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Thursday - October 9, 2014
Mission Agency Prepares for Long-term Integrated Response to Ebola

October 8, 2014—Since June 2014, the General Board of Global Ministries’ United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and Global Health unit have been working in collaboration on a global scale to coordinate an integrated approach in response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa.

Community education about the disease, health worker protection and psychosocial counseling for affected people and their families are the strategy’s three prongs, said Dr. Olusimbo Ige, of Global Health.

To date, UMCOR and Global Health have worked together to ensure that grants totaling $400,000 for educational programs, protective equipment and other Ebola-related supplies have been provided primarily to United Methodist health boards in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire.

“Our approach is to work closely with United Methodist health boards in affected countries, listening closely to them as they identify needs and strategies we can support,” said Rev. Jack Amick, UMCOR executive who heads the organization’s International Disaster Response unit.

Amick is in charge of disbursing UMCOR emergency funds, while Ige advises that distribution in the case of the Ebola response. Together, they hold a weekly conversation by telephone with the United Methodist health boards in Liberia and Sierra Leone.

It has become apparent to the international humanitarian community and the governments involved with this crisis that the epidemic will likely have a long-term negative impact on the health systems, economies and social practices of these countries.

Global Ministries is partnering with local health boards, bishops, missionaries, UMCOR technical offices and others to enable a long-term approach that not only responds to the current Ebola crisis but, also, helps strengthen healthcare capacity in the region to make it better prepared to meet any possible future crisis.

This long-term, integrated approach reflects the established standard for response to health crises and issues of sustainable development. To financially support these immediate and long-term goals, please write “Ebola response” in the memo section of your check. This will ensure that funds go where intended.

Please give to one or more of the following Advance projects:
982450 International Disaster Response
3021951 UMCOR Sustainable Recovery and Development
3021770 UMCOR Global Health
15124A Pastors and District Superintendent Salary Support – Liberia
14552A Salary Support and Training for Pastoral Leaders – Sierra Leone

Get the latest updates about the Ebola crisis and response from Global Ministries.

Tuesday - October 7, 2014
United Methodist Agency to Reshape Its Global Mission and Ministries

New York, NY, October 3, 2014—The United Methodist Church’s global mission agency will create a network of offices around the world linked and accountable to headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, beginning in late 2016. Part of the plan requires the approval of denominational financial and program coordinating entities.

Directors of the General Board of Global Ministries in a historical action on October 3 voted to set up offices in Africa, Asia and Latin America. A new Georgia-based headquarters would also have mission responsibilities in the United States.

“Mission today in the United Methodist Church is from everywhere to everywhere,” said Bishop Hope Morgan Ward of North Carolina, president of the board. “It is a means of grace in which all give and all receive. We want to embody this theological understanding in our operations for the sake of more fruitful mission engagement.”

The agency’s main office is currently in New York City, where it will remain for the next two years if the plan receives the needed endorsement. The Atlanta office is slated to be in property bought from a local church, which will continue to use a part of the facilities. The property purchase is subject to the approval of two denominational entities, the General Commission on Finance and Administration and the Connectional Table, which serves a coordinating role for the church’s several agencies.

Global Ministries’ goals are to make disciples of Jesus Christ, strengthen churches and communities, alleviate human suffering, and foster justice, peace and freedom. The United Methodist Church has 12.5 million members worldwide, with seven million of those in the US.

A master plan of mission to be developed over the next two years will be adapted to the several contexts represented by the regions and the US, according to Thomas Kemper, the Global Ministries chief executive, who is a German layman and former missionary in Brazil. “Offices could have a combination of programs suited to local and regional opportunities,” he said. “We have many details to be worked out regarding the network of offices and the headquarters.”

The exact locations of the three regional offices will be announced later, according to Bishop Ward, but the one in Africa will most likely be in a French-speaking country in recognition that The United Methodist Church is multi-lingual. The directors gave authority to decide on the locations to its executive committee, in consultation with the agency’s staff cabinet.
In two resolutions approved on October 3, directors approved the regional operations plan and voted in principle to buy the property of Grace United Methodist Church in Atlanta for the headquarters.

