are busily preparing to lead worship several times in the upcoming days. My prayer is that God will be glorified through our efforts to make the message of Christ known in this season. 

I shared this morning that one of my struggles has always been how a crowd could turn on Jesus so quickly. There are certainly explanations for this, such as Jesus' refusal to declare the tax unlawful and his base of support being angered with his response to the point they realized he was not going to establish a political kingdom. But one idea put forth by Dr. James Fleming that I resonate with is the possibility of their being two crowds: a Sunday crowd shouting "Hosanna" and a different Friday crowd shouting "Crucify Him!" This approach leaves us with a simple question: What do we do with Jesus? The truth of the matter is, there are still two crowds today, one shouting "hosanna" and another yelling "crucify." Every generation has to answer for themselves on what they will do with Jesus.

Before we declare ourselves to always be in the "Hosanna" crowd however, we too must remember that even Jesus' closest companions - his disciples - denied him and deserted him as his death on the cross drew near. We all have had moments where we lived in ways that made us look much more like the Friday crowd than we would care to admit. But as Bishop Will Willimon notes in his book Why Jesus?, our sin is not the end of the story. This is God's story and God is faithful; his steadfast love endures forever.

As we walk with Christ this week - as long as we can before we, like Peter and the others bail, or like Judas, we betray him - I pray we would sense Christ's passion for us and the world anew in a deep and meaningful way. Let us remember that God's steadfast love endures forever. And when we find ourselves at the foot of the cross on a Friday afternoon, when the skies are dark, and it seems that death has had the final say in this story, may we have the faith to keep watch and pray. Not to give it away, but God's steadfast love endures forever - and not even death will be able to stop it.

Thursday - April 10, 2014
Open Doors, Inc. Announces First Distribution

Celeste Eubanks, chair of the Open Doors, Inc. board of directors, has announced the first distribution of funds in support of community ministries in the Mobile District of the United Methodist Church. On February 18, 2014, the board approved recommendations by the Distribution Committee for allocating $20,000 in funds generated by the Open Doors Resale and Thrift Store in 2013.

“This distribution of funds is very important to the store volunteers,” stated Sarah Doyle, chair of the store committee. “We have been working very hard since December 2012 to meet this objective. The only reason we have the store is to help fund community ministries of interest to Methodists.”

Community ministries supported by the first distribution are:
Babies First Program of the United Methodist Children’s Home
Dumas Wesley Community Center
Community Outreach, West Wilmer United Methodist Church
Metro Jail Ministry of the Mobile Area Interfaith Conference
United Methodist Inner City Mission
Wesley Foundation, University of South Alabama

In addition to the distribution of funds to these organizations, the Open Doors board created a trust fund that will provide perpetual support for Methodist supported community ministries.

The board is considering a second distribution in the summer 2014, dependent on available funds by that time. In addition to current recipients, it is anticipated that other organizations and churches providing community ministries will have an opportunity to apply and be considered for an allocation.

Open Doors, Inc. was founded in 2012 as a strategy for generating support for Methodist community ministries and other programs of interest to Methodists in the Mobile District. The “Methodists on Mission” theme provides a focus for living the Gospel and teachings of the church.

The Open Doors Resale and Thrift Store began with a Christmas Shop at St. Mark United Methodist in December 2012, followed by monthly sales at Pleasant Valley United Methodist for April, May, June and July 2013 before moving to its full-time location at 4125 Government Boulevard in August.

Rev. Charles Fail is credited with founding the store under the banner of Open Doors, Inc. He retired from full-time duty as a pastor in January and now serves as the store director with responsibility for building and maintaining support in the Methodist community.

“We are just getting started,” continued Sarah Doyle. “The store has had remarkable support by Methodists and is well received by the community in general with a continuous flow of donations and shoppers. Our store volunteers have been a tremendous part of the store’s success. We need more volunteers to help us reach full potential with donations, merchandizing and sales.”

Information about Open Doors, Inc. is available at Information about the store is available by request at or by calling 251.661-5661.

