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Thursday - August 21, 2014
Know Your DS: Dr. Doug Pennington

The next four editions of the NewsCONNECTION will feature a district superintendent that has not yet been featured before. This edition's spotlight is on Dr. Doug Pennington, Mobile District Superintendent.

What Brought You to the Ministry?
I came to faith in college and ended up attending Camp Glory on Perdido Bay where I felt called to ministry.

The Best Book I’ve Read About Methodism Is:
"The Burning Heart: John Wesley, Evangelist" by A. Skevington Wood

Favorite Vacation Destination:
Mountains and woods

Instead of being a minister, I almost was:
College professor

One of the goals for my district is to:
Start a new African American church

What is one challenge you see for your district:
Turning around declining churches

What do you like best about serving the AWF Conference?
Longtime friendships

What do you do in your free time.........the little there is!
Grandkids, hunting, shooting sports

Most people don’t know that I can:
Teach firearms courses

The most important thing I’ve learned since my first appointment is:
Jesus said "feed my sheep" not "skin my sheep"


Tuesday - August 19, 2014
Bishop Schnase's Statement on Ferguson

Dear friends,

People have asked about what the United Methodist Church is doing in response to the events in recent days in Ferguson, Missouri, and so I’d like to lift up a few significant points of engagement and offerings of ministry.

The Missouri Conference launched a new church start in Ferguson two years ago after identifying the community as underserved by the United Methodist Church. Wellspring United Methodist Church is located two blocks from the area seen frequently on television news in recent days. The congregation has offered services of prayer and reconciliation and provided meeting space for community and church leaders. Under the leadership of Rev. Willis Johnson, the church has been on the forefront of efforts to ease tensions, offer consolation and prayer for those who grieve, and to seek the truth about the events that led to the death of Michael Brown.

Let me strongly suggest that you listen to the following National Public Radio interview with Rev. Willis Johnson for the program All Things Considered. The interview and the accompanying photograph are powerful, and they bear witness to the courage and faith of United Methodists on the front lines as they engage issues of race, anger, fear, and a longing for reconciliation.

I would also draw your attention to the article by Heather Hahn of the United Methodist News Service. Her article highlights the involvement of other United Methodist Churches in the St. Louis area and from across Missouri that have reached out with volunteers to help with educational ministries for children and youth during the time that the Ferguson schools have been closed. The Missouri Conference Office of Mission, Service, and Justice has also offered support and volunteers to help with such basic tasks as clean up and support for those businesses that have been looted or suffered damage. Heather’s article can be found at

United Methodist voices, including that of the Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (an active United Methodist himself), have sought to de-escalate rather than to intensify, to work toward peace and justice rather than to avoid, blame, or ignore.

We continue to hold in our prayers all those who have most personally and painfully been affected by the violence, and we continue to look for opportunities to serve and to bring a ministry of healing to a community that has been deeply hurt.

We ask for your support. If you are looking for a way to engage positively, I invite you to correspond directly with Rev. Johnson at Wellspring United Methodist Church in Ferguson:
Facebook: Wellspringchurchstl
Twitter: WellspringSTL or FWillisJohnson
You may also contact the Missouri Conference Office of Mission, Service, and Justice Ministries: 573-474-7155

Yours in Christ,
Robert Schnase



Monday - August 18, 2014
QuadW Missional Internship Receives YCI Grant of $86,000

(Rev. Don Woolley) - The QuadW Missional Internship has been awarded an $86,000 grant from the Young Clergy Initiative, administered by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) of the United Methodist Church. This grant will fund expansion of the QuadW Missional Internship into the Western, North Central, and Northeastern Jurisdictions of the UMC.

We are grateful and excited about this opportunity to partner with the YCI and United Methodist churches to help young people explore their calling. This exploration will happen in a missional context where young people will live in Christian community while serving God in some of our most challenging communities. Our hope is to raise up leaders who will lead the church into the mission field that surrounds us, making a real difference in the lives of others as they share the love of Christ in word and deed.