The regional office measure was unanimously approved by directors; the property purchase received one negative vote. Thirty one of 36 directors were present and voting.
“O God, we stand unified in these decisions and ask you to guide those who will carry them out,” Tonya Murphy, a director from Atlanta, said in a prayer following the votes. “Guide us so that you God are glorified and our work leads people to you and to salvation.”

Scope of Mission
The agency at present has 340 missionaries in 60 countries, including the United States. It has personnel, projects and partners in a total of 120 countries. Missionaries are from all parts of the world as mission-founded churches in the Global South take their places as full partners in global evangelism and social service. UMCOR engages in major domestic and international disaster response and development work. A global health unit relates to more than 300 Methodist hospitals and clinics around the world and supports programs to eradicate preventable disease, such as malaria and AIDS.
Bishop Ward commented in an interview on the move of mission headquarters to Atlanta from New York City, where Global Ministries’ predecessor agencies date to the first quarter of the 19th century.

“New York has been a wonderful mission home, serving us well for many years, and there is indeed a sense of grief in leaving it,” she said.” However, as we embrace our calling to lead the church in mission engagement into the future, we considered the need for a location that is more accessible, economical, land advantageous for partnership in mission.

“We are working with a downtown church to purchase its facility at a favorable price. This location is in a diverse and vibrant area, is accessible by public transportation, has on-site parking, land offers proximity to collaborative institutions, particularly in the fields of mission, theology and global health. We will transform the facilities beyond the sanctuary into ecologically responsible office and meeting space. The lower cost of living in Atlanta will be helpful in the process of professional and technical hiring as we move into the future.”

Global and Local Mission
“Grace United Methodist Church in the Midtown section of Atlanta has voted in principle to sell us its property, almost a full city block, with the provision that it be given a cost free lease to continue its ministry from the site,” Kemper explained. He and board financial staff explored the offer, finding it would substantially reduce office space costs on an ongoing basis. An education building joining the sanctuary can be renovated over the next two years.

“We are excited by the possibility of working in a context where the local and the global come together in mission,” Kemper said of the shared space arrangement with the Grace congregation. “Midtown Atlanta is an area where communities join, making for a multiracial, multicultural and mixed income neighborhood. I see it as a laboratory for local-global mission engagement.”

Bishop B. Michael Watson of the North Georgia Annual Conference welcomed the decision of the Global Ministries’ directors to accept the Grace church offer and locate the agency’s headquarters in Atlanta. “The United Methodists of Georgia are deeply committed to mission, to spreading the good news of God’s love in Jesus Christ throughout the world and to serving all people in Jesus’ name. Having the headquarters of the General Board of Global Ministries within our community will strengthen our mission outreach and encourage us to connect our mission enthusiasm with that of other United Methodists.”

Encouragement to locate the headquarters in Atlanta, according to Kemper, came from major United Methodist and other universities and international centers in that area, including two of the denominations theological seminaries, Candler School of Theology of Emory University and Gammon Theological Seminary, a part of the historically black Interdenominational Theological Center. Other potential partners are the Carter Center, an international development organization, and a number of colleges, including Clark Atlanta University, a historically black United Methodist-related school. Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health is an anticipated partner for the agency’s renewed emphasis on Global Health.

“We at Candler and Emory are thrilled with the opportunity for new forms of collaboration with Global Ministries,” said Dr. Jan Love, dean of Candler. “We look forward to the ways in which the expertise that each brings to the table will enhance God’s mission around the world.”
Dr. Love noted that Candler has historically included mission and evangelism as key components in its curriculum and that partnership with Global Ministries “will further expand opportunities in these areas in the future.” The board for several years more than a decade ago had a missionary training center in Atlanta, using staff resources from Candler and Gammon.

Kemper, the mission board executive, noted that the several colleges and universities in the area will be important to both training and recruitment of young adults for mission service, including its new Generation Transformation program.

Global Ministries currently has 166 executive and support staff member at its New York headquarters. Roland Fernandes, the deputy for finance and administration, said that an undetermined number of executive staff members will be invited to relocate to Atlanta. Employees whose positions are phased out in New York because of the move will receive benefits under established United Methodist policy, and receive help in finding new positions.