Sunday - March 30, 2014
Bishop Names Eckert to AWF Cabinet

(Montgomery, AL) – Bishop Paul L. Leeland announces that Dr. Chris Eckert has been appointed as the District Superintendent of the Demopolis District of the Alabama-West Florida Conference, effective July 1, 2014.
Currently serving as the senior pastor of Ozark First United Methodist Church, Eckert was ordained as an elder in the AWF Conference in 1991. His previous appointments in the conference include the Pike Circuit, associate at Dothan FUMC, Denton Road UMC, Hartford FUMC, and Greenville FUMC.
“We are excited to have Chris as a fruitful and faithful addition to our appointive cabinet and the Demopolis District. He has proven his leadership abilities in his previous appointments and we look forward to him joining our leadership team in ministry,” Leeland said.
Dr. Eckert received his undergraduate degree from Huntingdon College, attended seminary at Candler School of Theology at Emory University and received his doctorate of ministry from International Theological Seminary. He is married to the former Keri Prather and has one child, Hayes.
Rev. Sara Shaver, who was previously announced as the new Demopolis District Superintendent, is now appointed as District Superintendent to the Dothan District. Rev. Dan Morris, current Dothan District Superintendent, will receive a new appointment into the local church. Rev. John Brooks will serve as the new Montgomery-Prattville District Superintendent and Dr. Larry Bryars will serve as the new Marianna-Panama City District Superintendent.
All other clergy who will be assigned a new appointment will receive calls starting Monday afternoon, March 31, 2014. For more information about the AWF Conference, visit

Tuesday - March 18, 2014
Annual Conference 2014 Information

Annual Conference 2014 is quickly approaching! This year's theme is the second part of the SEND Model many in the conference have adopted. It is, "The Great Commission: Engaging Disciples." We are most appreciative to Dr. Tim Thompson and his staff at Frazer Memorial UMC in Montgomery, AL, for hosting us again this year as well as Dr. Lawson Bryan and his staff at Montgomery FUMC for hosting the ordination service. This year we welcome Dr. Elaine Heath from Perkins School of Theology and President J. Cameron West of Huntingdon College. Please note several changes to annual conference. 

First, note that annual conference is Sunday, June 1-Wednesday, June 4, 2014. Registration is now available by clicking here. You only need to register if you are making a purchase or reservation (meal reservations, journal/clergy directory purchase or nursery reservations). Attendance is expected of all clergy and lay members. 

This year's missional offering is Imagine No Malaria, aligning our conference with our ongoing initiative to save 100,000 lives. Imagine No Malaria is an effort of The United Methodist Church to eliminate malaria deaths in Africa by 2015. Achieving this goal will require a comprehensive approach to fighting this disease, on a larger scale than all previous efforts. We will joyfully collect the final portion of this offering at opening worship on Sunday, June 1. In order to track our conference progress, please submit your first portion the week after Easter. 

Meals will again be served at Frazer Memorial UMC for Monday and Tuesday lunch as well as the Laity Banquet Tuesday evening. Please make a reservation by clicking here if you plan to eat meals on campus or attend the banquet. Traditional group lunches may also choose to have their gatherings on campus and will handle their own catering. 

Please note the ordination and commissioning services will be two separate services this year. The ordination service on Monday, June 2, will start at 7:00pm. The commissioning service will be held at Frazer Memorial UMC on Tuesday, June 3, at 1:30pm.

In order to be good stewards of the conference budget, we will again forego printed worship bulletins for several services. Instead, a downloadable "Guide to Annual Conference" pdf will be provided several weeks before annual conference. In it will be an agenda, worship bulletins, pages that were previously bag inserts and other relevant notes. You may wish to utilize it on your computer, tablet or phone, or print a hard copy on your own to bring with you. Printed worship bulletins will be provided to family members at the memorial service as a keepsake. The traditional ordination services bulletin will be a printed version as usual.

Should you or your agency wish to submit a digital "insert," it must be laid out and submitted no later than April 15. It will go in the "Guide to Annual Conference" behind the agenda and worship bulletins that will be electronically distributed to all clergy and delegates. All inserts must be one page, 8.5 x 11 submitted as a pdf to No late submissions will be accepted. All submissions must be affiliated with the United Methodist Church. 

Your Brochure of Reports will be sent to your district office and either distributed at a gathering or picked up by each pastor. Please look for instructions from your district office. 

Alabama-West Florida boards and agencies have been given priority for the limited number of available display spots. The deadline for their response is April 15. Other pertinent inquiries may go to to be placed on a waiting list. Should there be openings, she will contact you in order of request. Requests must be affiliated with the United Methodist Church.

