Her Friends and Colleagues say…

“Sharma exhibits compassion and an evangelistic heart. Guided by her leadership, no one is forgotten, not even the least. Her broad experience and her commitment to leading the church to focus on those outside the walls make her an ideal candidate to be a bishop in The United Methodist Church.”
Nora Colmenares,
General Board of Global Ministries
“I know her to be a mature spiritual leader, teacher, preacher, and administrator. Her extensive experience as an effective pastor in growing churches coupled with the administrative/superintending skills in a diverse, culturally mixed area of Atlanta has provided her with strategic tools for the office of episcopacy.”
Jane Finley,
Former N. GA Conference Lay Leader
“I have seen the innovative way Sharma leads and the compassionate way she serves. Her support of young clergy has been unwavering, and her faith in Jesus is unfailing. She has walked with me through difficult decisions, and I have never questioned whether she has had my back.”
Dalton Rushing,
Pastor of North Decatur UMC
“I have witnessed Sharma’s leadership as the pastor in charge. She is an enthusiastic preacher. She is a visionary leader. She is a theologian committed to the Wesleyan spirit. She is an encourager and mentor to young pastors. She supports and challenges seasoned pastors. She knows and cares for the laity. She is wise and discerning as she helps churches navigate conflict.”
Alice Rogers,
Sr. Pastor of Glenn Memorial UMC
“Sharma Lewis encompasses everything our denomination so desperately needs in an episcopal leader. She is winsome, compassionate, gracious, and charismatic, while anchored solidly in scripture and deeply devoted to The United Methodist Church. She presents an authentic witness knowing no socially constructed limits, but stretching to the margins to reach every soul for Christ.”
Marianne Wright,
S GA Delegate
“The North Georgia Conference Delegation has unanimously selected Sharma D. Lewis as its Episcopal Nominee. This nomination was unanimously affirmed by the Conference Board of Laity. She is a powerful and winsome preacher, an attentive pastor, and a thoughtful leader.”
Mathew A. Pinson,
N GA Lay Leader and Chair of Delegation
“On behalf of Korean-American lay and clergy leaders of the North Georgia Conference, I would like to go on record as endorsing Sharma Lewis for the office of the episcopacy. She is a pastor who is very sensitive about being intentionally inclusive of minorities in carrying out the mission of The United Methodist Church. She exemplifies honesty, integrity, fairness, thoughtfulness, humbleness, gentleness, and passion for the gospel.”
Hyo S. Kim,
N GA Director for Korean/Asian American Ministry
“The United Methodist Church, the Southeastern Jurisdiction, and the respective Council and College of Bishops need and deserve the voice, perspective, and experience of an African-American woman with the impressive leadership qualities of Sharma Lewis. To be truly about the diligent task of vital ministries, we need representation of all voices around the tables of leadership.”
David Allen Grady,
Pastor Druid Hills UMC, Atlanta