A Living Hope: An Open Letter About the Future Of the Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church

September 13, 2022
Grace and Peace to you in our Lord Jesus Christ,

We are leaders who love the Alabama-West Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church and are praying for its hope-filled future. We believe no institution or denomination is perfect, including the United Methodist Church, but this Church has called us, nurtured us, and brought us into connection with God’s children of our conference and we will work to make it better each day.

United Methodists in southern Alabama and the panhandle of Florida have a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, and each of us has found the grace of Jesus Christ in United Methodist Churches. For us, the UMC has been a lifeboat in a chaotic world. We are committed to preaching and teaching the faith that we proclaim weekly in the creeds of the church. We affirm the traditional Methodist view that scripture is the primary source and standard for Christian doctrine. Scripture is primary to our understanding of the Triune God, the world, and ourselves, and “contains all things necessary for salvation (Articles of Religion).” We are committed to “spreading scriptural holiness all over the land (John Wesley).” These doctrines are rooted deeply in our worship, our lives, and our Book of Discipline. These are not negotiable.

We believe in salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. In fact, a theology that is captivated with grace—prevenient grace, justifying grace, sanctifying grace, and the means of grace—is our Wesleyan distinctive. Salvation cannot be earned or rendered by human action, whether by being good or cutting ourselves off from those we deem bad. It only comes as a gift from God. We believe that God loves the entire world and sent Christ to die for its salvation. We endeavor to be the kind of people that lift Christ up so he can “draw all people unto himself (John 12:32).”

We are Wesleyan evangelicals whose mission is “to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” Jesus is changing lives weekly in our churches, and as a result, we serve churches which are growing and witnessing regular professions of faith. We have church members who kneel side by side to take the sacrament of Holy Communion, knowing that they disagree on how best to live according to the example of Christ. They have chosen humility and loving service to God and neighbor over any issue that can divide them. And so have we. Therefore, we believe that the United Methodist Church is strategically positioned to reach the unchurched and those who are not already committed Christians.

God is not finished with The United Methodist Church. The Triune God who is making all things new is just beginning with us. The world does not need more denominations or church growth strategies. We need more of Jesus Christ and those willing to follow him. During this time of great division in the world, we are praying for revival and rebirth in our denomination. We are praying that the Holy Spirit will move anew in our time and do what the Spirit has done through the ages—bring us together, as on the day of Pentecost. Everyone is invited to be a part of this revival.

We will welcome conservatives, progressives, traditionalists, liberals—every single person—into a life changing relationship with Jesus.

We will commit to revitalizing all United Methodist congregations in the Alabama-West Florida Conference.

We will plant new churches to share the transforming love of Christ.

We will help women and men discern God’s call into ministry and equip them to lead these United Methodist Churches.

We will offer Christ to our communities. Our doors and hearts will always be open to those who long for a relationship with him and seek the refuge of his church, which Christ has opened to people of all ages, nations, and races.

We will love our neighbors, despite our disagreements about politics or scriptural interpretation.

We will proclaim and uphold the orthodox faith as contained in our Articles of Religion and Confessions of Faith. We believe these truths are not negotiable and are a means of uniting us as one in Christ.

The diversity in our 12-million-member church, active in over 100 countries, can be overwhelming. United Methodism in California looks different from Methodism in Alabama, not to
mention Tanzania or the Philippines, but that is one of the things we love about it. John Wesley, when defining what a Methodist was, said there were two marks:
“A Methodist is one, who has the love of God shed abroad in his heart...And he accordingly loves his neighbour as himself.”

We in the United Methodist Church are committed to loving God and neighbor, and we hope that you will join us in our exciting United Methodist movement in Alabama-West Florida. This is who we joyfully and earnestly commit to be as United Methodists, all for the glory of God. Christ is our living hope.

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CLERGY SIGNERS
The Rev. Dr. Geoffrey Lentz
Senior Pastor, First United Methodist Church of Pensacola, FL

The Rev. Dr. Jay D. Cooper
Senior Pastor, First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

The Rev. Dr. David R. Saliba
Senior Pastor, First United Methodist Church of Dothan, AL

The Rev. Robin C. Wilson
Pastor/Teacher/Author

The Rev. Dr. Darren McClellan
Senior Pastor, Fairhope United Methodist Church, Fairhope, AL

The Rev. Dr. Cory Smith
Senior Pastor, Auburn United Methodist Church, Auburn, AL

The Rev. Michael Precht
Senior Pastor, Dauphin Way United Methodist Church, Mobile, AL

The Rev. Amy Persons
Senior Pastor, Point Washington United Methodist Church, Santa Rosa Beach, FL

The Rev. Dr. Olivia Poole
Chair of AWF Board of Trustees
Pastor, St. Luke United Methodist Church, Enterprise, AL

The Rev. Emily Kincaid
Chair of AWF Board of Ordained Ministry and
Associate Pastor First United Methodist Church of Pensacola, FL, Deacon


The Rev. Richard Williams
Senior Pastor, Metropolitan United Methodist Church, Montgomery, AL
Director of the Beacon Center


The Rev. Dan Morris
Senior Pastor, Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church, Gulf Breeze, FL

The Rev. Christina Shaver
Pastor, St. Paul United Methodist Church, Gulf Breeze, FL

The Rev. Dr. James Ralph Wooten
Pastor, Jackson, Hebron, and Wesley Chapel UMC

The Rev. Dr. Nathan Attwood
Senior Pastor, First United Methodist Church of Marianna, FL

The Rev. Rebecca Rutherford
Pastor, Restoration United Methodist Church
Associate Pastor, First United Methodist Church of Marianna, FL, Deacon