We are again anticipating a great response to the request for UMCOR relief kits and supplies. Because we are placing such a high emphasis on Imagine No Malaria and saving lives through that initiative, we are not assigning districts a specific kit. We are still encouraging local churches and groups to continue to assemble these kits or collect supplies to make up kits. A truck from Coleman American will accept donations like always in the parking lot at Frazer Memorial UMC. We appreciate any group that is willing to continue this ministry and will gladly accept these donations at annual conference. Click here for more

As a reminder, we encourage you to prayerfully consider nominating someone for one of our conference awards: The Alice Lee Award, Jane Walker Scholarship Award, Francis Asbury Award, Harry Denman Evangelism Award and the Local Church Heritage Award. Click here for more information.

Blocked rooms, some with special rates for hotels in Montgomery, have been posted. Check out for updates.

We look forward to seeing you at annual conference in Montgomery, AL, June 1-4, 2014!

Mary Catherine Phillips
Director of Communications

Sunday - March 16, 2014
Bishop Names Three District Superintendents to AWF Cabinet

(Montgomery, AL) - Bishop Paul L. Leeland is pleased to announce three new district superintendents to the Alabama-West Florida Conference appointive cabinet. Rev. John Brooks, Dr. Larry Bryars and Rev. Sara Shaver will begin their new appointments as superintendents starting July 1, 2014.

Rev. John Brooks will serve as district superintendent for the Montgomery-Prattville District and currently serves as pastor of Metropolitan UMC in Montgomery, AL. Before serving there he was appointed to St. Paul UMC in Pensacola, FL. Brooks was ordained as an elder in the AWF Conference in 1997. He is a graduate of Jackson State University in Jackson, MS, and received his seminary degree from Gammon Theological Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta, GA. He and his wife, Reda, have been married for 34 years and have five children and seven grandchildren.

Dr. Larry Bryars currently serves as lead pastor of Shalimar UMC in Shalimar, FL, and will be appointed to the Marianna-Panama City District. Bryars' previous appointments include Bay Minette First UMC, Church Street UMC in Selma, AL, Epworth UMC in Phenix City, AL, Aldersgate UMC in Montgomery and then became the district superintendent of the Montgomery-Prattville District. Larry received his BS degree from the University of South Alabama, a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary and a Doctorate of Ministry from The Theological School at Drew University. He was ordained as an elder in 1981 and served as a delegate to general and jurisdictional conferences. He and his wife, Vicki, have three sons. Rev. Gary Daniel has effectively served as the Marianna-Panama City district superintendent since 2010 and will retire at the end of June.

Rev. Sara Shaver is serving as senior pastor of Monroeville FUMC, Monroeville, AL, and will be appointed to the Demopolis District. Shaver was ordained as an elder in the AWF Conference in 2005 and has previously served Capitol Heights UMC in Montgomery, Trinity UMC in Equality, AL, Jay UMC in Jay, FL, and Dalraida UMC in Montgomery. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and Candler School of Theology, Emory University. Rev. John Bonner, current Demopolis district superintendent, announced his retirement earlier this year and has faithfully served on the cabinet since 2008.

Dr. Philip McVay, current Montgomery-Prattville district superintendent and dean of the cabinet, will be appointed as lead pastor of Shalimar UMC. He has been in his current appointment since 2009 and has been a tremendous asset to the Montgomery-Prattville District.

"It is an honor to welcome John, Larry and Sara to our appointive cabinet. All three have demonstrated fruitful and effective leadership and will help guide our conference in the coming years. I consider it a privilege to welcome these three to conference leadership and look forward to our partnership in ministry. We give thanks to God for the years of service Rev. John Bonner and Rev. Gary Daniel have given to our conference. I know you will join me in thanking them for their dedication to this calling. I also extend my deepest gratitude to Dr. Philip McVay for his exceptional work on the cabinet and in his district. Please join me in prayer for those experiencing change during this appointment season."

Metropolitan UMC and Monroeville FUMC will receive new appointments in the coming weeks. For more information about the Alabama-West Florida Conference, please visit


Friday - March 14, 2014
Lisenby Named by Bishop as Huntingdon College Chaplain

(Montgomery, AL) - Bishop Paul L. Leeland of The Alabama-West Florida Conference, in partnership with Huntingdon College President J. Cameron West, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Woods Lisenby to Huntingdon College as Chaplain of the College, effective June 1, 2014.

