Mountain Lakes District
Friday, October 09, 2015
of the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church

District Bulletin Board

Welcome to the new ML District disABILITIES Director!

Rev. James “Woody” Woodin called to serve as the new Director of the Upper Sand Mountain Parish.

Pastor Woody, as most people know him, has been serving as a Local Pastor in the North Alabama Conference for the past seventeen years and is currently serving as Pastor of First UMC, Reform. As a team, Woody and his wife Kim, bring tremendous gifts and graces for ministry. Their passion for the mission fields in their own back yard is contagious. Woody’s first career was in service to our country until he retired from the Navy in 1995. Woody’s military bearing, tempered by his eternal youthful exuberance, and empowerment by the Holy Spirit, makes him an effective leader, and tireless advocate of the Gospel. We are excited to welcome Woody and Kim to the Mountain Lakes District and we look forward to many years of fruitful ministry with Woody as our Upper Sand Mountain Parish Director.

     The Upper Sand Mountain Parish is a Cooperative Parish of 8 United Methodist Churches serving a 1,000 square mile area on Sand Mountain, in Jackson and Dekalb Counties of Alabama. Founded in 1969, the Upper Sand Mountain Parish has Emergency Services and Family Care Programs that serve approximately 5,000 families each year. The USMP accepts Mission Service Teams year round to help in providing minor home repair and weatherization, building of ramps for accessibility, operation of an industrial cannery, gardening and gleaning, and summer day camp programs for area communities, as well as other mission opportunities. The USMP also operates other ministries including the Heart and Hand Housing Program which has built 47 houses to date, 4 Thrift Stores, a USDA approved Food Bank, Gardens of Plenty, Christmas Toy Stores, Back to School supplies, Back to School workbook expenses, Manna on the Mountain Backpack Program, and H.O.P.E. Center Temporary Housing Shelter Program.

     Having experienced tornadoes in the parish during each of the last six years, including significant damage in the April 27, 2011, tornadoes, long term disaster recovery services are ongoing through USMP. Whether you are 3 or 93 there is an opportunity for you to be involved with us in mission on Sand Mountain.  

     If you would be interested in being involved in our work on Sand Mountain or having someone come speak to your church, organization, or group about the USMP’s vision and mission, please contact Pastor Woody at (256) 638-2126!