Presbytery Meetings

Fall Stated Meeting Information
October 17, 2023 at First Presbyterian Church, Statesboro


The Fall Stated Meeting of the Savannah Presbytery will be held at First Presbyterian Church, Statesboro on Tuesday, October 17 at 10 am.

Building Congregational Vitality
Guest Preacher: Rev. Dr. Carlton Johnson, Coordinator of Vital Congregations, PC (U.S.A.)

A workshop on
Learning More About the Vital Congregations Initiative will be offered following lunch. Please encourage congregational leaders to join your church’s delegation for this informative meeting!
Lunch will be $15 with vegetarian options. When registering please let us know if you are gluten or diary
9:15 AM     On Site Registration
9:50 AM    Zoom Room Opens for Hybrid Participants
10 AM        Worship – Rev. Carlton Johnson, Vital Congregations, Preaching 
Noon          Lunch
12:30 PM   Lunch Workshop: How to Build Community to be Vital (Rev. Johnson)

1:30 PM     Meeting Concludes


Our Guest Preacher for the day is Rev. Carlton Johnson.

Carlton David Johnson is a native of Atlanta GA.

He received his undergraduate degree from Emory University in English with a concentration in literature from the African diaspora. Following a 25-year career in Project, Operation and Client Services Management, Carlton returned to the academy to receive the Master of Divinity at Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary and, more recently, the Master of Theology (Homiletics) from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. His area of research is the impact of African American preaching on grief and mourning.

Throughout his life, he has maintained an intimate concern for the disenfranchised, especially young African-American males. He has worked in the outreach ministries of the church and given himself to mentorship with such organizations as the United States National Guard Youth Challenge Academy and his beloved Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Carlton serves as the Associate Director of Theology, Formation and Evangelism for the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA). Carlton also serves as a Chaplain for both Children’s Hospital of Atlanta and Grady Health Systems. At Grady, he developed a specialty in Emergency and Trauma Initiated Palliative Pastoral Care. He previously served as Chief Operations Officer for Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary.

Carlton is an associate minister at the First Afrikan Presbyterian Church in Lithonia, GA. There he works with the Ujima Men’s Fellowship, Kijana Boys Rites of Passage, Fawohodie Ministry to the Incarcerated and their families and serves in Music Ministry. He is a board member of the First Afrikan Presbyterian Church Community Development Corporation, the Presbyterian Pastoral Care Network and NEXT CHURCH (Strategic Planning Team). He is a regular contributor to the Presbyterian Outlook monthly magazine.

Carlton and his wife Cara split their time between Atlanta, GA and Louisville, KY.

Savannah Presbytery is made up of all congregations of the Presbyterian Church (USA) located within the geographical bounds of Savannah Presbytery except any congregations which are members of non-geographic presbyteries of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

The presbytery meets at least three times per year, usually in October, February, and May.  The location of the meetings of presbytery ordinarily rotate among the different churches.  We currently hold our Stated Meetings in a hybrid format with both in-person and online participants. A quorum for a meeting of the presbytery consists of one-quarter of the minister members of the presbytery plus ruling elder commissioners from one quarter of the member congregations of the presbytery.

Upcoming Stated Meetings
Tuesday, October 17, 2023
10 am
First Presbyterian Church, Statesboro