A Word from the District Superintendent
Meet our New Bishop
I am very excited to introduce you to our new episcopal leader, Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson. Bishop Sue who was elected to the episcopacy on July 13, was nominated by the Florida Conference where she served as the district superintendent of Florida’s Gulf Central District. She also served as North Central District superintendent since July 2013, overseeing a church landscape of large and small congregations in a mix of urban, suburban and rural communities. The district’s demographics are diverse as well, including African-American, Haitian, Hispanic and Native American worshippers.
Before that, she served as pastor of churches in Tampa, Cape Coral and Ocala, and was an associate pastor at First United Methodist, Lakeland. She holds a law degree from the University of Florida and was a litigator with a Tampa law firm before answering the call to ministry and graduating summa cum laude from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. She was ordained a deacon in 1996 and an elder in 1998.
She has had numerous leadership roles in the Florida Conference and has represented the Florida UMC twice at General Conference – serving as Judicial Administration Legislative Committee chairperson in 2012 – and three times at jurisdictional conference.
Bishop Sue, her husband, Rev. Allen Johnson, and daughter, Samantha will be moving to Atlanta over the next several weeks.
I have had the opportunity to meet Bishop Sue. She is warm and personable and has many gifts to share with our Conference. I look forward to working with her as we continue to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Plans are underway for a time for her to come to the LaGrange District and meet us. I hope you will take the opportunity to get to know her and her family.