The QuadW Missional Internship was founded through the hard work of United Methodists across the Mobile District and through the generous support of the QuadW Foundation ( This foundation exists to honor the life and memory of Willie Tichenor, who lost his battle with osteosarcoma at the age of 19. The name “QuadW,” or “WWWW,” stands for “What Would Willie Want?” In answer to that question, the internship reflects Willie’s love of mission and his desire for others to experience transformative mission for themselves. The QuadW Missional Internship (formerly “3.0”) just finished its sixth summer in Mobile, Alabama and has now expanded to Montgomery, Pine Bluff (AR) and Kansas City (MO and KS). We are very grateful to the Young Clergy Initiative for this opportunity to launch the internship in new places around the country.

To read the full GBHEM release, click here

Thursday - August 14, 2014
An Invitation To Catapult 2014

One of the emphases of my address to the annual conference was that every church can be a missional-invitational church. Every church within the bounds of the Alabama-West Florida Conference can embody the God who sends and the God who welcomes. It is from this missional-invitational posture that we can more effectively make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

Today, I want to tell you about how you can learn more about missional life and ministry and what it means that the Church is sent into the world. CATAPULT (, one of the leading missional leadership conferences in our region, will be held on September 15-17 at Cornerstone UMC in Auburn. During your time at CATAPULT, the community sessions will allow you to hear from leading practitioners and thinkers of the missional movement, providing inspiration and challenge. The breakout sessions will focus on providing you practical ways to engage and serve your neighbors.

Community session speakers will be Jorge Acevedo and Arlene Jackson (Grace United Methodist Church, Fort Myers), Alan and Deb Hirsch (Forge), Romal Tune (author, God’s Graffiti), Rob Wegner (author, Missional Moves), and Mike Frost (author and missiologist). You will find new ways to love, serve, and reach your neighbors through the insights of these engaging speakers and the movement of the Holy Spirit within you.

The emphasis at CATAPULT is action. Because of the high number of registrations in past years, CATAPULT has been able to give back a part of its registration fees in the form of missional grants, which have helped to launch more than 10 ministries within the bounds of the Alabama-West Florida Conference over the last four years. More will be launched in 2014. I hope you will be there so that more and more we might embody the missional impulse of our God.

With Deep Appreciation,
Paul L. Leeland

Monday - August 11, 2014
New Cabinet Meets in Scheduled July Session

(Dr. Jeremy Pridgeon) - The Cabinet of the Alabama-West Florida Conference met recently in Montgomery. The session was devoted primarily to reviewing the overall mission and ministry of the conference. Bishop Leeland and the district superintendents were apprised of the ongoing work to develop spiritual directors to work with individual clergy and laity, as well as congregations, in areas of spiritual formation and disciplines. Reverend Dan Pezet, the Director of Congregational Vitality, shared with the gathering about his work with congregations to assess their current context in ministry in an effort to determine what steps are necessary in order to help the church take the next best step for their particular situation. Martha Rovira, Director of Hispanic Ministries, updated the superintendents on the work of our pastors who are working with our Hispanic brothers and sisters throughout our area, highlighting the increasing growth of the number of Hispanic persons in the conference as a tremendous opportunity for ministry.

Susan Hunt, Director of Mission & Advocacy, shared of the tremendous response to the "Imagine No Malaria" campaign. The goal of the conference is to save 100,000 lives on the continent of Africa. To date, the people of Alabama-West Florida have raised the funds necessary to save the lives of over 63,000 people! We are closing in on our goal and we will be identifying ways through the rest of this year to encourage individuals and congregations to support this effort in the ongoing work to eradicate malaria.

Reverend Neil McDavid, Director of Connectional Ministries, provided an update on the flood recovery in the Florida panhandle and Baldwin Co., AL following the April event. UMCOR provided a $100,000 emergency grant request and we anticipate additional resources being used to help rebuild lives and homes over the next 18 months. We continue to live into the Comprehensive Plan of Inclusiveness, seeking to start a new African American congregation each year, as well as looking for ways to begin new faith communities, either through developing campuses of existing congregations or new church starts, as these efforts prove most fruitful in helping to reach new persons.

