Joe and Carole Kilpatrick
Joe and Carole are laypeople in the North Georgia Conference, members at Tucker First. Joe serves as executive director of this ministry. In 2006, Joe was invited to Africa by Bishop Quipungo of East Angola and since that time he has returned many times
teaching General Conference polity in many Episcopal areas of Africa covering the countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Congo, Mozambique, Kenya.
Joe served 10 years as the Conference Scouting Coordinator having been named to that position by Bishop McDavid. He also served 10 years as the Conference President of United Methodist Men. He leads discussion in the Open Door Sunday School class on Sunday mornings. Joe is a Trustee of Asbury Theological Seminary where he is a member of the Finance-Investment team. He has twice been elected by the SEJ to twelve-year terms as a Director of the United Methodist Publishing House, currently serving as a member of UMPHs Finance, Audit and Investment committees. He is semi-retired from his CPA practice
Joe and Carole were married in 1961,are blessed with two sons, eight grandchildren, and one great grandson.
Rev. Rurel Ausley
Rurel is lead pastor of Crosspoint UMC in Niceville, Florida, a member of the Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference. While playing a key role in the dynamic growth of this congregation to mega-church status, Rurel finds time to serve Asbury Theological Seminary on their Alumni Advisory Council. He is married to Lisa, an ordained Deacon, teacher, missionary and writer, who serves on the OMS Board of Directors.
Rurel appreciates the key role Africa’s UM pastors and laity have played in the UMC denomination and so he travels there annually to teach pastors and leaders in the North Katanga Episcopal Area of the Congo the practical ministry concepts developed by International Leadership Institute (ILI).
Crosspoint UMC sponsors a “Congo Christmas” and has raised tens of thousands of dollars over two years to fund the initial distribution of Bikes and Bibles in the Southern Congo Episcopal Area. Rev. Ausley believes that God’s blessings of energy, excitement, and vitality flow when congregation capture the vision of Jesus words, “…just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”
Bishop Palmer of the Ohio West Episcopal Area talking about the North Katanga Annual Conference, the largest UMC Annual Conference in the world.
Bishop John K. Yambasu of Sierra Leone says, “Thanks Joe for including Sierra Leone
in this very critical ministry of the church. The gift of Bicycles and Bibles will go a long way in enhancing the ministry of the church especially in the most remote and rural communities where trained and qualified clergy are less inclined to serve. Here in Sierra Leone, we train local pastors (Evangelists) and send them to these communities as pastors and church planters. These faithful men and women of God take the Gospel of Christ to unimaginable places – down the valleys, up mountains, across rivers. It is in this light that I most warmly welcome this important ministry. Yes, you can go ahead and raise the much needed funds for Bicycles and Bibles for Sierra Leone. Peace and Grace. Bishop John K Yambasu.
North Georgia Conference United Methodist Men bless Bikes and Bibles, Inc
The North Georgia Conference United Methodist Men blessed Bikes and Bibles, Inc at their 2017 Annual Business Meeting by voting to invest $1,400 in eight bikes and bibles for African pastors. Toney Griffin, President of UMMen for the College-Park District is leading the UMMen work with Bikes and Bibles encouraging more men’s ministry groups to adopt it as a project.
This follows the strong support from the UMMen of Tucker First UMC in North Georgia’s Atlanta-Emory district. The men there have sponsored annually a Pancake Breakfast, offering free food in exchange for donations to Bikes and Bibles. They typically raise $500 to $1,000 every year for this ministry.
Thank you UMMen of North Georgia!