The Rev. Dave Barkalow
Senior Pastor, First United Methodist Church of Port St. Joe, FL

The Rev. Brennan Peacock
Pastor, Luverne United Methodist Church, Luverne, AL

The Rev. Mark Lilly
Senior Pastor, First United Methodist Church of Pace, FL

The Rev. Dr. Holly Morales
Pastor, Chatom United Methodist Church and
Chalker Memorial United Methodist Church, Chatom, AL


The Rev. Paula Roane
Minister to Children and Families, Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church, Gulf Breeze, FL, Deacon

The Rev. Lucas Tribble
Associate Minister, First United Methodist Church, Montgomery, AL

The Rev. Ashlee Mosley Brown
Community Minister, Gulf Breeze United Methodist, Gulf Breeze, FL

The Rev. Jennifer Z. Medley
Affiliated Deacon, First United Methodist Church, Pensacola, FL

The Rev. Dave Marnell
Senior Pastor, Jubilee Shores United Methodist Church, Fairhope, AL

The Rev. Dr. E. Hunter Pugh
Blue Lake Board of Trustees Chair,
Senior Pastor, Brantley United Methodist Church and
Brunson Chapel United Methodist Church, Brantley, AL
Adjunct Professor at Huntingdon College


The Rev. Pam B. Barnhardt
Minister of Education, First United Methodist Church of Monroeville, AL, Deacon

The Rev. Dr. Rick Branch
Minister of Music, First United Methodist Church of Pensacola, FL

The Rev. Dr. Cheryl Stevenson
Pastor, St. Paul United Methodist Church, Eutaw, AL
St. Matthew United Methodist Church, Akron, AL
Jackson Chapel United Methodist Church, Sawyerville AL


The Rev. Deryl Pendleton
Pastor, Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, Mobile, AL

The Rev. Dr. Sam Parkes
Senior Pastor, Mary Esther United Methodist Church, Mary Esther, FL

The Rev. Dr. M. Kathryn Knight
AWF Counsel for the Church,
Pastor, Kingswood United Methodist Church, Mobile, AL


The Rev. Dr. Jeff L. Wilson
District Superintendent and Dean of the Alabama-West Florida Cabinet

The Rev. Diane Brake Everette
Senior Pastor, Church Street United Methodist Church, Selma, AL

The Rev. Micah Wright NCC, ALC
Pastor, Spring Hill Avenue United Methodist Church, Mobile, AL

The Rev. Kathy Fisher
Senior Pastor, Whitfield Memorial United Methodist Church, Montgomery, AL

The Rev. Cherie Meadows, Deacon
Pastor, Brewersville United Methodist Church, Livingston, AL
School Counselor, University Charter School, Livingston, AL


The Rev. Jacqueline D. Slaughter
Clergy in Residence, Metropolitan United Methodist Church, Montgomery, AL

The Rev. R. Steven Reneau
Pastor, Elba United Methodist Church, Elba, AL

The Rev. David Morris
Senior Pastor, First United Methodist Church of Enterprise, AL

The Rev. Dr. Jim Sanders
Pastor, Ramer United Methodist Church, Ramer, AL

The Rev. Bill Curtin
Senior Pastor, Foley United Methodist Church, Foley, AL

The Rev. Erin Bevis
Pastor, Thomasville United Methodist Church, Thomasville, AL

The Rev. Kristen Curtis Wright
Associate Minister, Ashland Place United Methodist Church, Mobile, AL

The Rev. Daniel Baughman
Pastor, St. Mark United Methodist Church, Pensacola, FL

The Rev. Bill Elwell
Senior Pastor, First United Methodist Church of Demopolis, AL

The Rev. Matthew Jordan
Pastor, Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, Enterprise, AL

The Rev. Alan Gantzhorn
Pastor, First United Methodist Church of Eufaula, AL

The Rev. Andy Gartman
Pastor, First United Methodist Church of Atmore, AL

The Rev. Kailey Beth Smith
Pastor, Lottie United Methodist Church and
Perdido United Methodist Church, Perdido, AL


The Rev. Christopher Walker
Pastor, Frisco City United Methodist Church and
Mineola United Methodist Church, Frisco City, AL


The Rev. Charles Nordstrom
Pastor, Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Mount Vernon, Alabama

The Rev. Ashley Davis
Assistant to the Bishop and Conference Secretary

The Rev. Jenni Hendrix
Director of Ministerial Services

The Rev. Chip Oakley
Pastor, Pine Grove United Methodist Church, Leroy, AL

The Rev. Sara Shaver
Senior Pastor, First United Methodist Church, Brewton, AL

The Rev. Dr. Sterling Boykin
Senior Pastor, Ashland Place United Methodist Church, Mobile, AL

The Rev. Kelli Hitchman-Craig
Associate Pastor, Auburn United Methodist Church, Auburn, AL

The Rev. Patrick Hitchman-Craig
Associate Pastor, First United Methodist Church of Opelika, AL

The Rev. Darrin Scott Isaac
Director of Music Ministries, Point Washington United Methodist Church, Santa Rosa Beach, FL

The Rev. Pamela Avery
Associate Pastor, Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church, Gulf Breeze, FL

The Rev. Elizabeth Hinton
Pastor, Piney Grove United Methodist Church, Rehobeth, AL and
Taylor United Methodist Church, Taylor, AL


The Rev. Dr. Scott Hohn
Associate Pastor, Perdido Bay United Methodist Church, Pensacola, FL

The Rev. Dr. Debora Bishop
District Superintendent, Baypines and Mobile Districts

