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SEJ Cabinet Consultation

January 20-23, 2015

Epworth by the Sea, St. Simons Island, GA

2015 Theme: Poverty: Transformation through Ministry with the Poor

Mark your calendars to attend the annual SEJ Cabinet Consultation at beautiful Epworth by the Sea! Come worship, fellowship, and network with fellow appointees. Program includes music, plenary sessions, and time for personal restoration. Participate in a poverty simulation to gain understanding of the dynamics and complexities of poverty. Leadership includes George Howard as the plenary speaker and Bishops Jonathan Holston and Bill McAllily as the Bishops in residence. CEU credit available.

Recommended reading for the SEJ Cabinet Consultation is Love.Period. by Rudy Rasmus. 

Program Fee is $150 per person or $210 per couple and includes worship & plenary sessions.

Tammy McDowell, Assistant Director of Program Ministries


Program: Register online or download the registration form (.pdf)

Lodging: Book lodging online. For questions, email Epworth@epworthbythesea.org or  call 912-638-8688

Schedule (Tentative)

Tuesday, January 20
2:00-5:00pm Registration
6:00-7:00pm Dinner
7:30-8:30pm Worship 

Wednesday, January 21
7:00-8:30am Breakfast
8:45-9:15am Morning Worship
10:15-11:30am Worship/Plenary/ Poverty Simulation
11:30-11:45am Break  
11:45-12:30pm Worship/Plenary/ Poverty Simulation
12:30-1:30pm Lunch

Afternoon and Evening Free (Golf Outing, Island Tours, Excursions, Dinner Out)

Thursday, January 22
7:00-8:30am Breakfast
8:45 – 9:15am Morning Worship
9:30-11:00am Worship/Plenary/ Poverty Simulation
11:00-11:15am Break  
11:15-12:30pm Worship/Plenary/ Poverty Simulation
2:00-4:00pm Additional Free Time  
6:30-8:30pm Worship/Plenary/Banquet 

Friday, January 23
8:30-10:00am Breakfast – Closing Worship



George G. Howard is passionate about engaging people in mission and helping them build relationships with groups and cultures different from their own. He leads a staff from around the world as the deputy general secretary for Mission and Evangelism at the General Board of Global Ministries. George previously served as the director of Training and Development at the UM Church for All People, an urban new church start in Columbus, Ohio. He is also the past president of Community He has served in a variety of positions for the West Ohio Conference, including director of Connectional Ministries.

 Bishop L. Jonathan Holston is the resident bishop of the South Carolina Annual Conference. Coming to South Carolina from the North Georgia Conference, Bishop Holston served as senior pastor of St. James United Methodist Church in Atlanta for seven years before his Episcopal election. Prior to that, he served as Superintendent of the Atlanta-Decatur-Oxford District from 1997-2005.

Bishop Bill McAllily is the bishop of the Nashville Episcopal Area of the United Methodist Church. Bill comes to the Nashville Area by way of the Mississippi Conference where he was most recently Superintendent of the Seashore District. Bill has served in a wide variety of ministry settings in Georgia and Mississippi.

The Reverend Marilyn E. Thornton, an Elder in Full Connection in the United Methodist Church, loves to share the story of God’s salvation for all people through story, music, preaching, and education. Originally from Washington, DC, Rev. Thornton serves as the Campus Minister/Director of the Wesley Foundation at Fisk University and as Lead Editor of African American Resources at the United Methodist Publishing House. Her service includes being Pastor of Emery UMC in Murfreesboro, TN, Pastor of Spiritual Formation and Worship Arts at South End UMC, and Minister of Christian Education and Music at Hobson UMC. Additionally, she serves on the Worship Committee of the TNAC.

Anne Travis retired June 30, 2013, after serving Holston Conference for 13 years as a Director of Connectional Ministries. she served in 2004, 2008, and 2012 as a lay delegate to General and Jurisdictional Conferences representing Holston. Currently, she is employed part-time as the Conference Secretary for the Southeastern Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church.