November 9th Sherman UMC had the honor of hosting Rev. Richard Winn, Sr. District Superintendent of the Griffin District of the North Georgia Conference.
Reverend Richard Don Winn, Sr., who was previously the beloved and always thankful Senior Pastor of Ben Hill United Methodist Church was born and raised in Chicago, IL. He is the fourth of six children and is an identical twin.
Pastor Winn graduated from Chicago's Parker high School. He received a B.A. in Sociology from Southern Illinois University, and in 1976, Rev. Winn received his Masters of Divinity from Gammon Theological Seminary. Rev. Winn's pastoral ministry began at Maple Park UMC in Chicago. In 1979 BishopWilliam Cannon invited Rev. Winn to serve in the North Georgia Conference (NGC)of the UMC. Since that time he has served Bowen UMC, Clifton, UMC, Hoosier Memorial UMC, and Warren Memorial UMC.
Pastor Winn has served on the Committee of Episcopacy in the NGC; as Chairperson of the District Committee on Superintendency, Atlanta-College Park District; spent more than 25 years as Secretary to the NGC; and has served as Secretary of Religion and Race. For 4 consecutive years Rev Winn has presented at Rock Eagle UM Men's Retreat. He has preached in every region in the US and is presently planning an African preaching tour. Rev. Winn is currently District Superintendent of the Griffin District of the NGC: his tenure began July 1, 2013.
His wife Vernita is a retired Social Worker of the Atlanta Public School System. They have a son, Richard Jr. an Atlanta Public School teacher, and are proud grandparents of three granddaughters.
Professional/Civic Affiliations and Expert Panels
Rev. Winn is involved in the community through the participation as a member of the Executive Committee - Atlanta Area Council Boy Scouts of America; Chairperson, C.A.S.C.A.D.E. Community Drug Preventions and Education; a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, the American Cancer Society, the March of Dimes; and has served on a search committee for Chaplain at Clark Atlanta University.
Honors and Awards
G. Ross Freeman Leadership Award (UMC)
Whitney M. Young Award (Boy Scouts of America)
African American Preacher's Award
Southern Illinois Think Tank
Emory University Kellogg Fellow