The Rev. Dr. Pianapue TK Early
Pastor (On-Loan), Granbery Memorial United Methodist Church, Covington, Virginia

The Rev. Chandler C. Robbins
Associate Pastor for Youth Ministries, First United Methodist Church of Fort Walton Beach, FL

The Rev. Gillian Walters
Senior Pastor, First United Methodist Church of Fort Walton Beach, FL

The Rev. Jim DuFriend
Pastor, Bashi United Methodist Church, Jackson, AL and
Creels Chapel United Methodist Church, Jackson, AL and
Lower Peach Tree United Methodist Church, Thomasville, AL


The Rev. Ashley Wilkinson Meyer
Executive Director, United Ministries of Pensacola
Cokesbury United Methodist Church, Pensacola, FL


The Rev. Chris McCain
Associate Pastor, First United Methodist Church of Prattville, AL


The Rev. Gene Nelson
Senior Pastor, Fitzpatrick United Methodist Church, Fitzpatrick, AL and
Union Springs United Methodist Church, Union Springs, AL


The Rev. Jennifer Guidoni
Senior Pastor, The Way United Methodist Church, Pace, FL

The Rev. Dr. Ed Glaize
Senior Pastor, Boone United Methodist Church, Boone, NC

The Rev. Barbara Brewi
Senior Pastor, Red Level United Methodist Church, Red Level, AL and
Mt. Zion - East United Methodist Church, Andalusia, AL


The Rev. Kathy Lincks Jorgensen
Chair of the Order of Deacons,
Associate Pastor, Dauphin Way United Methodist Church, Mobile, AL


The Rev. Molly Cross
Pastor, Antioch United Methodist Church, Notasulga, AL and
Roxana United Methodist Churches, Opelika, AL


The Rev. John Kelsoe
Associate Pastor, Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church, Gulf Breeze, FL

The Rev. Mary LuAnne Houser
Clergy in Residence, Spiritual Director, St. Luke United Methodist Church, Montgomery, AL

The Rev. Dr. Woods Bradshaw Lisenby
Executive Pastor, Dauphin Way United Methodist Church, Mobile, AL

The Rev. Dr. Philip McVay
Lead Pastor, Shalimar United Methodist Church, Shalimar, FL

The Rev. Joshua McLamb
Associate Pastor, Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church, Gulf Breeze, FL

The Rev. Sean Peters
Associate Pastor, First United Methodist Church of Dothan, AL

The Rev. Dana Pender Brady
Co-Pastor, St. Luke United Methodist Church, Pensacola, FL

The Rev. Dr. Craig B. Bailey
Pastor, Tabernacle United Methodist Church, Dothan, AL

The Rev. Tammy McMillan
Pastor, Stapleton United Methodist Church, Stapleton, AL

The Rev. John Simonson
Associate Pastor, Foley United Methodist Church, Foley, AL

The Rev. Teresa Johnson
Senior Pastor, Greystone United Methodist Church, Dothan, AL

The Rev. Laura L. Parker
Associate Pastor, Fairhope United Methodist Church, Fairhope, AL

The Rev. John O. Blount
Senior Pastor, St. Andrew United Methodist Church, Panama City, FL

The Rev. Dr. Robbins Sims
Retired Pastor serving Arnold’s Chapel UMC, North Alabama Conference

The Rev. Sheila Bates
Senior Associate Pastor, Impact Church, Atlanta, GA

The Rev. Donna Cumbie
Pastor, Pondtown United Methodist Church, Hartford, AL

The Rev. Tommy Cumbie
Pastor, Center Ridge United Methodist Church, Coffee Springs, AL

The Rev. Tripp Gulledge
Seminarian, Member of Charge Conference, Eclectic United Methodist Church, Eclectic, AL

The Rev. Julie Hare
Chair, Montgomery-Opelika District Committee on Ordained Ministry
Director of Care Ministries, Auburn United Methodist Church, Auburn, AL


The Rev. Melanie Sebastian Foust
Associate Pastor, First United Methodist Church of Ozark, AL

The Rev. Richard Holmes
Pastor, Careron Chapel UMC, Brantley, AL

The Rev. Roger Whitaker
Pastor, Red Hill United Methodist Church, Bonifay, FL, and
East Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, Graceville, FL


The Rev. Jason Thrower
Senior Pastor, First Ozark United Methodist Church, Ozark, AL

The Rev. Scott Grantland
Pastor, Grace United Methodist Church, Auburn, AL

The Rev. J. Michael Bryan
Spiritual Care Coordinator/Chaplain,
Extension Ministry: Covenant Care, Panama City, FL


The Rev. Sarah Goolsby
Minister of Adult Discipleship, Auburn United Methodist Church, Auburn, AL

The Rev. Jean Tippit
District Superintendent, Pensacola and Marianna/Panama City Districts

The Rev. Cheryl Bray Sirotta
Therapist, Spiritual Director, Life Coach,
First United Methodist Church of Pensacola, FL


The Rev. Cheryl Smith Hinnen
Assistant Director, Bright Bridge Ministries, Pensacola, FL

The Rev. Jack Hinnen
Pastor, Gadsden Street United Methodist Church, Pensacola, FL

