Plans underway for 2016 Annual Conference session; new location announced for 2017 Annual Conference session


By Kara Witherow, Editor

Plans are well underway for the 2016 South Georgia Annual Conference session, set for June 8 through June 11 in Tifton at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center. 

“I am excited about the opportunity to continue to grow as disciples of Jesus Christ through conferencing together,” said Bishop James R. King, Jr., episcopal leader of the South Georgia area. “Our Annual Conference is designed in the Wesleyan tradition to the extent that we include fresh opportunities for teaching and learning. The goal of every Christian is to share the gospel and participate in growing a Christlike world. I am excited about our time to fellowship, hear new presenters, and organize ourselves in ways that help us do the work of God on earth.”

Gathering under the theme of “Testify and Multiply,” based on Acts 2:40-41 (NRSV), which says, “And he testified with many other arguments and exhorted them, saying, ‘Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.’ So those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand persons were added,” this year’s Annual Conference session will focus on witnessing, one of the Ten Timeless Values, and will provide attendees the opportunity to serve, fellowship, and worship together. 

“We’re really excited about this year’s annual conference because it will be the 150th session of the South Georgia Annual Conference,” said Dr. Jay Harris, Conference Secretary. “We will be celebrating and learning from our history as an annual conference throughout our time together. We will also be celebrating and recalling the ministry of Bishop King over the past eight years as he has served our conference so faithfully.”

South Georgia Conference members will experience a new Annual Conference session location and venue when the 2017 Annual Conference session is held at the new Jekyll Island Convention Center.

Opened in May 2012, the Jekyll Island Convention Center boasts remarkable views of the Atlantic Ocean and is the only oceanfront convention center on the east coast south of New Jersey.

“We hope this will be a good time for families of clergy and lay delegates to come and join us and enjoy the setting,” Dr. Harris said.

Visit regularly to keep up with information related to the 2016 Annual Conference session. A resolution passed at the 2015 Annual Conference session called for a change in the distribution of materials at Annual Conference. Only those clergy and lay members to Annual Conference who choose to opt-in will receive paper materials. All materials, including the Book of Recommendations and Reports, will be made available online on the conference website in electronic format.