“We have two years to work out these details in total transparency and with due consideration to the loyal service of our employees,” Fernandes said.

Sunday - October 5, 2014
A Word from the Bishop: Reflections on Acts 15

Bishop Paul Leeland is part of a reading group, initiated by Bishop Ken Carter of the Florida Conference. The group, including many bishops and laity from across the world, are reading one chapter of Luke and Acts, which totals 52 weeks. This allows the group to read one chapter per week and share insight on the readings with one another. Bishop Leeland shares his thoughts below on Acts 15. 

Acts 15 provides great insight into our current Church where there has been "no little dissension and debate." One fascinating aspect of the early church is that specific individuals were selected to "go up to Jerusalem about this question."

The beginning of all debate was to report "what God had done." Then after "much debate had taken place" they reminded each other that "God who knows the heart" would not require that additional requirements be placed upon any that would seek to be embraced by the Church, with a clear decision "that we ought to stop troubling those outside the faith [Gentiles] who turn to God."

Interesting that there were some who were teaching in such a way that they had "upset others with their teaching and disturbed their peace of mind." The answer–to identify "leaders" who had "dedicated their lives to the name of our Lord Jesus Christ" who would visit and communicate the discerned teaching of the Church.

The result? "The people were delighted with the exhortation."

I can't help but wonder what God is doing among us!

Paul Leeland

Tuesday - September 23, 2014
Circles of Transformation: Transforming People, Congregations, and Communities

(Fred Blackwell) - “I’ve got people now!” So exclaimed Jose Maya, a recent Circles graduate in Dothan, Alabama. Dothan is the pilot site for Circles start-up in the AWFUMC. Maya is typical of those who can benefit from the Circles ministry. He’s struggling to make a living and wants to find a better way forward. After losing his job, he found himself in remedial math classes at the local community college. These classes were needed to prepare him for career retooling. Things are starting to look up for Maya. In September he received a promotion to the position of Customer Service Manager at a local Wal-Mart store. He attributes his successful interview “100% to things I learned through Circles.” He was interviewed for the position without notice or preparation. Maya states that he was able to articulate his strengths as a result of his Circle Leader training. When asked to describe Circles, Maya said this, “It’s about relationships. It’s not just about making a difference in my life; it’s about showing the community that there are alternatives. It’s about making impact and changing lives.”

The building of intentional friendships across racial, cultural, and socio-economic lines is central to the methodology. These friendships make cross-cultural discussion possible and fruitful. Rosalynn Richards, another Circles graduate describes it this way, “Circles is a positive place for adults. It’s a place where I can discuss my goals
and aspirations and have support and encouragement from Allies.”

The Allies who are participating in the Dothan pilot are from United Methodist churches in the community as well as from churches of other denominations. These Allies have themselves completed a training period which has prepared them to work effectively with those of other racial, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds. Ruth Penton is a retired Diaconal Minister who lives in Enterprise, Alabama and who has worked with Circles for over a year. She says, “I learned that I didn’t know anything about poverty.”

North American models are most often built on the premise that poverty is about the absence of financial resources. While that is true, poverty is also about isolation and lack of positive relationships. Circles volunteers learn that we are all in some kind of poverty relative to God, others, ourselves, or the world around us. Circles Allies come to the table on a peer-to-peer basis with the families served. This is a much different setting from a mentor program where a hierarchal relationship is implied.

Kami Winfrey is a Circle Leader trainer in Dothan. She puts it this way, “Poverty is not an individual issue. It affects all of us. It affects society as a whole. Circles provides an atmosphere where different cultures, races, and socio-economic groups can learn about each other.”

As an example of the cultural diversity of the Dothan Circles group, Rosalynn Richards is an African-American female. Jose Maya is a Hispanic male. Two female Circle Leader graduates are natives of Nigeria.

