Lee County Recovery

Thank you for your interest in helping those affected by the tornadoes that struck Lee County on March 3, 2019. 

Read the latest news report about the UMC's work in Lee County here.


If you would like to contribute with financial donations to the Lee County response, checks made payable to AWFC can be sent to the conference or district office at 4719 Woodmere Blvd, Montgomery, AL 36106. Note "2019 Tornado response" in the memo line.


Many volunteer work teams are still needed for Hurricane Michael Recovery. Click here to find out how you can help there. 

This is how several local United Methodist Churches have been responding to the tornadoes in Lee County, as reported on March 13:

  • Several United Methodist pastors from the Lee County area responded the evening of March 3, providing crucial pastoral care to survivors and grieving families.  These pastors continue to provide care and support as recovery moves forward. 
  • District churches continue to provide generous care and capable leadership through pastoral care, overnight shelters, work teams, supplies, food, coordination, and financial support for survivors.
  • Alabama Rural Ministry, a United Methodist Ministry based in Macon and Lee Counties, has deployed staff and volunteers to assist in the effected areas.
  • District churches and East Alabama Medical Center are working to locate and furnish temporary housing for survivors.  
  • Rev. John Fox, District Disaster Response Coordinator, is working with churches and emergency agencies to coordinate our United Methodist response. 
  • Many of our local pastors are working closely with the East Alabama Medical Center as it seeks to coordinate relief efforts through “MEND: Rebuilding Lee County One Life at a Time.”

Read more here.


How You Can Help

  • Continue praying for those in Lee County and for our response efforts.
  • Financial donations are the number one way you can help. Checks may be sent to the conference office with a notation of “Lee County tornadoes” in the memo line. 
  • At this time, additional supplies are not needed. 
  • Churches wishing to send teams for day trips are asked to visit leecoema.com. Because the response is rapidly changing, please check this site before sending a group. Currently, all groups must register with EMA on the day of their trip and receive wristbands for admittance to the disaster area.  
  • Smaller groups of five or less people can contact Rev. John Fox, District Disaster Response Coordinator, at John.Fox@aumc.net to connect with a local work team.  
  • Teams seeking overnight accommodations can contact Rev. Lisa Pierce at lisa@arm-al.org for availability.   


The response to the Lee County tornado will be another long-term recovery ministry in the Alabama-West Florida Conference. As we partner with UMCOR and churches throughout our conference, we believe our connection will be an important part of rebuilding lives and homes. Additional questions can be directed to Rev. John Fox, District Disaster Response Coordinator, at John.Fox@aumc.net, or Dr. Jeff Wilson, District Superintendent, at DSMontOp@gmail.com.  


Click here to see photos from the site visit



See a statement from Jeff Wilson, District Superintendent here.

See a statement from Bishop David Graves here.


See updates from the Lee County EMA on their Facebook page here.

Auburn UMC has updates on their Facebook page here. Or subscribe to their updates here.


Watoola United Methodist Church.                                              Photo by Lisa Pierce


 In Smith's Station, Alabama.                                          Photo courtesy Auburn UMC