A Note from the Conference Secretary

Dear Lay and Clergy Members of the Annual Conference and Conference Leaders,

We are excited about our gathering for the 2018 Annual Conference Session from Sunday, June 3, to Tuesday afternoon, June 5, 2018. Our host District Superintendent, Dr. Wayne Moseley, the Local Arrangements Coordinator, Mr. Bill Allen, and the marvelous army of volunteers that Bill led in 2017 are gearing up again to host us at the Jekyll Island Convention Center on Jekyll Island.

You will remember from the Annual Conference email sent on October 12 that our conference schedule has been shortened a day in order to address concerns over costs of hotel rooms and meals on the island. The full Annual Conference Program Planning Team has already met twice this year, and we have now scheduled our retiree recognition, Memorial Service, and other major worship services so that you can make plans accordingly.

Sunday, June 3, 2018
2:30 PM    Registration Opens
6:30 PM    Opening Worship Service
7:45 PM    Laity Orientation & Clergy Session

Monday, June 4, 2018
8:30 AM    Opening Plenary Session
11:00 AM  Golden Anniversary/Retiree Recognition
12:00 PM  Lunch
1:00 PM    Gathering of Family & Friends of Deceased Servants
2:00 PM    Memorial Service
3:20 PM    Afternoon Plenary Session
5:45 PM    Methodist Home Barbecue
7:30 PM    Ordination/Commissioning Service

Tuesday, June 5, 2018
8:30 AM    Morning Plenary Session
12:00 PM  Lunch
2:00 PM    Afternoon Plenary
3:15 PM    Fixing the Appointments/Sending Forth
4:00 PM    Adjournment

At the 2018 Conference Session, Bishop Bryan will lead us in celebrating our year-long emphasis on being “Alive Together in Worship,” and introduce the next year’s emphasis. We will be given tools to help us in planning ministry and engage in conversation around a “Way Forward” for our denomination.

Please see the links to the right for additional information related to annual conference. 

Please contact me if you have any questions.  

Dr. Jay Harris, Conference Secretary


Important Deadlines

Registration for Display Tables - May 1
Display spaces are available to groups and agencies related to the South Georgia Conference. Display spaces for United Methodist Church agencies cost $75 without power and $80 with power. This is the cost passed on to us by the Convention Center. Other non-UM agencies and vendors also have the opportunity to set up displays. Please see the display policy for those prices and conditions. The display policy as well as the registration form to reserve booth space can be found at Reservations for the space must be made by the May 1 deadline prior to the conference.

Banquets - May 1
If you have a group that would like to plan a banquet or special event, contact Dr. Wright Culpepper at or 912.261.8512, ext. 101. The deadline to book a banquet is May 1.

Questions  For questions regarding the business of Annual Conference, please contact Dr. Jay Harris at For questions regarding local arrangements or any general questions, please contact Bill Allen at or Kelly Roberson at 912-270-6172 or