Those in financial need are called Circle Leaders. After training, they are equipped to lead meetings with a team of Allies. The mission is to provide an environment that enables the Circle Leader to achieve specific, course-altering goals. In addition to relationship building, there are two additional core features that characterize the Circles initiative: 1) the identification of systemic community issues that hold people back, and 2) a jobs preparation component. The purpose of identifying systemic issues is to work collectively to address them.

Circles Coordinator Laurel Blackwell uses the example of the bus route in Phenix City. The bus route moved low income people around town but didn’t go anywhere close to free GED classes, free work readiness classes, welfare-to-work classes, or the community college. Low income people often feel powerless to address systemic issues. Circles provides an environment where citizens throughout the community see and understand issues that enable poverty. In the case of the bus route, an immediate change was made after one conversation with a member of the county commission, the contracting entity. A Circles leadership team in Brewton, Alabama, is now working on the systemic effects of predatory lending practices.

Circles requires a community-wide effort. It is not designed to be duplicative or to compete with any existing mission or ministry. In fact, it complements other local initiatives and builds bridges between initiatives where bridges might not exist today. Circles aims to help other community groups meet and exceed their objectives. Allies want to make sure that Circle Leaders (families in poverty) take advantage of every service available as they climb their way to a better family economic position. In fact, Circles Coordinator Fred Blackwell says, “If you’ve got something that’s already working – use it!”

A reality is that the traditional agency approach is not getting the job done. No one agency is responsible for getting a family out of poverty. A family goes to one place for child care assistance…to another for supplemental nutritional assistance…to another for the housing allowance, and so on. On the other hand, the goal of Circles is to actually stay with a family until that family achieves an income at least 200% of the poverty level.

There are more than 80 communities in the country that are employing this relatively new initiative. Success measures show increases in family income and assets with corresponding reductions in assistance benefits. Statistics also show that within a relatively short period of time, Circle Leader families are actually volunteering to assist others in the community. At the Circles table, everyone is a Child of God and Person of Worth who has something to contribute.

In our Conference, Dothan is the initial pilot site. The communities of Selma, Brewton, and Eufaula are well into start-up activity with local leadership teams. Mobile and Phenix City are now organizing leadership teams. Discussions about poverty and community issues have occurred in Montgomery and Marianna, Florida.

To learn more, see our conference website or visit Circles USA online. Questions and further exploration can be directed to Dr. Laurel Blackwell at 334-524-3652 or via e-mail addressed to

To read a national story on Circles presented by National Public Radio (NPR), click here

Monday - September 8, 2014
Imagine No Malara: An Update from the AWF Director of Mission & Advocacy

(Susan Hunt) - 65,321. That is roughly the population of the city of Dothan, Alabama. That is also how many people in Africa will now have the chance to live because of the effort you, the Alabama-West Florida Conference, have made toward beating malaria through the Imagine No Malaria campaign. We are now 65.3% of the way to our goal of saving 100,000 lives.

Imagine No Malaria is the commitment by the United Methodist Church to fight malaria and end deaths due to this completely preventable and treatable disease. Our conference is among the many annual conferences that are joining in this effort. This is a historic campaign in the life of our churches, conference, and for the denomination as a whole because it is the single largest mission ever undertaken by the United Methodist Church.

We are putting our faith into action! Jesus has sent us in to this world to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. With Imagine No Malaria, we are doing both. For example, in Sierra Leone, the Bo district of the Sierra Leone conference took up the effort to train community health workers. They distributed education materials, treated bed nets, medication, and so much more. In this area where the majority of the population is not Christian, the people were so impressed with the compassion and non-discriminatory approach taken by the health workers that at least six communities requested churches and health centers. Bishop John Yambasu said, “The good news is that while we aimed at healing souls, a miracle was taking place - God was at work using the ministry to win souls at the same time. Together we celebrate the Holy Spirit at work in the life of our denomination.”

At the recent conference CORE team meeting, I spontaneously challenged everyone present to join me in saving a few lives each. They met that challenge and we saved 37 lives right then! This is the same group – the leadership representing the connectional ministries of our conference – who, along with other conference leadership, resolved to take up the challenge of joining with the rest of the connection to end the needless deaths because of malaria. To end a disease! Maybe your own church leadership council can take up an offering at its next meeting, too. With this type of determination, our conference can reach its goal soon.