RETIRED CLERGY SIGNERS
The Rev. Frederick Outlaw
The Rev. Dr. Henry Roberts
The Rev. Dr. Tim Trent
The Rev. Robert B. Sweet Jr.
The Rev. Libba Garner Stinson
The Rev. Judson Stinson
The Rev. Fred Zeigler
The Rev. Lynn Smilie Nesbitt
The Rev. G. Damon Nolin
The Rev. Dr. Charlie Satterwhite
The Rev. Dr. Lance Moore
The Rev. Dr. James A. Belcher
The Rev. Dr. Mark LaBranche
The Rev. J. Walker Epps
The Rev. June Jernigan
The Rev. Mark C. Stewart
The Rev. Susan L. Beeson
The Rev. Charles Hale
The Rev. David Hendrix
The Rev. R. Neil McDavid
The Rev Virginia Beckham
The Rev. Charles Kendall
The Rev. Marg Perelli
The Rev. Dawn Bond
The Rev. Gerald A. Shelton
The Rev. Susan L. Beeson
The Rev. Rebecca Holmes
The Rev. Wayne Helms
The Rev. Norman Glynn Williams, Sr.
The Rev. Jerry Tanton
The Rev. Bill Watts
The Rev. Dr. Trish Bruner
The Rev. Bruce Fitzgerald
The Rev. Dr. Chris B. Hughes
The Rev. Sally Stewart
The Rev. Janet K. Lee
The Rev. Clive Knights
The Rev. Ruth Knights
The Rev. Edward Deabler
The Rev. Leonard H. Shults
The Rev. Dr. Nancy B. Warner
The Rev. Ruth Knights
The Rev. Tom East
The Rev. Curtis R. Smith
The Rev. Rachel Baxter
The Rev. John I. Baxter

LAY SIGNERS
Deaconess Clara Ester
Current President of National Association of Deaconesses and Home Missioners, Mobile, AL

Gene Lammers
Lay Member of Annual Conference
Fairhope United Methodist Church, Fairhope, AL 
 

Toby Rutherford
First United Methodist Church of Marianna, FL

Asher Carmichael
Spanish Fort United Methodist Church, Spanish Fort, AL

Pat Luna
2012 First Reserve and 2016 General Conference Delegate
Point Washington United Methodist Church, Santa Rosa Beach, FL


Donell Seager
Spiritual Director, First United Methodist Church of Pensacola, FL

Mary Catherine Phillips
Alabama-West Florida Director of Communications
First United Methodist Church, Montgomery, AL


Erma Head
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Sonny Dawsey
Auburn United Methodist Church, Auburn, AL

Dr. David Bowen
Member, Alabama-West Florida Conference Board of Laity
Auburn United Methodist Church, Auburn, AL


Lindsey Middleton
Auburn United Methodist Church, Auburn, AL

Joscelyne Cutchens
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Jennifer Guffin
First United Methodist Church of Eufaula, AL

Julie Terrell
Certified Lay Servant, Mount Zion United Methodist Church, Andalusia AL

Jen Thurow
Auburn United Methodist Church, Auburn, AL

Brittney Liebbe
Director of Family Ministries, Jubilee Shores United Methodist Church, Fairhope, AL

Lee Thigpen, MD
Member Board of Ordained Ministry,
First United Methodist Church, Crestview, FL


Sarah Beth Tribble
First United Methodist Church, Montgomery, Alabama

Amy Wadsworth Register
Auburn United Methodist Church, Auburn, AL

Dr. James Seay
Director of Music, First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Dr. Joshua Coble
Organist/Assistant Director of Music, First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Maggie Lawrence
Auburn United Methodist Church, Auburn, AL

Megan Burton
Auburn United Methodist Church, Auburn, AL

Emily Howard
Century United Methodist Church, Pike Road, AL 

Eleanor Upchurch Lucas
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Lisbeth Ash
First United Methodist Church of Dothan, AL

Kate Berry
Director of Children’s and Youth Music, First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Jeb Hunt
Member, Alabama West-Florida Conference Board of Global Ministries
First United Methodist Church of Pensacola, FL


Sue H. McInnish
First United Methodist Church, Montgomery, AL

Mary Tyler Ashe
Music Committee Chair, First United Methodist Church, Montgomery, AL

Barbara Helms
Auburn United Methodist Church, Auburn, AL

Patti Gibson
Auburn United Methodist Church, Auburn, AL

Janis Johnson
First United Methodist Church of Bonifay, FL

Joe Davis
Director of Mission and Outreach, Auburn United Methodist Church, Auburn, AL

Ann Grant Wadsworth
Auburn United Methodist Church, Auburn, AL

Betty Fields Copeland
First United Methodist Church, Montgomery, AL

Jennifer Venable-Humphrey
First United Methodist Church of Prattville, AL

Thomas Harrison
First United Methodist Church, Dothan, AL

Susan A. Cooper
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Dr. William S. Richardson, III
Lay Member to Annual Conference
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL


Frank Pass
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Barclay Avant
Auburn United Methodist Church, Auburn, AL

Jo Blount
Park Memorial United Methodist Church, Troy, AL

Carole Lee
First United Methodist Church of Dothan, AL

Paxton Tharp
Director of Children’s Discipleship, Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Montgomery, AL

Diane L. Buckner
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Paul Grisham
Auburn United Methodist Church, Auburn, AL

Starling Grisham
Auburn United Methodist Church, Auburn, AL

Bradley Moody
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Priscilla Tucker
First United Methodist Church of Dothan, AL

Aimee Steineker
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Joann Reifenberg
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Debbie Elwell
First United Methodist Church of Demopolis, AL

Rebecca R. Crews
Former Alabama-West Florida Lay Delegate, First United Methodist Church of Prattville, AL

Sharmon Morris
Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church, Gulf Breeze FL

Karen Ballard Cooper
First United Methodist Church of Prattville, Alabama

Brad Norris
Lay Leader, First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Kenneth Sims
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery. AL

