Bill Britt preaching smiling green stole Easter

Bill Britt, Senior Minister

Weekly messages to the congregation

Inspired by the Spirit
I really am looking forward to Sunday as we celebrate 50 years of the Pastoral Counseling Service at Peachtree Road UMC. In 1974, Rev. Larry Adams came to our church as the first director of the Pastoral Counseling Service, and this ministry has been a vital part of the community ever since. In fact, when I was serving churches in Cartersville and Athens, I often referred folks to the Pastoral Counseling Service here at Peachtree Road UMC. The impact of this ministry on the lives of others cannot be calculated!
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Methodist Roots
This Sunday is Mother’s Day, the most “Methodist” of all American holidays. Quick history lesson. Ann Reeves Jarvis, a member of Andrews Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia, taught Sunday School, organized other women in her church to work for better sanitation in her community, volunteered at the local hospital, and worked to support young mothers. After the Civil War, she helped organize something she called “Mothers Friendship Day” picnics. These were designed to bring people together from both the Union and the Confederacy for a meal. Ann Jarvis died in 1905. Three years later, her daughter Anna Jarvis organized a day at the church to honor her mother and other women who had done so much for the community.
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The Vital Church
As I write these words, the General Conference of the United Methodist Church is in its final hours. Delegates representing Annual Conferences from around the world have been meeting in Charlotte for the last 10 days to consider proposed legislation and revisions to the United Methodist Book of Discipline. As a part of their work, earlier this week, they deleted language about human sexuality that has been a part of the Book of Discipline since 1972. One way I think of this change is that it represents a return to the Methodist Church’s historic position going back to 1784.
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Let Your Light Shine!
Last week was a great day in the life of Peachtree Road UMC as we welcomed the 55 members of the 2024 Confirmation Class into the full membership of the church. These youth have spent the last nine months in study and spiritual formation as a foundation of faith has been laid in their lives. I am grateful to Rachel Hockman and the youth team for the wonderful job they did in welcoming, nurturing, and mentoring these 6th-graders in their faith journey. One parent sent me an email earlier this week which included these words:
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About Bill

Bill Britt has served as the senior pastor of Peachtree Road since June, 2008.  He is a native of Thomaston, Georgia, and a graduate of Stetson University in DeLand, Florida (Bachelor in Arts), Candler School of Theology of Emory University (Master of Divinity), and United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio (Doctor of Ministry).

His previous appointments include Ebenezer UMC in Forsyth (1981-1984), associate minister at Trinity-on-the-Hill UMC in Augusta (1984-1988), Trinity UMC in Cartersville (1988-1997), and the First UMC in Athens (1997-2008).

Bill and his wife Wendie have two children, Sara and Will.  Sara is married to Diogo Pereira and they have two children, Lidia and Lucas.  Will is married to Gina Kim.  Bill enjoys playing golf, reading, and annual family vacations at the beach.