Thank you for hearing the call to act. Thank you for saying yes. Thank you for joining with United Methodists across the world as we say a resounding “NO” to death and suffering caused by malaria. This task is the power of our connectional system – one Church, across this globe, all working together. Because of you, we are saving and changing lives. 

Visit to see detailed progress reports of all churches throughout our conference. Each district set their goals for participation, and many churches have done marvelous work in reaching those goals.

Click here and here to see how the work through Imagine No Malaria is also fighting the Ebola outbreak.

Click here to see how our work through Imagine No Malaria is also starting new faith communities and churches throughout the continent of Africa.

Friday - September 5, 2014
Blue Lake Board of Trustees Announces New Director

The Blue Lake Camp Board of Trustees are pleased to announce Steve Lewandowski as its new executive director following the recent retirement of Ms. Phyllis Murray. 

Steve grew up in Tulsa, OK, where he was heavily involved in his youth group at the First United Methodist Church. It was at summer camp that Steve dedicated his life to the service of Christ. He graduated from Tulsa Edison High School and received both his BS and MS degrees from Oklahoma State University in Administration and Management of Recreation. He brings a great deal of experience in program development, fund raising and public speaking.

Steve is married to Elaine, his wife of 24 years. They have two sons, Joey (age 23), and A.P. (age 21), whom are both in college at Southeastern Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, MO. They also have two Jack Russell Terriers, Sugar and Jaqi, who help fill the empty nest. Steve loves to hunt, fish, watch high school football, and spend time at the beach with his family.

He is excited to be the executive director of Blue Lake United Methodist Assembly and looks forward to many years of service to the Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. 

Tuesday - October 21, 2014
Pensacola District CORE Team Meeting

The Pensacola District CORE Team will meet at the district office at noon. Lunch will be provided, so if you cannot attend please inform the district office, (850) 434-0118. 

The Pensacola District Officers and Meetings page is here.



Tuesday - October 21, 2014
Pensacola District CORE Team Meeting

The Pensacola District CORE Team will meet at the district office at noon. Lunch will be provided, so if you cannot attend please inform the district office, (850) 434-0118. 

The Pensacola District Officers and Meetings page is here.

Tuesday - October 21, 2014
Stressless Preaching: Is It Possible
Stressless Preaching:  Is it possible?  This event will be held October 21 - 23, 2014 at Lake Junaluska.  
For the pastor who is new to the pulpit, preaching can be an intimidating and sometimes overwhelming experience. For the seasoned pastor, preaching can become unimaginative and routine. Some preachers write great sermons but have a delivery that is dry as unbuttered toast. Other preachers are engaging and eloquent, but offer little substance in the sermon. For every pastor, finding ways to preach the word in fresh, authentic ways is a challenge.
Powerful preaching facilitates an encounter with Christ, and is one of the primary ways that our congregations connect with God. Powerful preaching answers the “So What?” of the scripture for the congregation. And powerful preaching is a mark of a healthy congregation, and a healthy preacher. Through coaching, every preacher can become one who speaks with power, with authority, with compassion, and with love.
Click HERE for more information or to register.  Below is a downloadable brochure.


Thursday - October 23, 2014
2014 Wesleyan Leadership Conference

The 2014 Wesleyan Leadership Conference will be held October 23 - 25, 2014 at the General Board of Discipleship.  This event will be a formational experience for lay and clergy leaders. This year's conference reconnects participants with - Living the Baptismal Covenant - Prayer - Listening to Scripture - Font and Table - Our Wesleyan heritage of discipling people to Jesus Christ - Equipping disciples to be co-workers in Christ's mission for the world.

Leaders will be:

  • Steve Manskar, Director of Wesleyan Leadership, GBOD
  • Taylor Burton-Edwards, Director of Worship Resources, GBOD
  • Melanie Gordon, Director of Ministries with Children, GBOD
  • Jodi Cataldo, Director of Laity in Leadership, GBOD
  • Tim Bias, General Secretary, GBOD
  • Tom Albin, Dean of The Upper Room Chapel, GBOD
  • Dean McIntyre, Director of Music Resources, GBOD
  • Michael Glenn Bell, composer and musician, The Martyrs Project: Martyrs Prayers 

For more information and to register click HERE.