Lisenby is currently serving Prattville First United Methodist Church as the director of contemporary worship. He is a 2011 graduate of Huntingdon College with a religion major where he was a leader in the Campus Ministries program. Woods has been approved to be commissioned as a provisional elder at the upcoming session of annual conference in June, 2014, and will graduate from Candler School of Theology, Emory University, in May. He was a member of Dothan First United Methodist Church before attending Huntingdon and is married to the former Brianna McClure, also a Huntingdon graduate.

"I am excited to announce this appointment that will continue to strengthen our conference ties with Huntingdon College. Woods is a proven, energetic leader who can nurture and foster relationships with students and faculty on campus at one of our finest Methodist institutions. It is crucial that the United Methodist Church engage with students during these influential years in their lives," Leeland stated.

For more information about the Alabama-West Florida Conference, visit


Saturday - April 19, 2014
Radical Run for Missions

The 3RD Annual Radical Run for Missions will be held Saturday, April 19, 2014.  Register by April 7th to receive event T-Shirt.

Race Day registration will end 30 minutes prior to the race...NO   EXCEPTIONS.

$20 entry fee for the competitive and non-competitive 5K runs.  $10 entry fee for the one mile fun run.

Competitive 5K starts at 9:00 AM. Prizes awarded for first, second and third place winners.  Non-Competitive 5K starts at 9:05 AM.  The one mile fun run starts at 9:45 AM.

Refreshments will be provided.

Click here to register


Monday - April 21, 2014
GED classes offered

GED classes are taught at St. John United Methodist Church/The Grace Place/El Lugar de Gracia.  The classes are taught in English and Spanish, topics are Language/Composition or Essay and Mathematics/Science and classes are prepared based on actual GED tests, so you will be learning as if you were taking the exam.

For information, please contact Martha Rovira, Conference Coordinator for Hispanic-Latino Ministires 251-975-7575 Cell or Pastor Irving Santos, El Lugar de Gracia,  251-442-7276.


Monday - April 21, 2014
Troy Wesley Foundation Golf Tournament
The 9th Annual Troy Wesley Foundation Golf Tournament will be held April 21, 2014 at the Troy Country Club. Registration will begin at 9am; Tee off at 10am.  Deadline to sign up is April 15, 2014.  
Cost is $100 per person/$400 per team which includes lunch, green fees and cart.
Sign up with Rev. Elaine Brown at or 334-389-0116. 
Friday - April 25, 2014
RESCHEDULED: Seed Cast - Growing A Culture Of Generosity

April has proved to be a busy month for the people of the Alabama-West Florida Conference and we have received feedback that it is not the best time to have the event, SEED CAST – GROWING A CULTURE OF GENEROSITY. With this in mind, we are going to postpone the event to the early fall.  

We know that this event is important in the life of the Church, and we want it to be as successful as possible. We are currently working with our speakers to choose a date in the early fall that will allow us to keep the same structure, cost, and great speakers. We will have the new date soon.  

Grace and Peace, 
Dan Pezet
Conference Board of Discipleship
Division of Stewardship Chairperson


The Conference Board of Discipleship, Division of Stewardship, presents SEED CAST:  GROWING A CULTURE OF GENEROSITY April 25 - 26, 2014 at First United Methodist Church in Pensacola, FL.

What is SEED CAST?  Seed Cast 2014 is a conference about generosity. There are many misunderstood concepts surrounding faith and finances. What if we took a step back and rethought our approach to finances as a church? This conference is going to explore growing a culture of generosity in our churches, where we acknowledge that God has been generous to us, and we are called to live into God’s image.

Conference Objectives?  Participants will gain two practical ideas that they may implement in their churches within one year:  

  • Churches will begin to develop a culture of generosity that will spread throughout the Alabama-West Florida Conference and beyond;
  • Participants will receive information needed to lead conversations about generosity in their home churches

Who should attend?  Pastors, Lay Leaders, Members of the Finance and Stewardship committees, and anyone who wants to learn about living a generous life. In other words, this event is open to all clergy and laity!

Keynote speaker will be Dr. Clayton SmithExecutive Pastor of Generosity at The Church of the Resurrection (COR).  Dr. Smith gives leadership to COR's operating, strategic mission and capital campaigns, memorial committee, and Foundation Board.  He also directs the Pathways to Ministry program and assist candidates for ordained ministry.

