Monday, February 13, 2006

Dr. Warren Lathem

UPDATE: Dr. Warren Lathem is the President of the Seminario Wesleyano de Venezuela.  He is disabled, but continues to serve as the US president of the Seminary and teach regularly in the Seminary. He also preaches regularly in the US and teaches some course here as well.

He is the former District Superintendent of the Atlanta/Marietta District of the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. The district consists of almost 42,000 members, over 700,000 residents and 47 churches and 6 missions to recent immigrant populations. Warren began this assignment in June, 2003.
Warren Lathem was called to preach at Holbrook Campmeeting in Cherokee County, Georgia, in 1962 when he was 10 years old. He has pastored churches since 1972; West Bend, KY, Trinity, Covington, GA, St. James/Prospect, Toccoa, Georgia, Greenville, Greenville, GA and Mount Pisgah, Alpharetta, GA. He began The Springs, a United Methodist mission in Forsyth County as well as two Hispanic congregations in North Georgia. He was ordained an Elder in the United Methodist Church, North, GA Conference in 1977. He has served as a delegate to both Jurisdictional and General Conferences.
Some of the United Methodist churches with whom he has consulted include St. James, Alpharetta, GA, Snellville First, Snellville, GA, Wesley, Augusta, GA, Wesley Chapel, Decatur, GA, Ben Hill, Atlanta, GA, Duluth First, W.R. Cannon, Snellville, GA, ClearBranch, Trussville, AL, County Line, Marietta, GA, Gainesville First, Gainesville, GA, Christ, Lexington, KY, Reynoldsburg First, Reynoldsburg, Ohio, Albany First, Albany, GA, Villa Rica First, Villa Rica, GA, Dacula, Dacula, GA, New Beginnings, Marietta, GA, . He has also worked with a number of Lutheran, Baptist, Anglican, Caribbean Methodist, Unifam Churches, Mexico, The Evangelical Churches of Latvia, The Independent Methodist Churches of Hungary, an Independent Church in Amsterdam, The Evangelical Methodist Church of Venezuela, and The Evangelical Methodist Church of Costa Rica and the United Methodist Church of Venezuela.
He has served as adjunct faculty of Candler School of Theology, Emory University, and SemBiMex Theological Seminary in Mexico City. He taught for several years in the National Institute of Church Finance and Administration, and The North Georgia Conference School of Pastoral Ministry (formerly License to Preach). He has spoken at and conducted workshops at a variety of national and international seminars.  He also founded Lay Missionary Training, a 72 hour training program of the North Georgia Conference Board of Laity.

Dr. Lathem is serving or has served on several non-profit Boards, including: Reinhardt Unversity, Venezuela Now, Inc. M.U.S.T. Ministries, Proactive Evengelism, Covecrest Retreat Center, Beacon of Hope Women's Center, Mount Pisgah Christian School, Wesley Foundation, Kennesaw State University, Holbrook Campmeeting.

He has preached revivals and campmeetings in every area of Georgia, as well as dozens of states and foreign countries. He has preached outdoor evangelistic crusades, served as song leader and soloist, sung in several college and church choirs and led many seminars on evangelism, worship, church administration, leadership, stewardship, mission and church renewal.

Warren served as senior minister of the Mount Pisgah church for 17 1/2 years. During his tenure it grew to be the 4th largest UMC in average attendance (3200 in 1999) in the U.S. More importantly, for all those years over 60% of the 5000 members (net) who joined the church joined by profession of faith. He has always been committed to reaching the unchurched with the Good News of Jesus Christ. This led him to start many innovative ministries, e.g. The Journey, Recreation Ministry, Crisis Pregnancy Center, and the first Aids ministry outside the perimeter of Atlanta. He began an After School Program, a Pre-school, an Elementary School, a Middle School and a High School, all enrolling over 900 children. He also started what has become the largest Hispanic ministry in the North Georgia Conference. And in his last year as Senior Minister led the Conference in net new members. His ministry has been marked by transformed lives.

Before being appointed to the Atlanta Marietta District, Dr. Lathem was the founding president of the Aslan Group, a church and non-profit consulting firm in Atlanta, Georgia. Upon appointment as a District Superintendent, he gave up any ownership or financial interest in the Aslan Group, but still occasionally serves as one of their consultants. 

Dr. Lathem received an Associate in Arts Degree at Reinhardt University, a Bachelor in Arts degree from Asbury University, attended Asbury Theological Seminary, received his Masters of Divinity from Candler School of Theology, Emory University, and this Doctor of Ministry Degree from McCormick Theological Seminary.

Dr. Lathem has been married to Jane since August, 1973 and they have one surviving son, Jared. They live on Arepa Farms, a small family farm in Cherokee County, GA. Their son Jared and his lovely Venezuelan bride, Lim, built a home on the farm. Jared and Lim have two wonderful children, Zoe and Elijah.  Jared is the pastor of the Ball Ground UMC. Warren and Jane also have four "adopted grandchildren: Carlos, Danny, Warren and Elizabeth Santiago, children of pastors Tito and Yami Santiago.  Tito is a well known Latino singer/songwriter.

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