Friday - October 24, 2014
Women's Conference at Cokesbury UMC

Cokesbury United Methodist Church will host a Women's Conference "What Not To Wear - Fashions by the Master Designer" Friday and Saturday, October 24 - 25, 2014.  Featured speaker will be Rev. Janie McBeth, Daybreak Connection Ministries.

$30 early bird registration is August 31 - October 12; After October 12 cost is $35.  

You may register online beginning September 1 at

For more information contact Julie Terrell 850-478-9489.



Saturday - October 25, 2014
3rd Annual River Region Prayer Walk
The River Region Prayer Walk will be October 25, 2014 at the Union Station Train Shed.  The purpose of this gathering is to bring together the citizens of the River Region to pray over our cities, government leaders, schools and teachers, uniformed heroes and servants, pastors and ministry leaders, businesses, and all of the people that make up the River Region. The Prayer Walk serves to spiritually unite our community through prayer under the Lord our Banner, in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to seek His favor, His protection, and the restoration of His people and His land.

Registration begins 8:30am; activities begin 9:00am.  Gathering at the Union Station Train Shed for a praise concert and time of spiritual preparation for the walk following by a designated route through downtown Montgomery using guided prayer focused on the above-mentioned groups. For those who are unable to walk the route, there will be prayer stations set up under the train shed. Finally, the prayer walk will conclude with a time of celebration and fellowship at the train shed. 


Tuesday - October 14, 2014
Director of Youth Ministries - Christ United Methodist Church - Albany, GA

Christ United Methodist Church of Albany, Georgia is looking for a qualified Christian candidate (age 23 or older with leadership skills) for a part-time position as Director of Youth Ministries who loves to work with Youth grades 6th – 12th.  In addition to truly caring about young people, you will need virtually endless patience, the ability to listen without judging and enough flexibility in your personal life to allow you to work 10-15 hours per week including Wednesdays and Sundays. 

Submit resume and picture to Christ UMC of Albany, 505 Byron Plantation Road, Albany, GA  31721 or email: prior to November 21st.  Any questions, contact Rev. Jeff Cook at 229-4.36-3373.


Monday - October 13, 2014
Part-Time Youth Director - Hope Hull UMC

Hope Hull United Methodist Church is currently seeking energetic, dedicated applicants for a part-time Youth Director position ministering to Junior and Senior High youth.  Candidates for this position should contact Dr. Charles Smith, pastor of Hope Hull, for a detailed job description, application materials, and other information. 

Please contact the church at (334) 288-3956 or by means of the church website at


Tuesday - October 7, 2014
Director of Music Ministries - Fairhope UMC

Fairhope United Methodist Church is seeking a Director of Music Ministries.  This is a full time position. 

The Director of Music Ministries is responsible for the management and planning/performance of all music ministry programs while nurturing an atmosphere of serving God through leading others.  The music ministry is to enhance worship, spiritual formation and congregational life. The Director of Music Ministries is to display a deep personal faith and understanding of the meaning, use, and place of music in various styles of Christian worship.  He/she will be an outstanding worship leader offering different styles of music to reach the needs of a diverse congregation and community.

This position reports to the Senior Pastor and will supervise all music staff including organist and pianist as well as volunteers. 

Click HERE for a full job description.

Please submit your resume/curriculum vita to:
Reverend Mike McKnight
Fairhope United Methodist Church
155 South Section Street, Fairhope, AL 36532.

 For additional information, contact Dr. Gloria Fisher, Chair, Staff Parish Relations Committee



Wednesday - October 1, 2014
Contemporary Worship Leader and Ministry Associate - Hartselle FUMC

First United Methodist Church of Hartselle, Alabama is seeking to fill the position of Contemporary Worship Leader and Ministry Associate.  FUMC Hartselle is a vibrant congregation of over 1100 members in a family friendly city that is growing. Our contemporary service is the highest attended of our three weekly services.

