MISSION AND MINISTRY:
Our mission is to be the collective memory of the AWF Conference by preserving facts, and resources and making them readily accessible to researchers. Thus, decisions can be made more wisely, and our ancestors’ stories may inspire many to become disciples of Christ.
A BRIEF HISTORY:
The Methodist Archives Center is the central depository for the archival and historical records of the Alabama-West Florida Conference. It was established in 1976 with the records collected and preserved by the Reverend Franklin S. Moseley, Historian of the Alabama-West Florida Conference from 1959 until his death in 1976. The records were transferred from Rev. Moseley's retirement home in Eutaw, Alabama, to the Huntingdon College Library.The Archives Center is a joint venture of the Conference Commission on Archives and History (COAH) and Huntingdon College. In 1976, under the leadership of the Rev. Dr. Glenn R. Massengale, a minister in the conference and then director of the Huntingdon College Library, an agreement was worked out whereby the college furnishes the space and the conference the funding for the administration of the depository. Dr. Massengale was named Conference Archivist/ Historian, and Mary Ann Pickard (Mrs. William M., Jr.) was employed to assist him. In 1984, upon Dr. Massengale's retirement, Mrs. Pickard was named Archivist and administrator of the depository. Upon her retirement July 1, 2008, Sharon Tucker (Mrs. Allen) was named Conference Archivist and was introduced at the 2008 Annual Conference session. The position of historian has been a volunteer position. After Dr. Massengale’s retirement, other historians have been Rev. Joe Curtis named in 1992, Rev. Jabe Fincher named in 2002, and Rev. Thad Chesser named in 2007.
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Annual Church History Record (WORD)
Sharon Tucker, Archivist
Methodist Archives Center
Huntingdon College Library
Montgomery, Alabama 36106
COMMISSION ON ARCHIVES AND HISTORY
(Standing Rule 32 and ¶641, 2012 Book of Discipline)
Chairperson: Rev. Pamela Avery (08)
Vice Chairperson: Jason Gregg (12)
Recording Secretary/Financial Secretary: Anthony Leigh
Archivist: Sharon Tucker
Dr. Robert H. Couch (05), Rev. Pamela Avery (08), Lynn Hamric (08), Jay Higginbotham (08), Mary Jo Morton (08), Eugenia Trawick (08), Jason Gregg (12), Lori Moneyham (12), Rev. E. Andrew Blackmon (12)
Ex-Officio Members with Vote
The Resident Bishop: Bishop Paul L. Leeland
The Conference Secretary: Dr. Neil Epler
Conference Historian (unless receiving compensation): Rev. Thad Chesser
Representatives from Huntingdon College: Anthony Leigh, Eric Kidwell
President of AWFC Historical Society: Myrtice Carr
Ex-Officio Member without Vote: Archivist, Sharon Tucker