Workshop presenters will be:  Dr. Henry Roberts (retired, Alabama-West Florida Conference), Ken Sloane (Director of Stewardship and Connectional Ministries, General Board of Discipleship), Brent Spicer (Dave Ramsey), Dr. Clayton Smith (COR), Dr. Robbins Sims (District Superintendent, Montgomery-Opelika District, Alabama-West Florida Conference), and Pat Luna (Compass Consulting, LLC; Alabama-West Florida Conference).

Click HERE for a full packet of information.

CEU"s awarded in the amount of 0.8.  

For more information about this event, please Rev. Dan Pezet or Rev. Ed Glaize





Friday - April 25, 2014
UMW Assembly 2014
The United Methodist Women are excited to announce Assembly 2014: Make it Happen April 25 - 27, 2014 at the Kentucky International Convention Center (Louisville, KY).  Assembly is a time for study, worship and fellowship as United Methodist Women members and partners come together from all over the United States and the world.
The 2014 Assembly will focus on:
  • Giving Voice to the Individual Assembly will honor and equip the individual woman to lead, excel and find her own voice;
  • Connecting for Action Assembly will help women connect with one another and with partners in mission to further the PURPOSE;
  • Practicing Radical Welcome Assembly will help women expand their vision and their capacity to welcome new and unnoticed women to participate, join and shape our work; and 
  • Supporting United Methodist Women Strategically Assembly will inspire women to support this vital mission movement through engagement and giving.
This vision statement offers building blocks that build from the individual to connecting with our partners and one another to welcoming women from different ages, races, languages and cultures. It also challenges us to consider how we support the work of United Methodist Women now and into the future.
Click HERE for details and to register.  
Saturday - April 26, 2014
ERT Recertification Course - Covenant UMC, Dothan - April 26, 2014

For ERT team members whose UMCOR badges are expiring, this class reviews the concepts and guidelines of the basic class and provides updates on disaster response procedures as a whole. New photo and new background checks are required, along with this class in order to be recertified.

The cost is $20 which includes lunch, ID badge and background check. Make checks payable to Convenant United Methodist Church.

To register, contact David Clark at 334-545-9533 or

Tuesday - April 1, 2014
Facilities Superintendent - Mulder Memorial UMC

Mulder Memorial United Methodist Church in Wetumpka, Alabama, has a projected opening for a full-time Facilities Superintendent.  The purpose of this position is to manage the daily maintenance and custodial responsibilities, internally and externally, while ensuring the highest standards of neatness, sanitation, and facilities efficiency for the Mulder Church. 

Experience as a custodian including basic building maintenance, grounds keeping and irrigation, kitchen, security, fire alarm and lighting systems is a mandatory requirement.  Must be able to read and comprehend technical manuals and blueprints relative to church functional systems.  Applicants must be available to work a flexible schedule that accommodates church needs and requirements. 

This is a full-time position that will require other related duties, as required by church leadership.  Ideal candidate must be highly experienced in the aforementioned areas of responsibility. 

Interested applicants should submit a Resume AND request an application from the Mulder Church office, email  info@mulderchurch.comThe closing date of this announcement is the close of business April 17, 2014.  Mailing address is  Mulder Memorial United Methodist Church, 3454 Fire Tower Road, Wetumpka, AL 36093-2551.


Monday - March 31, 2014
Director of Youth Ministry - Jacksonville, FL

River of Life United Methodist Church in Jacksonville, FL is seeking a Director of Youth Ministry to partner with them in their mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.  This welcoming, loving and dynamic church has more than doubled in size in two years, has a growing youth ministry and is looking to increase worship opportunities for youth.  Not only is the community a great mission field with tens of thousands to reach, it is a great place to live!  Schools in St. John’s County are rated best in the state.  With bike trails and sports fields, many don’t need to leave their neighborhoods unless they desire to make the 20 minute drive to the beach, major league sports events and to other arts opportunities the major metropolitan area provides. There are families everywhere! 

Please apply by sending a resume to   


Monday - March 31, 2014
Executive Director - Peachtree City, GA

Peachtree City United Methodist Church, (Peachtree City, Georgia), is seeking an Executive Director for Grow Ministries.  This full time position is open to either ordained clergy or qualified laypersons.  

