United Methodist Churches Affinity Group
A group for lead pastors with minimal or no staff who often rely on lay leadership in their church. For more information contact Carolyn Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev. Carolyn Moore, Chair
Rev. Carolyn Moore has been an ordained elder in the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church since 1998. Born and raised in Augusta, Ga., Moore graduated from the University of Georgia in 1985 and Asbury Theological Seminary in 1998.
She served for five years as an Associate Pastor in Athens, Ga. where she helped create a weekly college worship experience in a downtown theatre. In 2003, she was appointed home again to the Augusta area, where she and her family were given the joy of starting a new congregation called Mosaic.
She is married to Steve Moore, a social studies teacher. Together they have one daughter, Claire Marie.
Rev. Dr. Lyndol Loyd
Dr. Lyndol Loyd is the founding and lead pastor of LifeSong United Methodist Church in Orlando, FL, which he has served since 2005. Prior to that he was the founding pastor of Mountainside United Methodist Church in Hot Springs Village, AR, which he started in 1998. He also spent time as the campus minister at the HSU/OBU Wesley Foundation in Arkadelphia, AR. Loyd is a graduate of Texas Tech University with a B.S. in Family Studies (1989) and holds both a M.Div. (1993) and D.Min (2000) from Asbury Theological Seminary where he was honored to be part of the Beeson Pastor Program. Loyd currently serves as the chair of the Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry for the Florida Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.
It was through his experiences at One-Way Church Camps at Ceta Canyon and his involvement with the Texas Tech Wesley Foundation that he discerned his call to ministry. Loyd reflected, “God provided me with a rich experience of his grace during my childhood, youth and college years which culminated in answering a call to ordained ministry. When I was a student at Asbury I never would have dreamed of the places God has taken me or the ministry he has given me as a church planter. For me it has all been part of an incredible faith journey.”
He is married to his wife, Joni, who is also a graduate of ATS with a degree in counseling (1994). The two met while students at Asbury and were married in Estes Chapel. They have two teenage daughters, Abigail and Madeline.
Rev. Allen Newton
Allen Newton earned his M.Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, KY and is a graduate of Huntingdon College in Montgomery, AL . He is married to Stephanie Newton and they have two children. The son of a minister, Douglas C. Newton, Allen grew up in Niceville, Florida.
In the last 31 years he has served on staff at Frazer UMC in Montgomery, AL; First UMC in Houston, Texas; Centenary UMC in Lexington, KY; and First UMC in Montgomery, AL. He has served as pastor of Gulf Breeze UMC Soundside campus, and lead pastor of Woodlawn UMC in Panama City Beach, FL. He is presently Lead Pastor of St. James UMC in Montgomery, AL.
Allen also serves as Chair of Evangelism for the Alabama West Florida Conference and was a delegate to the 2012 General and Jurisdictional Conferences of the United Methodist Church.
Rev. Rick Vinther
A native of Washington State, Rev. Rick Vinther graduated from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA, in 1976, receiving a BA in Business Administration. From 1977-1992, Rick worked in the Nuclear Industry in Richland, WA, in Reactor Operations and Training. During that time, he was being continually drawn to a closer relationship with God.
Rick and his wife, Sandy, professed their faith in Jesus Christ in 1983 and began a new life of Christian commitment. After receiving a call from God into the pastoral ministry, Rick attended Asbury Theological Seminary from 1992-1995, graduating with a Master of Divinity Degree. His wife Sandy also graduated from Asbury in 1995 with an MA in Christian Education.
Rick was ordained in the United Methodist Church in 1994. He served at the First United Methodist Church in Benton City, WA from 1995-1999 and has served at Woodinville Community United Methodist Church in Woodinville, WA since July 1999. Rick and Sandy have previously served on the ATS Alumni Regional Leadership team. Rick is currently serving on the board of the Wesley Covenant Connection, a group of Pacific Northwest United United Methodists praying for revival in the Pacific Northwest.
Rick and Sandy have been married for 37 years. They have two adult sons and six grandchildren. Their seventh grandchild is due to arrive in February 2014.