Denominational Discernment

The UMC is splitting?

Yes. There have been calls for separation for years, particularly regarding issues relating to LGBTQ marriage and ordination rites. There was hope in early 2020 of a separation that could be amicable. I believe it was the Holy Spirit who prompted Bishop John Yambasu of the Sierra Leone Annual Conference to call together leaders at different ends of the theological spectrum for the purpose of reaching a healthy separation. The Protocol for Grace and Reconciliation through Separation, known simply as The Protocol, was the result of this call and much expert mediation. Traditionalist leaders sought to continue the church’s prohibition on LGBTQ marriages and ordinations in the UMC. Progressive leaders sought to remove such prohibitions… 

This was a snippet from our booklet that was sent out. If you did not receive that booklet or would like an online copy…

Discernment Team

Billy
Bell

Sherry
Polk

Bo
Harrison

Sarah Lauren
Kattos

Carolyn
Puryear

Robert
La Branche

Lora
Walker

Janice
Johnson

Elizabeth
Bowman

Allison Bragg
Summerford

James
Sweeney

These are the members of our Discernment Team. They are seeking to understand God’s will for Huntsville First UMC in this Discernment Process; nothing more, nothing less, nothing else.

You can help in this process with your prayers and by sending your thoughts and reflections by emailing:

discernment@huntsvillefirst.org

Documents

Paragraph 2553
Disaffiliation
Call to Prayer
A letter from our Bishop

New Documents

November 6
Letter from the Team
Come | Join | Pray
Pray Together

Videos

Video 1
Progressive vs Traditional
Video 2
General Conference
Video 3
Paragraphs
Video 4
A Man, a Plan, and a Vote
Video 5
Reviewing Options
Video 6
What's Next?

CLT Members

Church Leadership Team Officers

Johnnie Hargrove

Chairperson

Steve Smith

Vice-Chairperson

Linda Akenhead

Recording Secretary

JoAnn Gardner

Asst. Recording Secretary

Church Staff Members of the CLT

Dr. Rev. Byron Vance

Senior Pastor

Bill Crosby

Associate Pastor

Brittany Camp

Associate Pastor

Joe Vonderheide

Assoc. Pastor & Dir. of Student Min

Coy Hallmark

Associate Pastor

June Wilson

Associate Pastor

Sallie Colwick

Associate Pastor

Jillian Gardner

Director of Music

Eliza Spearman

Director of Family Ministry

Jamie Chance

Director of Children Ministry

Jill Gardner

Church Administrator

Ex – Officio Members

Richard Webb

Church Lay Leader

Amy Epps

Lay Members to Annual Con.

Art Hargrove

Lay Members to Annual Con.

Mary Ena Heath

Lay Members to Annual Con.

Kathy Rains

Lay Members to Annual Con.

Kay Jacobson

Reserve

Bo Harrison

Rep, Committee of Finance

Loren Gross

Church Treasurer

Quimby Rains

Rep, Board of Trustees

Warne Heath

Rep, Staff-Parish Relation

Nancy Van Valkenburgh

Rep, Nominations Committee

Sheila Irby

Rep, United Methodist Women

TBD

Rep, United Methodist Men

Andrew Dillard

Rep, United Methodist Youth

Pat Moore

Rep, Older Adult

Doni Harrison

Stewardship Chair

Mary Ena Heath

Go Committee Chair

At – Large Members

Derrick Simpson, Howard Fry, Trina Waites

2019-2022

Robert La Branche, Vann Bragg, James Sweeney

2020-2023

Don Colbath, Sarah Lauren Kattos, Steve Cragon

2021-2024

120 Greene Street  |  Huntsville, AL 35801  |  256-539-5738

120 Greene Street
Huntsville, AL 35801
256-539-5738