Frances Wilkinson
Cokesbury United Methodist Church, Pensacola, FL

Katherine Alford
Trinity United Methodist Church, Prattville, AL

Scott Phillips
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Nathan Dickson
Lay Delegate to Annual Conference
Former Member, Board of Ordained Ministry Executive Committee
First United Methodist Church, Union Springs, AL


Elaine Mantle
First United Methodist Church of Crestview, FL

Cathy Thigpen
First United Methodist Church of Crestview, FL

Paul Barnett
Youth Pastor, Point Washington United Methodist Church, Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Lacey Adair
Lay Delegate to Annual Conference
First United Methodist Church of Pensacola, FL


Pamela Oates
First United Methodist Church of Prattville, AL

Sue Adkinson
First United Methodist Church of Dothan, AL

Howard Adams
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Sherry Luna
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Roy Roane
Lay Delegate to Annual Conference
Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church, Gulf Breeze, Florida


Torey Elmore
Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Montgomery, AL

Tara Sinco
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Carlyn Stinson
First United Methodist Church of Prattville, AL

Hon. Sue Bell Cobb
Former Member Conference Board of Trustees
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL


Sue Loftis
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Jana Whealdon
Auburn United Methodist Church, Auburn, AL

Nola Jean Ernest
Saint Luke United Methodist Church, Enterprise, AL

Barbara Ramsey
Fairhope United Methodist Church, Fairhope, AL

Trent Ernest
Lay Delegate to Annual Conference
St. Luke United Methodist Church, Enterprise, AL


Danna Strickland
First United Methodist Chirch of Montgomery, AL

Ann Phillips
Church member, Auburn United Methodist Church, Auburn, AL

Farrah Swearingen
First United Methodist Church of Marianna, FL

Grace Tanner Cook
First United Methodist Church, Montgomery, AL

Melissa Mikul
Choir Director, Luverne United Methodist Church, Luverne, AL

Bryan Poole
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Gretchen and Gaines McCorquodale
First United Methodist Church of Jackson, AL

Hope Hicks
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Dawn Wiggins Hare
General Secretary, General Commission on the Status and Role of Women, The United Methodist Church,
First United Methodist Church of Monroeville, AL


Steven C. Pearson
Delegate to Annual Conference
Fairhope United Methodist Church, Fairhope, AL


Liz Land
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Ann A. MAzenko
Lay Leader, Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church, Gulf Breeze, FL

Mr. Hal Hopkins
Marianna First United Methodist Church, Marianna, FL

Mr. Antonius G. Barnes
Former District Lay Leader-Marianna-Panama City, 2008 General Conference Delegate,
2016 Delegate SEJ Conference, 2022 Reserve Delegate to General Conference,
First United Methodist Church of Panama City, FL


Brittany Morris
First United Methodist Church of Enterprise, AL

Erin Tullos
First United Methodist Church of Enterprise, AL

Sheldon Martin
Alabama-West Florida Board of Laity,
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL


Elizabeth Bell
Delegate to Annual Conference 2022
First United Methodist Church


Sheldon Martin
Alabama-West Florida Board of Laity,
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL


Billy Bell
First United Methodist Church of Marianna, FL

Elizabeth Couey Smithart
Member, Board of Ordained Ministry,
First United Methodist Church of Union Springs, AL


Claire Windham
Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church, Gulf Breeze, FL

Gina Stanfield
First United Methodist Church of Dothan, AL

Jennifer Precht
Dauphin Way United Methodist Church, Mobile, AL

Kathy Norberg
Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church, Gulf Breeze, FL

Randy Howell
First United Methodist Church of Port St. Joe, FL

Hank Thompson
First United Methodist Church of Pensacola, FL

Bo Cavin
Auburn United Methodist Church, Auburn, AL

Malia Shelton
First United Methodist Church of Pensacola, FL

Patrick Cross
Roxana/Antioch United Methodist Church, Roxana, FL

Samuel Stanfield
First United Methodist Church of Dothan, AL

Sarah McWilliams
Conference Operations Coordinator, Alabama West Florida Conference
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL


Certified Candidate Jesse William Guffin II
Youth Minister, First United Methodist Church of Eufaula, AL

Pam Townsend
Auburn United Methodist Church, Auburn, AL

Tim Cottrell
First United Methodist Church of Opelika, AL

Mrs. Zillah Dunkle Fossum
First United Methodist Church of Marianna, FL

Christina D. Crow
Vice Chair, Alabama-West Florida Conference Board of Trustees
First United Methodist Church of Union Springs, AL


Julie Biddle
St. Luke United Methodist Church, Enterprise, AL

Maryann Robinson Horne
First United Methodist Church of Dothan, AL

Ralph A. Peterson
Lay Delegate to Annual Conference; and Chair, District Board of Trustees, Pensacola District,
Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church, Gulf Breeze, FL


Janet G. Peterson
Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church, Gulf Breeze, FL

Dr. Jan G. Burcham
Associate Dean, Columbus State University
Auburn United Methodist Church, Auburn, AL


Edwina Hanson
Lay Leader, Marlow United Methodist Church, Summerdale, AL

Jenna Hood
Fairhope United Methodist Church, Fairhope, AL

Addie F. Adams
Auburn United Methodist Church, Auburn, AL

Kim Doss
United Methodist Church Southern Region District Administrator
Christ United Methodist Church, Mobile, AL


Lynn Jinks
First United Methodist Church of Union Springs, AL

James M. Young
Trinity United Methodist Church, Fort Walton Beach, FL

Celeste Eubanks
Deaconess, Director of Connectional Ministries, Alabama-West Florida Conference

