Rev. Randy Walworth was appointed to Boynton UMC in June 2015. Randy and his wife, Jennifer, have an eighteen year old daughter, Mary Beth, a student at Reinhardt University.
Randy grew up in Augusta, Georgia, in a Baptist church where he accepted Christ at a Vacation Bible School. As a teenager he began attending the Methodist Youth Fellowship at a United Methodist Church with his best friend. Eventually he joined Saint Luke United Methodist Church in downtown Augusta. Several years later and after his first year in college, he received his call to preach.
Earlier as a teenager in the Baptist church, he had wondered if God wanted him to be a missionary. When he found it difficult to learn a foreign language in junior high school, Randy worried that might be a barrier to missionary work. So that was put on the back burner. Years later, after joining St. Luke UMC and after that first year in college, he had a holy encounter with the LORD. Randy had joined a college Bible study during that first year and during the summer he was doing a personal Bible study in preparation for the next meeting of his study group. The readings in the study manual led him to the second and third chapters of Ezekiel which was Ezekiel’s call to preach. Suddenly, Ezekiel’s call to be a prophet became Randy’s call to preach. Also there is another verse that said, “I have not called you to a foreign people whose speech you cannot understand, but I have called you to the house of Israel.” Randy understood the phrase in Ezekiel, “house of Israel,” to mean the church here in the United States. Thereafter, those two chapters in Ezekiel have been holy ground for Randy.
Randy majored in history in college. Afterwards, he attended Candler School of Theology at Emory University. His first pastoral appointment after seminary was the Nacoochee Valley Circuit in White County in the North Georgia mountains which was composed of four churches and a seasonal worship service at a campground. It was there that he met his wife, Jennifer, who grew up near Helen, Georgia.
The Walworth’s spent many years serving churches in the Gainesville District before going to Tallapoosa First UMC. Most recently, they served at Collins Memorial UMC for twelve years (2003-2015). Collins is located in northwest Atlanta inside I-285 in a neighborhood that has some new housing developments, many older homes of which a few are in bad shape, people in economic need as well as people with good jobs. A need in that neighborhood came to light for a food pantry. The church backed the food pantry which has grown into a large area ministry. The congregation feels as though God has given them a mission and a purpose, and they are proud of being involved in a service that is making a difference.
Rev. Bob Gilbert joined the Boynton UMC staff in April 2014 as Pastor Emeritus. He assists with pastoral care and traditional worsip. Rev. Gilbert is a retired Pastor in the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church and has over 30 years of pastoral experience.
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