Three members of Candler’s faculty and senior staff have been elected to serve as delegates from the North Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church to the denomination’s General and Jurisdictional Conferences in 2016. Elections took place during the 2015 North Georgia Annual Conference, held June 16-19 in Athens, Georgia.

Assistant Dean of Development and Alumni Relations Mathew A. Pinson was the first layperson elected, and will therefore chair the North Georgia delegation to next year’s General and Jurisdictional Conferences. The role of chairperson rotates every four years between the first elected layperson and the first elected clergyperson. P. Alice Rogers, associate professor in the practice of practical theology, was elected fourth out of 11 North Georgia clergy delegates for both General and Jurisdictional Conferences. Elizabeth Corrie, associate professor in the practice of youth education and peacebuilding, was elected to represent the North Georgia Conference as part of the lay delegation to the 2016 Jurisdictional Conference.

“These elections are a wonderful tribute to the leadership skills of these individuals, as well as a great connection for Candler to The United Methodist Church,” wrote Dean Jan Love in an email to the Candler community. Candler is one of thirteen official seminaries of The United Methodist Church.