Laurel Akin
Deaconess, First United Methodist Church of Enterprise, AL

Julie Biddle
St. Luke United Methodist Church, Enterprise, AL

John R. Wible, JD
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Sharolyn Hunt
First United Methodist Church of Pensacola, FL

Alice Hinton
Marion United Methodist Church, Marion, AL

Barbara Synco
Park Memorial United Methodist Church, Troy, AL

Susan Nunnelly
Auburn United Methodist Church, Auburn, AL

Rebecca Hughes Williams, MSW
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Geraldine Stiffler
Baypines District President, United Women in Faith,
Foley United Methodist Church, Foley, AL


Suzanne Stamps Ides
Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church, Gulf Breeze, FL

Jenny Cone
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Gayle Thomas
Dothan District Lay Leader
District Lay Leader, Haleburg United Methodist, Columbia, AL


Dr. S. Patrick Walker
Luverne United Methodist Church, Luverne, AL

Sandra Walker
Luverne United Methodist Church, Luverne, AL

Madeline Hildreth
First United Methodist Church of Brewton, AL

Kathy Love McMaken
Lay Delegate to Annual Conference
Ashland Place United Methodist, Mobile, AL


Michelle Nelson
Robertsdale United Methodist Church, Robertsdale, AL

Jan Mashburn
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Steve Mashburn
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Anna Grace Glaize
First United Methodist Church of Brewton, AL

Laurie Moore
Auburn United Methodist Church, Auburn, AL

Archie Howell
Lay Supply Pastor, Mt. Hebron United Methodist Church and
Winslette Chapel United Methodist Church, Newton, AL


Patti Peacock
Luverne United Methodist Church, Luverne, AL

Sandra Peters
First United Methodist Church of Dothan, AL

Debbie Bracewell
AWF United Women in Faith Conference President
First United Methodist Church of Enterprise, AL


Melanie Smith
Ashland Place United Methodist Church, Mobile, AL

Larry B. McLemore
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Linda R. McLemore
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

David Wills
Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Montgomery, AL

Jim Roby
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Libba Roby
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Jeanne Pierce Jackson
First United Methodist Church of Marianna, FL

Ben Weaver
First United Methodist Church of Millbrook, AL

Susan S. Cox
First United Methodist Church of Ozark, AL

Miles Barnhardt
Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Montgomery, AL

Michelle Condon
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Lesley and Jim Cooper
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Betty Eddins
First United Methodist Church of Defuniak Springs, FL

Paula Turley
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Tom Turley
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Malisa Hanson
Auburn United Methodist Church, Auburn, AL

Elisabeth F. Lubin
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Ellen Canada
First United Methodist Church of Opelika, AL

Kristi McClellan
Fairhope United Methodist Church, Fairhope, AL

Blair Carmichael-Lober
Spanish Fort United Methodist, Spanish Fort, AL

Katherine C. Conely
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Cris Smith
First United Methodist Church of Bay Minette, AL

Sandra H. Harvey
First United Methodist Church of Prattville, AL

Brenda Boman
Notasulga United Methodist Church, Notasulga, AL

Geneva Hogan
Toulminville-Warren St. United Methodist Church, Mobile, AL

Jason Lober
Spanish Fort United Methodist Church, Spanish Fort, AL

David & Trish Sutley
Fairhope United Methodist Church, Fairhope, AL

Dan Windham
Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church, Gulf Breeze, FL

Lee Ann Hundley Boykin
Ashland Place United Methodist Church, Mobile, AL

Susan Hunt Sims
Deaconess

Sandra Hoffmam
Perdido Bay United Methodist Church, Pensacola, FL

Jay Robertson
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Donell Seager
First United Methodist Church of Pensacola, FL

Henry Lucas
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Suzan Christensen
Fairhope United Methodist Church, Fairhope, AL

Steven H. Christensen
Fairhope United Methodist Church, Fairhope, AL

Sandra Carmichael
Spanish Fort United Methodist Church, Spanish Fort, AL

Seth Gowan
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Kelsey Seager
First United Methodist Church of Pensacola, FL

Bob Reneau
First United Methodist Church of Wetumpka, AL

Karen Reneau
First United Methodist Church of Wetumpka, AL

Dan Windham
Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church, Gulf Breeze, FL

Wells Hammock
Fairhope United Methodist Church, Fairhope, AL

Elizabeth R. Hammock
Fairhope United Methodist Church, Fairhope, AL


Alan Duffee
First United Methodist Church of Marianna, FL

Lynn Beshear
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery

Robert Beshear
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery

C. Michael McInnish
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery

Jane K. Nelson
Cokesbury United Methodist Church, Pensacola, FL

Lu Ann Cobb
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery,AL

Natalie Isaac
Point Washington United Methodist Church, Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Lloyd Strickland
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Jane K. Nelson
Cokesbury United Methodist Church, Pensacola, FL

Toddy Savage
Auburn United Methodist Church, Auburn, AL

Sherry Steadham
First United Methodist Church of Port St Joe, FL

Averette Halr
Lay Delegate to Annual Conference
St. Paul United Methodist Church, Gulf Breeze, FL


Melba Bolton Richardson
Member, Board of Ordained Ministry
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL


George Kenton
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Sally Kenton
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Kate Wilson
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Kaye Westmark
First United Methodist Church of Pensacola, FL

James Earl Hyers
First United Methodist Church of Ozark, AL

Suzanne Long
First United Methodist Church of Crestview, FL

Stanley Long
First United Methodist Church of Crestview, FL

Andrea Harris
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Susan and Bill Davis
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Ron Head
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Patricia Burgess
Alaqua United Methodist Church, DeFuniak Springs, FL

