The Columbia District was well-represented at 2018 Annual Conference with the following mile-stones and awards. Please share and celebrate in your local church.
Retired: David Anderson (Conf. Benefits Director); Alice Deal (Fairfield Circuit); Mary Johnson (College Place)
Commissioned as Provisional Elders: Hillary Taylor (Shandon UMC); Tammy Grey (Virginia Wingard UMC)
Licensed as Local Pastors: Jim Rogers (Trinity UMC, Blythewood, to serve Fairfield Circuit); Daniel Ra (transfer from N. Illinois, to serve Columbia Korean UMC); Scott Matthews (Trenholm Road UMC, to serve Zion, Blythewood); Will Altman (transfer from Anderson District, to serve Beulah-Oak Grove)
Ordained Full Elder: Jon Hoin (Jon serves in Orangeburg, but grew up at Trinity UMC, Blythewood)
Joseph Benjamin Bethea Distinguished Service Award: Clergy: The Rev. Dr. Mike Smith | Trenholm Road UMC-Columbia
Harry Denman Evangelism Award: Lay: L.W. Smith III | Rehoboth UMC-Columbia.
Students in Mission
Sonna Boothroyd, a student at the University of South Carolina who will serve at Rural Mission Inc. on Johns Island.
Natalie Hungate, a student at the University of South Carolina who will serve at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in North Charleston.
Abigail Smith, a student at the University of South Carolina who will serve at Rural Mission Inc. on Johns Island.
Annual Conference Seminary Student Scholarships
Carsten Aubrey Bryant, a seminary student at Duke Divinity School. (home church – Mt. Horeb)
Zachary Dollard deMoya, a seminary student at Duke Divinity School (home church – Mt. Horeb)
Dennie Smith Scholarship: Alston Flynn Lippert, a student at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. (home church – NEUMC; Assoc. Pastor – Washington St.)
Bishop’s Five Star Award
Chapin UMC, where the Rev. Jody Flowers is pastor.
Fair Lawn UMC in Columbia, where the Rev. Scott Bratton is pastor.
Bishop’s Award of Excellence: Red Bank UMC in Lexington, where the Rev. Dr. Robert Dunn is pastor and Robin Smith is scouting ministry coordinator.