The Council of the Wesleyan Covenant Association (the “WCA”) has elected six outstanding United Methodist leaders to the Council, the primary governing body of the WCA. The Rev. Dr. Jeff Greenway, the chair of the Council, commented, “The addition of six new persons to our Council reflects our movement’s desire to be broadly representative of the people called Methodists. Each of these leaders has already distinguished themselves in ministry. They bring a wealth of experience and insight to our work together. We are excited for their willingness to join us in seeking God’s best for the Methodist movement.”
The Rev. Charles Savage II is an elder in the North Georgia Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. He has served as pastor of several different churches, including cross-racial appointments. In addition, Savage served as the Executive Director of the North Georgia Annual Conference Foundation. He currently serves as pastor of Sardis United Methodist Church in Atlanta. A delegate to the 2019 special General Conference, Savage also chairs the Committee on Reference of the Commission on General Conference.
Ms. Elizabeth Santos Fisher is a layperson from the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference where she previously served as conference secretary. Fisher is a licensed marriage and family therapist and has provided leadership for the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Latino Theological Training Initiative. She has been a delegate to the Northeast Jurisdictional Conference.
The Rev. Montreuil Milord is an elder in the Florida Annual Conference where he serves as pastor of South Dade Haitian United Methodist Church. Milord currently serves on the Florida Conference Board of Ordained Ministry and as president of an association of Haitian pastors in his region.
The Rev. Dr. Joy Moore is an elder in the Michigan Annual Conference where she serves as pastor of Bethel United Methodist Church in Flint, Michigan. Moore has served on the faculties of Asbury Theological Seminary, Duke Divinity School, Fuller Theological Seminary, and Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University. She has been a delegate to the North Central Jurisdictional Conference and to General Conference. She is also a member of Black Methodists for Church Renewal and United Methodist Black Clergy Women.
The Rev. Nako Kellum is an elder in the Florida Annual Conference where she is co-pastor of Tarpon Springs United Methodist Church. Kellum serves on the Florida Annual Conference Board of Ordained Ministry. She has chaired New Church Development on the district council of ministries. Raised as a Buddhist, Kellum came to faith in Jesus while a senior at a Japanese university founded by Methodist missionaries.
The Rev. L. Fitzgerald Lovett is an elder in the Mississippi Annual Conference and pastor of New Zion United Methodist Church. He has served on the Mississippi Conference Connectional Ministry Team and currently serves as chairperson of the Mississippi Caucus of Black Methodists for Church Renewal.
“I am grateful for these individuals and their willingness to stand for the historic Christian faith in the Wesleyan tradition,” said the Rev. Keith Boyette, president of the Wesleyan Covenant Association. “They are distinguished leaders who have demonstrated the ability to make a difference in advancing the Christian faith. We are grateful to have them join other proven leaders who already serve on the WCA Council and desire to be part of a vibrant, faithful, and growing church.”
The Wesleyan Covenant Association connects Spirit-filled, orthodox churches, clergy, and laity who hold to Wesleyan theology and are committed to a revitalized Methodist movement focused on making disciples of Jesus Christ.