Mrs. Bonnie Morris
Pine Forest United Methodist Church, Pensacola, FL

Alice Rolen
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Georgia Beaty
Auburn United Methodist Church, Auburn, AL

Jill Lowmsnn
Certified Lay Minister, First United Methodist Church of Clanton, AL

Sarah B. Dyess
First United Methodist Church of Monroeville, AL

Elizabeth Saliba
First United Methodist Church of Dothan, AL

William Steverson
Lay Leader, East Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, Graceville, FL


Paula Mathis
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Martha L. Borden
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

James P. Hamilton Ph.D.
Lay Delegate to Annual Conference, Perdido Bay United Methodist Church, Pensacola, FL

Tom Borden
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Bernadette Hackett, MSW, LCSW, PMCP
Member, Conference Board on Discipleship
First United Methodist Church of Port St. Joe, FL


John Nagy, Lay Member
First United Methodist Church of Port St. Joe, FL

Kristin Smith
First United Methodist Church, Montgomery, AL

Larry Fillmer
Auburn United Methodist Church, Auburn, AL

Bill and Beverly Ellis
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Susan Santoli
Ashland Place United Methodist Church, Mobile, AL

Paula Ramsey Pickett
First United Methodist Church of Port St. Joe, FL

Carol Hall
First United Methodist Church of Port St. Joe, FL

Madeline Hollon
First United Methodist Church of Port St. Joe, FL

Carol Barksdale
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Ruth Ann Powers
Summerville United Methodist Church, Phenix City, AL

Mary Jane Robertson
Shalimar United Methodist Church, Shalimar, FL

Geoff Cook
First United Methodist Church of Pensacola, FL

Jean Tribble
Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Montgomery, AL

Aleta Milton
Point Washington United Methodist Church, Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Dr. Tamara A. Marsh
First United Methodist Church of Port St. Joe, FL

William Steverson
Lay Leader, East Mt. Zion, Graceville, FL

Judy Williams
First United Methodist Church of Port St. Joe, FL

Glenn Yates
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Ellyn Hix
Auburn United Methodist Church, Auburn, AL

Joy Yates
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Vicki McArthur Abrams
First United Methodist Church of Port St. Joe, FL

Annie Griffin
Perdido Bay United Methodist Church, Pensacola, FL

Scott Miller
Point Washington United Methodist Church, Santa Rosa Beach, FL

John Pattillo
Gulf Shores United Methodist Church, Gulf Shores, AL

Andrea Pattillo
Gulf Shores United Methodist Church, Gulf Shores, AL

David E Belser
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Kylie McLeod
Cokesbury United Methodist Church, Pensacola, FL

Denise Mcleod
Cokesbury United Methodist Church, Pensacola, FL

Julia Fitzpatrick
Communications and Music Director for Alabama-West Florida Conference Wesley Heirs
First United Methodist Church of Ft. Walton Beach, FL


Judy Brooke
Good News United Methodist Church, Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Vernon Colbert
Fairhope United Methodist Church, Fairhope, AL

Jeannie Colbert
Fairhope United Methodist Church, Fairhope, AL

John Sechrist
Auburn United Methodist Church, Auburn, AL

Dottie and Jim Fore
First United Methodist Church of Jackson, AL

Ms Laura Young Palmer
Auburn United Methodist Church, Auburn, AL

Steve and Marcia Wheat
Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Montgomery, AL

James L. Martin
First United Methodist Church of Eufaula, AL

Larry Fillmer
Auburn United Methodist Church, Auburn, Alabama

Ellyn Hix
Auburn United Methodist Church, Auburn, AL

Judy Guin
Auburn United Methodist Church, Auburn, AL

John D. McGowin
First United Methodist Church of Jackson AL

Patricia Wogomon
First United Methodist Church of College Ave

Sue Hooper
Auburn United Methodist Church, Auburn, AL

Marjorie Smith Walters
Spanish Forth United Methodist Church, Spanish Fort, AL

Beth Allen
Spanish Fort United Methodist Church, Spanish Fort, AL

Zan Jones-Laity
Toulminville Warren Street United Methodist Church, Mobile, AL

Rowena Ward
Auburn United Methodist Church, Auburn, AL

Frances C. Chancey
Auburn United Methodist Church, Auburn, AL

Brynn McGlamery
Certified Candidate for Ordination in the Alabama-West Florida Conference
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL


Anne G. Searcy
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Tom Borden
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Miriam T. Sellers
Covenant United Methodist Church, Dothan, AL

Carolyn Witten
Lay Delegate to Annual Conference
First United Methodist Church of Port Saint Joe, FL


James Dahlman
Gulf Shores United Methodist Church., Gulf Shores, AL

Verna Jackie Dahlman
Gulf Shores United Methodist Church, Gulf Shores, AL

John P. Hagood
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Jackie Lucas
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Mary & Johnny Dunn
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Jennifer M. Hagood
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Judith Cantey
Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Montgomery, AL

Stella Matherne
First United Methodist Church of Eufaula, AL

Wanda Styles
First United Methodist Church of Eufaula, AL

Olivia Martin
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Brett and Jim Evans
First United Methodist Church of Butler, AL

Karla Jackson
First United Methodist Church of Dothan, AL

Bill Bryan
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Jason Gregg
Dalraida United Methodist Church, Montgomery, AL

Denise Tinney
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Milton Burke
St. Andrew United Methodist Church, Panama City, FL

Karen Varnson
First United Methodist Church of Pensacola, FL

Brian Desotell
Spanish Fort United Methodist Church, Spanish Fort AL

Rebecca Wilson
First United Methodist Church of Opelika, AL

Rhonda Bentley
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Bob Barnett. PE
First United Methodist Church of Pell City, AL