Support for the conference connectional giving is up 1.8% year to date over 2013, continuing a trend that we have seen now for several years. This is encouraging and we are grateful to the pastors and congregations that are fully participating in the budgetary covenant set by our brothers and sisters of the annual conference. Thank you!

The Academy for Congregational Excellence, directed by Reverend Ron Ball, is planning another year of learning opportunities for clergy in the areas of preaching and leadership. Catapult will be held next month and we look forward to welcoming Dr. Jorge Acevedo as the presenter.

The Cabinet also outlined their work for the coming year, which will include training for all superintendents and extended cabinet members as coaches to work with clergy and laity in their respective congregations. This year-long process will enable us to better connect with our districts and guide leaders in our communities to help them see opportunities to connect the church with the world around them.

Additionally, the Cabinet has attended the Five Day Academy at Camp Sumatanga, devoting time to their own formation and development, seeking to model spiritual leadership for the annual conference. This was a timely gathering as there was opportunity to welcome the four new district superintendents: Dr. Larry Bryars, Reverend Sara Shaver, Reverend John Brooks, and Dr. Chris Eckert to the Cabinet who began their work on July 1st.

This new conference year is a source of hope and opportunity for our churches in the Alabama-West Florida Conference. We pray that God will bless our efforts to be faithful witnesses from the Gulf Coast to central Alabama, from the Georgia line to the Mississippi line and beyond, wherever our people go to serve throughout the world. Thank you for your leadership in your respective communities and for making a difference in the lives of those who live and call our area home! 

Monday - August 11, 2014
The Power of a Small Envelope

Life-changing moments are expected to happen with the birth of a child, marrying your true love, saying goodbye to a parent, perhaps even being called into the ministry. It’s the unexpected moments and generosity of others that can have a profound impact on one’s life.

On the evening of August 7, 2014, a capacity crowd gathered at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Montgomery, AL, to celebrate a remarkable foundation. The Stegall Seminary Scholarship Endowment Foundation held its annual banquet honoring numerous donors and hearing testimonies from current seminary students on how generosity has been life changing for them. An anonymous couple who told Dr. Stegall to, “invite everyone” underwrote the dinner. Pastors from around the AWF Conference also traveled to celebrate the evening.

The Stegall Seminary Scholarship Endowment Foundation was established upon Dr. Karl K. Stegall’s retirement from the ministry seven years ago. His passion then and now is to assist students financially as they obtain a seminary degree. Upon inception, each student received approximately $1200 per year. That amount, thanks to many in the crowd attending the dinner, is now $10,000 per year for full-time, on-campus students.

Rev. Patrick Quinn, teaching pastor at Frazer Memorial UMC and Candler School of Theology alumnus, welcomed those in attendance and served as the master of ceremonies. He served with Dr. Stegall as an associate pastor at Montgomery First United Methodist Church while attending seminary and recalls the small envelopes that would come in the mail at just the right time when he and his family were not sure how they would pay a bill.

Rev. Levi Gardner, who was recently commissioned as a provisional elder in the AWF Conference and serves as associate pastor at Perdido Bay UMC, offered the invocation as the banquet began. Dr. R. Lawson Bryan, senior pastor at Montgomery FUMC, welcomed special guests from Emory University and Huntingdon College’s Department of Religion. Four seminarians provided special music as dinner was served.

The highlight of the evening came from two current seminary students and one alumnus that personally thanked donors for allowing them to embrace the call into ministry. Hunter Pugh, a recent Vanderbilt Divinity School graduate, spoke of his late father and the impact he had on him in making the right decisions on his path to ministry. His father, the late Rev. Glen Pugh, died in a tragic car accident on Ash Wednesday earlier this year.

