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Connectional & Justice Ministries

Connectional and Justice Ministries is an integral part of the Florida Conference.  We are responsible to focus and guide the mission and ministry of The United Methodist Church.  

We coordinate, support and engage ministries that are necessary to live out the mission of the church while ensuring the alignment of resources to our mission. 

 The Director of Connectional and Justice Ministries, Rev. Dr. Sharon G. Austin is responsible to serve as steward of the vision, a leader of the continual process, to ensure alignment of total resources to our vision and ensure connections among the local, district, annual conference and general Church.

2020 marks Dr. Austin's 40th year of ministry since graduating from seminary.  In 1981 she made history as the first woman ordained in the 95-year history of Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA., home church and former pastorate of The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1984 she became the first woman to serve on the staff of that church under the pastorate of the Rev. Dr. Joseph L. Roberts, Jr.

During her professional career, she has had the opportunity to speak, teach and preach throughout the United States and abroad.  She is also very active in the Leadership of the Florida Conference and The Global United Methodist Church.  This includes being a 2020 General Conference Delegate and 2020 Episcopal Candidate. 

Dr. Austin is married to Michael Holliday and are the proud parents of 4 children and one grandson!  She is a teacher, preacher, convicted leader and a woman of God!


 Below is a "Mind Map" which shows you how Connectional and Justice Ministries interfaces with other ministry areas...enjoy!