Michael P. Bentley, MD
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Lynne Thrower
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Elisabeth F. Lubin

Sallie Gowan
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Janelle Faulkner
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Dianne Nolen
Auburn United Methodist Church, Auburn, AL

David Housel
Auburn United Methodist Church, Auburn, AL

Gay Nell Desotell
Spanish Fort United Methodist Church, Spanish Fort, AL

Denah Ward
Cokesbury United Methodist Church, Pensacola, FL

Sheron C. Laney
First United Methodist Church of Demopolis, AL

Betty Stone
Conference Board of Trustees
Dauphin Way United Methodist Church, Mobile, AL


Brad and Susan Krehbiel
First United Methodist Church of Brewton, AL

Nolen Wilson
First United Methodist Church of Opelika, AL

Carlton McCombs
Spanish Fort United Methodist Church, Spanish Fort, AL

Lucy and Thomas Tankersley
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Nancy Deabler
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Kimi Oaks
Dauphin Way United Methodist Church, Mobile, AL

John L. Howard
First United Methodist Church of Eufaula, AL

Margaret Shanahan
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Daphne Johnston
Executive Director of Respite Ministries
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL


Charles Havard
Lay Leader, Trinity United Methodist Church, Semmes, AL

Jonathan Bowman
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Ruth Penton
Retired Diaconal Minister, First United Methodist Church of Enterprise, AL

Phillip and Ruth Parker
First United Methodist Church of Brewton, AL

Polly Pack
Foley United Methodist Church, Foley, AL

Tammi Deatherage
First United Methodist Church of Brewton, AL

Dr. James Deatherage
First United Methodist Church of Brewton, AL

Jennifer Simonson
Foley United Methodist Church, Foley, AL

Sally Alverson Sanders
Ramer UMC, Ramer, AL

Alicia Sellars Smith
Auburn UMC, Auburn, AL

Sarah Morgan Smith
Auburn UMC, Auburn, AL

Carolyn Ann Carr
Auburn UMC, Auburn, AL

Martha L. Borden
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Susan Percy
Providence United Methodist Church, Spanish Fort, AL

Chris J. Beam
St. Paul United Methodist Church, Gulf Breeze, FL

Linda Poole
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Ronald T. Poole
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, AL

Marvin Thomas
Auburn United Methodist Church, Auburn, AL

Sandra Hoffman
Perdido Bay UMC, Pensacola, FL

FRIENDS OF THE ALABAMA-WEST FLORIDA CONFERENCE
Troy Covington
Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, Atlanta, GA

Benjamin Drennan
Music Associate, Porterfield Memorial United Methodist Church, Albany, GA

The Rev. Jill Berquist
Pastor, Lake Jackson United Methodist Church, Tallahassee, FL

The Rev. Drew Colby
Pastor, Grace UMC, Manassas, VA

The Rev. ReNe’e R. Teague
Pastor, Virginia Conference, Richmond, VA

The Rev. Josh Munnikhuysen
Pastor, Trinity United Methodist Church, Orange, VA

Rev. Sandra K. Olewine
District Superintendent, South District, California-Pacific Conference

Robert Maedgen
Church of the Good Shepherd, Lookout Mountain, TN

Matt Dailey
Lay Delegate to General Conference, Florida Annual Conference

The Rev. Amy E. Grant
Pastor, Virginia Conference, Palmyra, VA

The Rev. Lauren Cowan
Pastor, Bethel United Methodist Church, North Hall County, GA

The Rev. Dr. Randy Frye
Lead Pastor, First Broad St. United Methodist Church, Kingsport, TN

Don Bynum
Grace United Methodist Church, Manassas, VA

Nita Wright
First United Methodist Church of Smyrna, TN

Dr. Kathryn Moore
Elder, Shallowford Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, GA

Dr. David Daniel
Minister of Music and Worship Arts, Duluth First United Methodist Church, Duluth, GA

The Rev. Amy Armistead
Pastor, The Gathering Place United Methodist Church, Daytona Beach, FL

The Rev. Macon Armistead
Minister of Congregational Care, Coronado Community United Methodist Church, New Smyrna, FL

The Rev. Dr. Susan Martin Taylor
Retired Elder, North Georgia Conference

The Rev. Thomas Phillips
Retired Chaplain, North Alabama Conference

Evelyn Pierson
First United Methodist Church of Gadsden, AL

Cherri Howdy
First United Methodist Church of Washington, NC

The Rev. Ed Fisher
Pastor, Jamestown United Methodist Church, Elkhart, IN

The Rev. Edgar De Jesus
Lead Pastor, Davis Street United Methodist Church, Burlington, NC

The Rev. Neal Christie
Full Member, Greater New Jersey Conference and
Affiliate Member, Baltimore-Washington Conference, Washington, DC
BA Miskowiec, CLM
Director of Spiritual Formation, St. Marks United Methodist Church, Charleston, WV


BA Miskowiec, CLM
Director of Spiritual Formation, St. Marks United Methodist Church, Charleston, WV

Elise Hinton
First United Methodist Church of Tuscaloosa, AL

Michelle Morgan
First United Methodist Church of Gadsden, AL

Scott E. Amundsen
First United Methodist Church of Oneonta, NY

The Rev. Sherry Driscoll
Retired, New York Annual Conference, , Fuquay-Varina, NY

Muteba Mwongenu Pasa
Pasteur Associé, Jerusalem Francophone United Methodist Church, Lubumbashi, Congo - Kinshasa

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