Perhaps the most powerful words cam from Emily Hagan. She is attending Asbury Theological Seminary online and is the mother of three small children. Her husband, Ebb, attended Princeton Theological Seminary and is now in his first appointment at Jay UMC in Jay, FL. Ebb was also a scholarship recipient. She candidly told of her family selling all of their possessions and driving across the country when Ebb started seminary. Tears passionately and lovingly flowed as she told about the small little envelopes that would show up at just the right time when she wondered if her family would be able to eat. She told the donors, “you have contributed so substantially that it fosters hope that {ministry} could become a reality.” She thanked donors for giving with no strings attached. She specifically thanked one donor from Montgomery, AL, who sent each of her children a $20 bill of their very own to spend however they wanted. Checking the mail for those small envelopes with the Stegall Foundation logo was a critical part of their family answering the call. But it’s not just the money in the envelopes. Notes of encouragement seem just as important to these persons who have sacrificed so much.

Rhett Butler is a current Duke Divinity School student who grew up in poverty and did not attend church until the age of 17. Through his choice to attend Huntingdon College, he realized ministry was his calling. He expressed that telling his family he was going into the ministry was one of the hardest things he has ever done. His family is unable to support him financially or spiritually so he leans on this devoted group of foundation donors and said, “you are helping them {seminary students} maintain their faith. He physically had no way to get to seminary and a car was even donated to him. Nothing has stood in the way of this young man hearing the call.

Board member Dr. Paulette Thompson recognized this year’s Stegall Scholarship Appreciation Award. This year’s recipient, Wayne Russell, battled the most serious health issues one could face and is a cancer survivor. She said, “For those in the know, he was an inspiration not only for his faithfulness to this new ministry for Christ’s church, but also for the undefeatable spirit he maintained as he battled multiple myeloma.“ Rev. David Saliba addressed the audience and reminded the group of the late Bishop Paul Duffey’s challenge of the “loaded” one dollar bill. A dollar bill that can be multiplied by God’s grace.

The Stegall Seminary Scholarship Endowment Foundation has a goal of reaching $5 million in donations. They are $100,000 short of that goal and encouraged donors to find that coveted small envelope at their dinner tables to help reach this milestone.

Dr. Karl Stegall closed the evening thanking the distinguished group and reminding them of the goal to be able to pay each seminary student in the AWF Conference’s tuition 100%. Karl is a tireless leader with a genuine passion who fully understands the dire need of good, young leaders in the United Methodist Church.

As one student expressed, no donation is too small. Those envelopes traveling across various states into the mailboxes of students just seem like regular US Mail. But, they are a substantial promise of hope, love and commitment. For the donors know that investments can have big returns—and they usually do in the form of baptisms, weddings and hours of pastoral leadership and care. To learn more about the Stegall Scholarship Foundation, go to or find them on Facebook at

Saturday - August 23, 2014
Seed Cast - Growing A Culture Of Generosity

The Conference Board of Discipleship, Division of Stewardship, presents SEED CAST:  GROWING A CULTURE OF GENEROSITY Saturday, August 23, 2014 at Christ United Methodist Church in Mobile, AL.  

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 is Rev. Dr. Clayton Smith, Executive Pastor of Generosity, United Methodist Church of the Resurrection.  Clayton Smith is the Executive Pastor of Generosity at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in the Kansas City area.  Dr. Smith also served for 25 years as Senior Pastor of three vital congregations in the Missouri Area.  Clayton serves his Missouri Area United Methodist Church as Pathways Partner Consultant in major gift fundraising for new church starts and leadership training for the next generation.  He is a graduate of Perkins School of Theology and completed his doctor of ministry degree in Preaching Stewardship at the Association of Chicago Theological Schools (McCormick Theological Seminary).  He and his wife, Lori, have four adult children and  two grandsons.

Cost is $45.  Cost includes lunch.

CEU’s will be awarded.

Attached below is a flyer.  Click HERE for an agenda.