This position is responsible for the development and implementation of the vision for children, youth and adult ministries in support of the church’s mission and for creating robust small group ministries.   Duties include supervising staff and implementing a comprehensive program that oversees the discipleship process of children, youth, adults and families. The incumbent will recruit, train, and supervise volunteer teachers and youth workers, create seasonal events, retreats, and workshops, and create and resource a full compliment of Christian Educational opportunities for a growing congregation.

Interested persons should send a cover letter and resume to Robert C. Lyons, Church Business Administrator,


Friday - March 28, 2014
Family Ministry Summer Intern - Spanish Fort UMC
Spanish Fort United Methodist Church Children and Youth Departments are looking for high energy people who are deeply devoted to serving Christ's Church and making a difference in the lives of young people.  
The following are the requirements for the Intern positions:
  • Ability to relate to children and adolescents
  • Willing to work flexible hours
  • Applicants must be at least 19 years of age
  • Applicants must be a high school graduate
  • Must be responsible, punctual, reliable, self motivated and to accurately follow instructions
  • No previous experience is required
  • All applicants must be willing and able to attend all summer events and camps, especially the weeks of June 9-14, June 16-21, June 23-27, and July 27-August 2
  • Must be able to facilitate Bible Studies, supervise various programs and use various communication tools to keep children and youth engaged
These Intern positions report directly to the Youth Minister, Juan Flores. This is a wonderful opportunity to gain valuable first-hand experience in both Children's and Youth Ministry. 
Interested applicants should submit their cover letter and resume to Juan Flores at or (FAX) 251-626-1325. 
Tuesday - March 18, 2014
Director of Youth Ministries - Ozark FUMC

First United Methodist Church, Ozark is seeking a Director of Youth Ministries.  The Youth Minister should be of fine Christian moral character and present an excellent model of a Christian lifestyle, and possess good organizational, communication, and basic computer skills; be a United Methodist; and, have a college degree with emphasis in Christian education (preferred). The Youth Minister reports to (1) the Associate Pastor, (2) the Senior Pastor, and (3) the Staff Pastor Parish Relations Committee.

Click HERE for a full job description and to apply.


Monday - March 17, 2014
Part-Time Director of Youth Ministries - Soapstone UMC (Raleigh, NC)

Soapstone United Methodist Church, a vibrant, 1000-member congregation located in Raleigh, NC, is seeking a part-time Director of Youth Ministries (grades 6 - high school).  This person will provide the vision to develop and strengthen a ministry that builds disciples through study, mission, and service while serving about 35 youth on a weekly basis.  

Successful candidates should have strong leadership skills, with a commitment to Jesus Christ and the ability to clearly communicate their faith with others. The church is looking for a Director who, in addition to programming, will lead a team of volunteers and work collaboratively with a Youth Council and student leaders. Interested candidates for this position should be organized, able to multi-task, and have a flexible schedule. The Director must also have a Bachelor of Christian Education or 3 to 5 years comparable experience.

Resumes can be sent to Karen Whitaker at All phone inquiries can be directed to Keith Wheeler, Staff Parish Relations Chair at 919-845-5529, after 5pm. 


Sunday - March 16, 2014
Mixson - Rex

Dr. Rex M. Mixson passed away on Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Dothan Alabama surrounded by his family. 

Rex was a retired United Methodist Minister, having served over fifty years. He was the pastor of churches throughout south Alabama and northwest Florida, including churches in Ozark, Selma, Pensacola, Enterprise, Panama City and Marianna. In addition, he served as the District Superintendent of the Pensacola and Troy Districts. He was committed to serving God and others. He was a graduate of Troy University and received the honor of Alumnus of the Year in 1973. His legacy will be carried on by others for generations through the lives of countless people to whom he ministered and mentored. 

Rex is survived by his wife, Jo Dismukes Mixson, of Taylor, Alabama and his three children and their spouses, Steve Mixson of Tampa, Florida, Martha and Steve Wakefield of Alpharetta, Georgia, and David and Sue Mixson of Madison, Alabama. He was also the proud grandfather of six adoring grandchildren, Amy Mixson Warters, Kristin Mixson, Jackson and Reagan Wakefield, and Maddie and Drew Mixson. He was also proud to become the great-grandfather of Bradley Warters, the newest addition to his family. Rex is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Don and Pat Mixson of New Brockton, Alabama. His family will forever be grateful for his guidance, direction and unconditional love.

