The Alabama-West Florida Conference is pleased to announce that Rev. Shawn York has been assigned to be the Hurricane Michael Response Director. York currently serves as the executive pastor at Gulf Breeze UMC. He will continue to preach on Sundays while serving in this response director role.
Rev. York owned a construction company prior to discerning his call into ministry. He has extensive disaster response experience after leading the flood relief efforts in 2014 in the Pensacola and Baypines Districts and was also instrumental in leading a response team after the earthquake in Haiti in January of 2010.
“After praying that the right leader in our conference would emerge, it was evident that Rev. York was the appropriate person to direct our Hurricane Michael response,” said Bishop David Graves. “The cabinet and I created this position to manage the on-the-ground conference recovery efforts. Shawn is a gifted leader who knows the panhandle area well and has the experience we need to offer our best response. He will be in the Marianna-Panama City District assessing all damaged areas and will work with Rev. Ashley Davis, AWF Director of Connectional Ministries, to ensure our work is efficient, effective and led by the Holy Spirit. I give thanks to Dr. Dan Morris and Gulf Breeze UMC for allowing us to utilize Shawn’s talents in this way. Join me in praying for Shawn as he begins his response work next week.”
York will also work with Mr. Bob Deich of the Louisiana Conference, who led similar efforts after Hurricane Katrina. Deich has graciously offered to share what he learned after the major storm hit the Louisiana Conference in 2005. For more information on Hurricane Michael disaster response in the Alabama-West Florida Conference, visit www.hurricanemichaelrecovery.org