Two new superintendents will lead districts in the S.C Conference of The United Methodist Church this year.
Bishop Jonathan Holston has appointed Dr. George K. Howle as the new Greenville District superintendent and Dr. Cathy Jamieson-Ogg as the new Columbia District superintendent.
Howle replaces the Rev. Mary Teasley and Jamieson-Ogg replaces Dr. Tim McClendon, both of whom are completing their eight-year terms as district superintendents. They will step into their new roles for the conference July 1.
Rev. Dr. Cathy Jamieson-Ogg to be appointed as Columbia District Superintendent
Cathy Jamieson-Ogg is senior pastor of Trinity UMC, Blythewood, where she has served since 2001. She is a graduate of Furman University (B.A.), Candler School of Theology (M.Div.), and Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (D.Min.).
Jamieson-Ogg was ordained deacon in 1988 and elder in 1994. She completed the Royce and Jane Reynolds Program in Church Leadership in 2007. She has served various appointments: associate pastor, First UMC, Galax, Va. (1989-1993); pastor, Shiloh UMC, Marion (1993-1996); chaplain, Columbia College (1996-2000); and associate pastor, Trenholm Road (2000-2001).
She previously served on the Conference Board of Trustees and was chair of the Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry. She was a founding board member of Marion County Habitat for Humanity and currently serves on the Central S.C. Habitat for Humanity Board. She is a member of the Candler Alumni Board and the Christian Assistance Bridge Board, a non-profit helping agency founded at Trinity.
Jamieson-Ogg and her husband, Charlie, have a daughter, Hannah, a senior at Clemson University. Jamieson-Ogg enjoys reading and riding. When not in the pulpit, she is in the saddle.
Rev. Dr. George Howle appointed as Greenville District Superintendent
Howle currently serves as senior pastor at St. John’s United Methodist Church, Aiken. He also served there as the associate minister from 1991 to 1994. Since being appointed as senior pastor in 2005, Howle has helped unite the congregation, start an emerging worship service and raise awareness of the needs of their community and world. St. John’s just recently held their fourth annual Global Impact Celebration.
In 2007, Howle went on his first international mission trip to Kenya. He returned a changed man dedicated to transforming St. John’s into a mission-based church. His eyes were opened to the many opportunities to serve Christ through missions, both locally and to the ends of the earth.
Before being appointed to St. John’s in 2005, Howle served as the senior minister at Clemson UMC. During his time there, he helped to relocate the church by moving their campus.
Howle has been an ordained elder in the UMC since 1982. He is joined in his ministry by his wife, Pam, and their son RJ, who was received as a confirmed member of St. John’s, Aiken, May 15, 2011.