The primary responsibilities of this position would be to lead and coordinate the Sunday Morning Contemporary Worship service, coordinate the worship of the youth ministries’ weekly service, and direct the evangelism efforts of the congregation.

Applicants should possess skills in leading worship and working with other musicians, creative thinking, and organizing volunteers. This person should also be a team player and a desire to see the kingdom grow.

The position is full time with a starting salary of $30,000-$35,000.  Job résumés and references should be e-mailed to

Monday - September 22, 2014
Director of Youth Ministries - Saint Paul's UMC - Tallahasee, FL

Saint Paul's United Methodist Church located in Tallahassee, Florida, is searching for a full-time Director of Youth Ministries.  This person will lead the church's youth ministry (grades 6 - 12) in keeping with our mission to "Follow Jesus, grow in community and transform the world."  

Saint Paul's UMC is a well-established, traditional church of about 1600 members.   We have two traditional worship services and one contemporary service each Sunday, a robust Sunday School program, and a variety of programs for all age levels.  Our theological environment offers a foundation on the Bible while valuing theological diversity. We strive to be accepting, open and tolerant. 

Florida's capital city, Tallahassee is home to 187,000 residents, with a median age of 26.  Home to Florida A&M University and Florida Sate University,  Tallahassee has a highly educated population, with 45% of adults possessing a Bachelor's degree or higher.    The cost of living is below state and national averages.  Sometimes described as "Florida with a southern accent", Tallahassee is known for its many trees and rolling hills.  Tallahasseeans enjoy, in addition to bountiful cultural, educational and athletic activities, being within two hours of some of Florida's most beautiful beaches. 

Resume reviews will begin October 15, 2014.   For more information and to submit a resume, please contact Meg Guyton at




















Wednesday - September 17, 2014
Assistant General Secretary for Collegiate Ministries - Division of Higher Education
The General  Board of Higher Education is seeking an Assistant General Secretary for Collegiate Ministries - Division of Higher Education.
The incumbent leads the promotion, interpretation, and resourcing of collegiate ministries and college chaplaincies for The United Methodist Church. Work includes coordinating relationships with ecumenical partners and providing an interface between ecumenical collegiate ministry and the UMC; providing support for professional organizations related to collegiate ministry; and leading the UMC in articulating the theological and practical role of collegiate ministry. The incumbent will work closely with the other components in the Division of Higher Education to ensure young leadership is supported with high quality national programs for college students. The portfolio also includes performing tasks associated with the accomplishment of the division’s goals and GBHEM’s strategic goals.
Requirements: Master of Divinity or equivalent; doctoral degree preferred; ordination in the UMC required; minimum of 4 years’ experience in collegiate ministry or college chaplaincy; experience at general church and/or annual conference level preferred; minimum of 2 years’ office administration experience including supervision of staff required; demonstrated effective leadership in complex organizations and in collegiate ministry; experience in and sensitivity to diverse cultural issues; fluency in Spanish, French, or Portuguese a plus; understanding of and familiarity with higher education administration; strong organizational skills and ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously; excellent written and oral communication skills; ability and desire to work in a team approach. Relocation to Nashville, TN, required.
To apply: Send a letter indicating how your experience, training, gifts and skills equip you for this work. Include a resume and the names of three persons familiar with your ministry.
Send your application packet to:
GBHEM Human Resources
C/O Assistant GS Collegiate Ministry
Fax: 615-340-7538
P.O. Box 340007
Nashville, TN 37203-0007

Posted: September 17, 2014 


Wednesday - October 15, 2014
Posey - James A.

We are sorry to report the death one of Rev. James A. (Jim) Posey (retired) of Centreville, AL on October 15, 2014.  

The graveside service was October 18, 2014 at the New Live Oak Cemetery on Hwy. 22 in Selma, AL.   

He is survived by his wife, Vicci Posey of Centreville, AL; sons, James A. Posey, Jr. (Irene) of Gulf Shores, AL, John E. Posey (Rhonda) of Pine Level, AL, Chris Daggert (Karen) of Northport, AL and Mark Daggert (Taylor) of Clemmos, NC; daughters, Angela Posey of California and Lia Marquez (Chris) of California; brother, Travis Posey, Jr. of Texas; 8 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

Please keep the Posey family in prayers during this time.  