For more information about this event, please contact Rev. Dan Pezet 334-356-8014 or





Thursday - August 28, 2014
Baypines District Leadership Team Meeting

The Baypines District Office will have a leadership team meeting August 28, 2014 at the district office beginning at 6 PM.  For more information about this meeting, please contact the district office 251-580-2021.


Thursday - August 28, 2014
BP Leadership Team Meeting

The Baypines District Office will have a leadership team meeting August 28, 2014 at the district office beginning at 6 PM.  For more information about this meeting, please contact the district office 251-580-2021. 

Sunday - August 31, 2014
Faith Day at Turner Field

Faith Day at Turner Field will include an inspiring concert with Newsboys! All Faith Day events will take place at the conclusion of the game and will also include testimonies from the Atlanta Braves personnel as well.

Faith Day includes:

  • Braves game vs. the Marlins starting at 5:10 PM
  • Pregame performance by 1 Girl Nation in the Fan Plaza
  • Newsboys post-game concert
  • Braves personnel sharing their testimonies 

Ticket packages vary.  Click HERE for pricing.  

Below is a downloadable flyer.


Sunday - August 31, 2014
Pine Level UMC - Prattville 5th Sunday lunch

Join us for a fellowship "pot-luck" meal together on Sunday August 31st following the morning worship service.

Tuesday - September 2, 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 - August 19, 2014
Part Time Nursery Assistant - Port St. Joe UMC

First United Methodist Church of Port St. Joe, FL is seeking a part time nursery assistant to care for children ages 0-5 during Sunday School, Sunday worship services, Sunday nights, Wednesday nights, Friday mornings, and other church events as required.

Please submit a resume, contact information for at least 3 references and a cover letter to Atten: Nursery Position or P.O. Box 266 Port St. Joe, FL 32457 Attn: Bobbi Lassiter. 

Rev. Bobbi Lassiter
Associate Pastor
FUMC of Port St. Joe
(850) 227-1724 

Friday - August 15, 2014
Office Manager - St. Mark (Mobile, AL)

St. Mark United Methodist Church is seeking an Office Manager 9am – 1pm Monday through Thursday.

Click HERE to see the full job description.

Send resume, which includes three references to:
Rev. Matt O’Reilly
St. Mark United Methodist Church
439 Azalea Road
Mobile, AL 36609


Wednesday - August 13, 2014
Director of Weekday Children’s Ministry - Dothan First

First United Methodist Church of Dothan, Alabama, is seeking to fill the position of Director of Weekday Children’s Ministry.  This is a full-time ministry position with benefits. 

The applicant is desired to have an undergraduate degree with a preference in early childhood or elementary education.  The applicant should have experience in working with weekday children’s programs and management experience. 

Please send resumes to Rudy Heintzelman, Executive Pastor at

Application deadline is August 31. 

Wednesday - August 6, 2014
Audio Engineer - Lynn Haven UMC

Lynn Haven United Methodist Church (Panama City, FL) is looking for two part time Audio Engineers.  

Qualifications and Skills Required:

  • Growing faith in God
  • Work in a team setting and take directions
  • Able to mix audio in the live environment or willing to attended training and work alongside a mentor
  • Able to think quickly and troubleshoot high stress situations
  • Have commitment to a local church small group
  • Willing to attend training and learn from training material for improving existing skills

Please send resumes to Brad Burke,  or Tyler Corbin,  


Wednesday - August 6, 2014
Executive Administrative Assistant - Gulf Breeze UMC

Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church is seeking an Executive Administrative Assistant.  This is a 30 hour/wk position supporting the Senior Pastor and Associate with calendar, appointments, coordination of events, minutes from board meetings, spreadsheets and general clerical/reception responsibilities. This person should have previous experience, preferably in a church, and be able to multi-task and work well with others or by themselves. Strong computer skills are required.

