About Us

The North Georgia Housing and Homeless Council is an administrative agency of the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church and was created to partner with and support churches and other organizations who are ministering to those experiencing poverty and homelessness.


The Council awards grants to churches and non-profits that provide housing, food pantries, rental and utility assistance, clothing closets, and other services to our neighbors in need. 

Our Director

Rev. Laura Rappold is a Deacon in Full Connection the North Georgia Conference. She has served as the Director of the Housing and Homeless Council since July of 2015. Laura is passionate about addressing the issues surrounding homelessness and poverty, and loves partnering with congregations and other ministries to work towards solutions for ending homelessness. 

Rev. Laua Rappold

The Homeless Offering

Funding for the grants comes from the Homeless Offering, usually received in United Methodist Churches the fourth Sunday in February as designated by the North Georgia Conference. Congregations are welcome to receive the offering on any Sunday that works for their particular calendar. Any other donations given to the Housing and Homeless Council, including proceeds from the pin sales, also go to support the grant funding.  

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Our Council

The Council is made up of clergy and lay representatives from each of the 12 districts of the North Georgia Conference, plus up to 12 at-large members. These members are volunteers, approved by the Annual Conference. They give generously of their time, energy, skills, knowledge, and resources. 


Council Members 2019-2020

ACPK Clergy :     Alfred Hoard

ACPK Lay:           Cindy Corona

ADOX Clergy:     Travia Speer

ADOX Lay:          Charles Barber

AGST Clergy:      Wesley Privett

AGST Lay:           Judy Teasley

AMAR Clergy:    Roger Vest

AMAR Lay:          Louise Young

AMRY Clergy:     Joseph Crawford

AMRY Lay:           Woody Driskill

AROS Clergy:     Jenna Kennedy

AROS Lay:           Stephanie Dressler

ATHN Clergy:     Matt Parker

ATHN Lay:           Juliana Cash

GNSV Clergy:     Sandy Skinner (chair)

GNSV Lay:           Jennifer Boydstun

GRFN Clergy:      Candy Thacker

GRFN Lay:           Barbara Rankin

LAGR Clergy:      Deborah Holloway

LAGR Lay:            Carol Cain

NWST Clergy:     Thom Shores

NWST Lay:           Donna Greeson

ROCA Clergy:     Ed Dickens

ROCA Lay:           Paul Henry


At-Large Clergy: 

Zach Fitzpatrick

Jennifer Hansen (financial)

Sally Oakes

Elaine Wilder


At-Large Laity:

Cece Dixon

Pam Buzbee

Jo Sheetz

Phylississ Ransom

Karen Forehand  (secretary)

Howard Cox (vice-chair)

Darlene Duke

Emeritus Members:

Lige Moore

Verdery Cunningham

Sara Worden


Director: Laura Rappold

Conference Staff Rep: Scott Parrish

Persons in Poverty Rep: Roger Vest

Resettlement Rep: Andy Peabody

Cabinet Rep: Alice Rogers

Council Information:


Policies and Procedures

Site Visitor's Council Report

Next meeting:

March 26, 10 am

The Nett Church

Learn more about our recent grantees:

2019 recipients

2018 recipients