Currently Rev. John Wolfe is
president of Methodist Hour International. He has served in this
role for the past 20 years. In addition to this ministry he has
also served as a pastor in the local church for 40 years. John
officially retired in July 2008 after serving the Birmingham
United Methodist Church for 15 years.
MHI is a weekly radio broadcast that reaches some two million
people in the US. MHI is an affiliate member of the General
Board of Discipleship of the United Methodist Church. In July
2009 MHI was confirmed again as an affiliate member for the next
quadrenium. Each 30 minute program includes a personal witness
of faith, an Upper Room Devotion, two selections of music and a
message of hope and encouragement from the Scriptures. Methodist
Hour is both international and interdenominational.
In 1996 Methodist Hour International became part of a project
called Reconciliation 97. In 1999 John was asked to be
co-director of RNOW (Reconciliation Networks of Our World).
Since its first international reconciliation event in Coventry
England, RNOW has held events in Louisville, Kentucky and in
Boston Massachusetts, and in Atlanta GA. In 2003 RNOW was
presented with official membership in the international ministry
of “The Cross of Nails” based in Coventry, England. The fifth
international event was held in Louisville KY, October, 2005.
RNOW is a faith based, story-driven ministry that seeks to bring
together people from every continent and background to share
their stories of reconciliation. The power of these personal
stories breaks down the walls of race, denomination, culture,
gender, and other issues that separate us not only as
individuals, and in families, but in the very body of Christ.
Today RNOW is restructuring and developing new models for
conferences; the current focus in on local churches. Some very
exciting things are in process. At the present time John Wolfe
is working with Dr. Ben Johnson and a number of community
leaders in the Atlanta area creating effective interfaith
dialogue and understanding. Dr. Johnson is the heartbeat of this
In June of 1993 the Rev. John L. Wolfe was appointed as pastor
of the Birmingham United Methodist Church, Alpharetta, Georgia.
At that time the Birmingham United Methodist Church was
celebrating its 163rd year as a church. Birmingham’s average
Sunday attendance was fourteen and had a membership of 22. Today
the average attendance is nearly 800 and membership has grown to
1300. Easter 2008 attendance reached 2500 persons. In October
2001 BUMC purchased 5 additional tracts of land totaling 61
additional acres contiguous to its present campus. This is a
miracle story that captured the imagination and hearts of a
handful of faithful members and became a reality when very few
thought it could happen.
Birmingham’s new worship center and educational buildings were
completed in September 2005. Now called The Sanctuary at
Birmingham UMC, this 63 acre track is dedicated to provide a
safe place for all who would seek sanctuary from the stress and
chaos of life. It is a place to walk in the woods and listen to
birds and flowing streams. It is a place of quiet and solace. It
is a place to draw closer to God.
BUMC has a strong mission focus. Its members participate in
numerous mission projects (local, national, and international)
and have assisted in completing several Habitat for Humanity
homes in Roswell. On Sunday mornings worshippers gather to
experience a blend of traditional and contemporary worship.
Powerful educational and mission ministries are woven into this
place of excitement and peace. In 1995 John received the coveted
Foundation for Evangelism Denman Award for Evangelism at the
North Georgia Annual Conference.
After high school John played football for one year in college
and 3 years in semi-pro football. With little college and a new
wife he began a career as a builder. This plan was interrupted.
He was drafted in the US Army. When his duty was complete he
returned to Fort Lauderdale and began a career as a real estate
and insurance broker. When it began to look like success was
realized, he responded to his call to ministry, which he
occurred at age 16 and resurfaced while a member of the Pompano
Beach First United Methodist Church. With his wife Judy and
their 3 children he returned to college and spent the next 8
years in school and serving student appointments. Wolfe says
that the first Sunday he was to preach at his student
appointment (Bethel UMC in Tallahassee Florida) he had the deep
assurance that he was on the very place on the planet where God
wanted him to be and it has never changed…even a little!
John’s wife, The Reverend Judy C. Wolfe, M Div., BCC, served for
10 years as Oncology Chaplain, at Scottish Rite Children’s
Medical Center, Atlanta, Georgia. In 1998 Judy established a
program of grief counseling and wrote and taught two courses on
grief, which are approved by Georgia State University for
professionals in their continuing education credit needs. These
courses called “Helping Yourself and Others Who Grieve” and
“Children, the Forgotten Griever” have been taught in numerous
places including local churches and at the conference level to
pastors. In addition to speaking, counseling, and leading
workshops all across the Southeast, Judy played a key role in
the remarkable growth of BUMC. She served as the Associate
Minister for 10 years. The Wolfe’s have three married children
and eight world-class grandchildren. 2009 they celebrated their
52nd wedding anniversary. They live in Canton, GA.
Candler School of Theology, Emory
D.Min Studies ’74-77
Served in N Georgia Conference
since 1971(Full Connection 1980)
Florida State University 1971
Senior Pastor, Birmingham United
President of Methodist Hour
Senior associate pastor, Roswell
United Methodist Church, Roswell, Georgia. While serving
at Roswell, staff grew from three to 50 and membership
grew from 1,776 to 5,000.
Missions Director, Institute of
Church Renewal, Atlanta, Georgia and D-Min. Emory
New Hope UMC, Palmetto, Georgia
Bethel UMC, Tallahassee, Florida
Real Estate and Insurance Broker,
Pompano Beach, Florida
U. S. Army
Home Address: 2555 Arbor Hill
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