To apply contact Paula Reid at 



Wednesday - August 6, 2014
Part-Time Worship Leader - Prattville FUMC

First United Methodist Church of Prattville (FUMC) is hiring a Part-Time Worship Leader to provided leadership for The Well, FUMC’s contemporary service.

Applicants should have the skills and experience necessary to lead and coordinate all aspects of The Well including: leading congregational worship, facilitating the growth and excellence of our worship band, coordinating volunteers, doing set-design, coordinating media and sound. We are seeking a positive, energetic, and creative person who can work well in a team and has a strong faith in Christ.

A complete job description can be found at

Interested applicants should submit their resume to Senior Pastor Dr. Rob Couch (



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. 


Monday - June 9, 2014
Kicklighter - Hampton

We are sorry to report the death of Rev. Hampton Kicklighter (retired).  Hamp died June 9, 2014.

He is survived by his wife, Suzy.

Visitation will be held Thursday, June 12, 2014 at First United Methodist Church, Montgomery beginning at 1:00 PM.  Funeral services will follow at 2:00 PM.

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

Saturday - June 7, 2014
Hendricks - Robert

Robert Edward Hendricks, of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, died at home June 7, 2014 on his 83rd birthday. He was born to Eugene and Mary Dozier Hendricks in Jay, Florida, the youngest of nine children.  Robert graduated from Pensacola Junior College in 1951, Troy State Teachers College in 1952, and Emory University Candler School of Theology in 1956.

As a student, Robert entered the Methodist ministry and served as pastor of several Methodist Churches in Alabama. Upon graduation from seminary, he entered the U.S. Air Force Chaplaincy. After training at Lackland AFB, Texas, he served at McClellan AFB, California; Elmendorf AFB, Alaska;  Eglin AFB, Florida; the Air Force Academy, Colorado; Ramstein AB, Germany; Keesler AFB, Mississippi; Hickam AFB, Hawaii;  Norton AFB, California; Scott AFB, Illinois; Langley AFB, Virginia; and Eglin AFB again, from which he retired in 1986.  Upon retirement, he became the pastor of The Community Church of Santa Rosa Beach for seventeen years and retired from that position on December 31, 2001.

Robert, who became known as Bob when he entered the Air Force, married Barbara Ann Rodgers of Pine Level, Alabama, in June 1954.  They have three children: Rodger Eugene, Christine Roberta, and Lynn Ann.

Bob is survived by his wife; Barbara; his son Rodger and wife Linda of Archer, Florida; daughter Christine of DeFuniak Springs, Florida; and daughter Lynn and husband Gregory Porter and their sons Seth, Brice, and Justin of Daphne, Alabama.  His sister Frances Kilpatrick of Huntsville, Alabama, also survives, along with several nieces and nephews.

Bob was preceded in death by two brothers who died in childhood and another who died in infancy, as well as three other brothers and a sister.

A Memorial Service will be held for Bob at the Point Washington United Methodist Church on Saturday, July 12, at 11 AM, followed by a reception in The Stephen Center.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Point Washington UMC, 1290 North Highway 395, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459 or The Community Church, POB 1723, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459.


Saturday - May 31, 2014
Jones - Joseph Joel

Jones, Rev. Joseph "Joel," age 85, a resident of Montgomery, AL, passed away on Saturday, May 31, 2014. He served over 50 years as a minister in the Alabama-West Florida conference of the United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Eleanor Huggins Jones; his children, Julie Mogren, Keith Jones, and Janeen Stewart; 9 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Stegall Seminary Scholarship Endowment Foundation, P.O. Box 242661, Montgomery, AL 36124.


Monday - August 11, 2014
The NewsCONNECTION, August 11

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Monday - July 28, 2014
The NewsCONNECTION, January 28

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Monday - July 14, 2014
The NewsCONNECTION, July 14, 2014

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Thursday - June 26, 2014
Focus on Mission, June 2014

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Monday - June 23, 2014
The NewsCONNECTION, June 23, 2014

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Thursday - June 5, 2014
2014 Annual Conference: In Brief and Bulletin Recap

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