Dublin First United Methodist Church
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
To reach, teach and serve others in the name and love of Jesus Christ


Tyler's Take

Please help me to welcome our guest minister for today, Rev. Dr. Jonathan Smith.  Jonathan and I are good friends and we go all the way back to our Seminary days at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology.  He was admittedly a better student than me and has grown to become a wonderful minister and a committed follower of Jesus, our Lord.  I am so pleased that he could be in our church today while I am away. 

Here is a little background information on Jonathan: Jonathan Smith is currently the Director of the Wesley Foundation at Georgia Southern       University.  Jonathan is married to Rev. Stephanie Smith and has two daughters Addison (8) and Lily Grace (4). Over the past 11 years Jonathan has also served at Pittman Park UMC in Statesboro, St. Paul UMC in Columbus, and Claxton First UMC.

Jonathan serves beyond the local church at the Annual Conference level as the Chair of the Order of Elders, Chair of the Young Clergy Academy as well as serving on the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry, Congregational Development Team, and is the co-Chair of the Worship Committee for the South Georgia Annual Conference. 

Jonathan is passionate about the future of the church and young people in ministry, and worship.  He believes that the future of the United Methodist Church and of the South Georgia Annual Conference lies in healthy congregations that are guided by Godly men and women who have been called and trained to do God’s work in our communities.  He is therefore a huge advocate for Christian Leadership Development and believes that encouraging and training the called for service to God is a profound privilege and a sacred duty for all ministers and laity.  Thank you for making Jonathan feel welcome in our church home and I look forward to being back with you next week.  God bless!