Wednesday - October 1, 2014
Warren - RC
Rev. RC Warren (retired), 87,  died October 1, 2014.  
Funeral arrangements will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church of Panama City. Interment will follow at Evergreen Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the church on Saturday from 9 – 10 a.m. prior to the service. 

Wilson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Friday - August 22, 2014
Hale - Lowell Edgar

Rev. Lowell Edgar Hale (retired) passed away Friday, August 22, 2014.  

The viewing will be held today, August 28, 2014 6pm to 8pm at Mowell’s Funeral Home (180  Jeff Davis Drive, Fayetteville, GA). Funeral services will be held tomorrow, August 29, 2014 at 2pm at Fayetteville First UMC (175 East Lanier Ave., Fayetteville, GA).  

Family hour/visitation will be on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at the Community Funeral Home in Sylacauga, AL beginning at 12 noon until 2 PM.  Burial will follow at 4 PM  at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church (2108 Pine Grove Road Sylacauga AL; a community of Odena).

He is survived by his wife, Martha.

Please keep the Hale Family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. 


Saturday - August 16, 2014
Perry - James

James B. Perry, age 79, of Demopolis, died August 16, 2014. Services were held Monday, August 18, 2014, at First United Methodist Church of Demopolis with Rev. David Willis and Rev. Gary Perry officiating and Kirk Funeral Homes Demopolis Chapel directing.

He was born December 19, 1934 in Roanoke, Al. to the late James and Martha Williamson Perry.

He was preceded by his parents, James and Martha Williamson Perry.

He is survived by his wife, Bess Stockton Perry; daughters, Kathy (Randy) Morgan of Demopolis, Tammy Brown of Mobile, and Melissa Zorn of Lakeland, Fl.; sons, Jason (Janna) Perry of Spanish Fort, Jimmy (Brenda) Perry of Fairhope, Shane (Vickey) Perry of Spanish Fort; brothers, John Thomas Perry and Gary R. Perry of Opelika; grandchildren, 18; great-grandchildren, 7.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to American Heart Association National Center, 7272 Greenville Avenue Dallas, Tx., 75231 or the United Methodist Church, 200 East Decatur, Demopolis, Al.



Saturday - August 9, 2014
Jordan - Dennis Jerry

The Rev. Dennis Jerry Jordan, 64, of Lynbrook Drive, Brewton, passed away Saturday evening, August 9, 2014, at his residence after an extended illness. 

Funeral services were held on Tues., August 12, at 11 a.m., from the chapel of Craver's Funeral Home with Brother Stevie Cooper and Brother Ron Headley officiating.  Entombment will follow at a later time in Glory Hill Cemetery with Cravers Funeral Home of Brewton directing.

He was a native and life-long resident of Brewton and was an ordained minister with UMC Ministries.  He was a 1968 graduate of T. R. Miller High School and Jefferson Davis Community College.  He was also a graduate of Andersonville Theological Seminary and also had attended The University Of Alabama.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 39 years, Frankie McCall Jordan of Brewton; son, Chad (Lindsey) Jordan of Pensacola, Fla.; sister, Barbara Jordan of Brewton; three grandchildren, Jason Jordan of Cantonment, Fla., and Samuel Connor Jordan and Hailey Elizabeth Jordan of East Brewton.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ealom and Dru Ethel Jordan.

The family asks that you kindly omit flowers and instead, make memorial contributions in the name of “The Rev. Dennis Jerry Jordan” to International Fellowship Of Christian & Jews In Russia, P O Box 96105, Washington, D.C. 20090-6105 or online at or by phone at 1-800-486-8844. 

Thursday - June 12, 2014
Burrell - Clarence

Rev. Clarence Burrell, age 76, of Sawyerville, died June 12, 2014, at home. Services werre held Saturday, June 21, 2014, at Bass Tabernacle Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Akron. Burial followed in Jackson Chapel Cemetery with Gandy Funeral Home directing.  He is survived by his wife, Brenda. 


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