Senior Staff Changes at GUMF


Bishop R. Lawson Bryan, episcopal leader of the South Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church, and Rev. Keith E. Lawder, president and CEO of the Georgia United Methodist Foundation, announce the following changes to the senior staff at GUMF.

Rev. Stephen A. Waldorf, regional vice president of GUMF, will begin a medical leave on May 1, 2020. Steve is an ordained elder in the South Georgia Conference and has served faithfully in pastoral ministry for 34 years.

Lawder said, “Steve has served admirably as the face and voice of GUMF for the past five years in South Georgia. We have worked closely together, and he has accomplished a great deal. Even more than that, Steve is a good friend. I know he will continue to be a wonderful ambassador for the Foundation.” 

Steve noted, “It has been an honor and a privilege to work with the Foundation while serving United Methodist churches in South Georgia.”

Steve and his wife, Sally, look forward to spending more time with their five adult children and 12 grandchildren. The Board of Trustees of GUMF will celebrate and honor Steve at the May board meeting.

Bishop Bryan and Lawder also announce the election and appointment of Dr. Laudis H. “Rick” Lanford as regional vice president of the Georgia United Methodist Foundation beginning July 1, 2020.

Rick is a graduate of Oxford College and Emory University, the Candler School of Theology, and McCormick Theological Seminary. An ordained elder in the South Georgia Conference, he currently serves as the North Central District Superintendent and Dean of the Cabinet. Before Rick’s appointment as district superintendent, he served several churches in Macon and as vice president of development and then president and CEO of the Foundation of the Methodist Home for Children and Youth.

Lawder said of Dr. Lanford, “GUMF is truly blessed to have someone with Rick’s experience, gifts, and energy to step into this key position. He has long been an enthusiastic supporter of GUMF missions in South Georgia!” 

When he's not working, Rick enjoys spending time with his wife, Kim, their three daughters, sons-in-law, and grandchildren. 

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