Rex was blessed to also have an extended family that truly became his family after his marriage to Jo Dismukes Mixson. Rex loved Richard Dismukes, Geary Dismukes, and Sheila Segrest, all of Taylor, Alabama. He loved their children and grandchildren as his own. What an incredible blessing they were to him.

Rex was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Margaret Davenport Mixson and his parents, Earl and Nora Mixson.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 from 4 to 6 PM.

A service to celebrate Rex’s extraordinary life will be held at 12:00 noon, Thursday, March 20, 2014 at Ozark First United Methodist Church with Searcy Funeral Home and Crematory directing.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to The Old Tabernacle Cemetery Fund, 11592 Hwy. 51, New Brockton, AL 36351 or Ozark First United Methodist Church, 167 E. Broad Street, Ozark, AL 36360.


Wednesday - March 5, 2014
Pugh - Glen

Rev. Glen Pugh, pastor at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Montgomery, AL, died March 5, 2014. 

A lunch was served in the Aldersgate Christian Activity Center March 8, 2014.  Visitation followed in the Sanctuary. Funeral servicesl began at 2:00pm CST.  

Please continue to keep his wife, Carla, their children, Hunter and Hillary, the Aldersgate United Methodist Church family, and churches he previously served in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. 

Monday - February 17, 2014
Newsome - Doug
Rev. Doug Newsome (retired) passed away Monday evening, February 17, 2014.  Visitation will be held Thursday, February 20, 2014 at Byrd Funeral Home beginning at 6pm until 8pm.  Funeral services will be Friday, February 21, 2014 at Tabernacle United Methodist Church beginning at 2pm.
In lieu of flowers the family is asking that donations be made to the following churches:
Tabernacle UMC, 4205 S. Brannon Stand Rd., Dothan, AL  36305
Winslette Chapel UMC, 296 Judge Logue Rd, Newton, AL  36352; or
Cloverdale UMC, 102 Rollins Ave, Dothan, AL  36301 
All active and retired ministers and spouses will be honorary pall bearers.  


Thursday - February 6, 2014
Seymour - Doug

We are sorry to report the death of Rev. Doug Seymour.  Rev. Seymour ( retired) passed February 6, 2014.  Funeral services were held Feburary 15 at Good News UMC. Interment was February 17 at Barrancas Naval Base.  

Wednesday - January 29, 2014
Belflower - Charlie

We are sorry to report the death of Rev. Charlie Belflower.  Rev. Belflower died January 29, 2014.  Rev. Belflower was currently serving the Midway Circuit in the Dothan District.

Visitation will be held February 1 at Chapman Funeral Home (Eufaula) beginning at 3 until 6pm.  Funeral services will be February 2, 2014 beginning at 2pm CST at Georgetown Baptist Church, Georgetown, GA.  Flowers will be accepted.   


Thursday - December 26, 2013
Reece - Carrie

Carrie Lynne Chandler Reece, age 36, born in Mobile, AL and a resident of Bay Minette, AL died Thursday, December 26, 2013 at North Baldwin Infirmary. She was currently serving as the pastor at Summerdale United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Judson Benjamin Ben Reece of Bay Minette, AL; her parents, Michael W. and Cathy Little Chandler of Bay Minette, AL; her sister, Catherine Michelle Chandler Jones of Spanish Fort, AL and her mother-in-law, Ethel Vandyke Reece of Bay Minette, AL.

Funeral services were held December 30, 2013 at the First United Methodist Church in Bay Minette with Reverend Cory Smith and Dr. Henry Cox officiating. Burial followed at Pine Grove Cemetery. The family received friends prior to the service.  

Pallbearers included A.J. Keith, Frank Atchison, Matt Jones, Chad Stewart, Wade Stewart and Johnny Resmondo. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Pilots for Christ, P.O. Box 707, Monroeville, AL 36461 or to Summerdale United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 176, Summerdale, AL 36580.

Funeral arrangements by Norris Funeral Home, 402 E. 2nd St., Bay Minette, AL 36507, 251-937-9596.


Monday - April 14, 2014
The NewsCONNECTION, April 14

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Tuesday - April 1, 2014
Mission Statements - Camp Discovery (UM Inner City Mission, Mobile)

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Monday - March 31, 2014
The NewsCONNECTION, March 31

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