United Methodist Reporter: Independent News And Commentary
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A Web Group For The United Methodist Church
The founders of CircuitWriter Media felt a real loss when the United Methodist Reporter was closing down operations. They felt that independent news was a valuable voice for sharing all sides of our dynamic church. Taking over digital properties in 2013, this team of volunteers has continued the life of independent news in the United Methodist Church as a gift of love for the church and its people.
Years ago, as bloggers themselves, and long before CircuitWriter Media was created the MethoBlog was built as a hub to share the thoughts and give voice to the everyday person in the church. If someone considers themselves a United Methodist and keeps a blog (even occasionally) then they are considered a part of “The MethoBlog”. The MethoBlog aggregates and promotes over 300 individual blogs that cover a wide range of interests and perspectives.
CircuitWriter Media offers web services with the church, and the church budget, in mind. We offer custom web design to economical web design as well as ongoing maintenance and hosting. If your United Methodist Church is needing to update their web presence a good place to start that process is to talk with those of us at CircuitWriter Media. We have almost 20 years of design and coding experience and even more years of understanding church ministry needs. We get you because we are you.
CircuitWriter Media Leadership
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Charles is best known for his work as a church consultant in the areas of Youthwork and for his Wesleyan Model of Ministry for Church, Campus, and Mission organizations. He is also an adjunct professor of Youth Ministry at Perkins School of Theology.
Through his Board work for The Foundation for Evangelism Charles works to help spread responsible evangelism in the UMC. Through his Board work for Proyecto Abrigo in Juarez, Mexico, Charles is actively involved in working with those on the margin being crushed by poverty and violence.
Charles stays anchored in the life of a local Church by serving as Director of Christian Education at Kessler Park UMC in Dallas, Texas.
Charles is married to Rev. Georgia M. Harrison, an ordained Deacon in the North Texas Conference serving at FUMC, Wichita Falls, Texas. His son Ricky Harrison, who was a delegate to General Conference in 2012 is finishing up his senior year of religious studies at McMurry University in Abilene, Texas and heading to seminary in 2014. His daughter Marisa is in nursing school Midwestern State University.
Rev. Jay Voorhees
CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER
Jay Voorhees, the senior pastor of the City Road United Methodist Church in Madison, TN (North of Nashville). Jay is a pastor, blogger, geek, author, and community activist who is trying to live out Christ’s command to love God with all heart, soul, mind, and strength, and love our neighbor as ourself. Jay was involved in the early days of the emerging church conversation, and continues to challenge the church to live up to its radical calling. Jay has written for several different publications, and is the co-editor/publisher of The MethoBlog, a site dedicated to aggregating content from United Methodist oriented bloggers. Jay also understands his calling not simply to a congregation, but rather to a community, and has been involved in political advocacy and community development activities as a means of carrying out that call.
More important than anything else, Jay is the father of two daughters — Grace and Anna.
CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER
Gavin is our web solutions hitman for CircuitWriter Media and services team leader. He lives in the Hendersonville Tennessee area with his wife Erin and three boys. They own a local pest-control company (All-American Pest Control) that you can sometimes find Gavin working with when the bugs are bad.
Gavin is a veteran youth worker within the Tennessee Conference of the United Methodist Church. He has been on many leadership positions within the conference in the 13+ years within the TNUMC. Gavin has been published through the UpperRoom, UMPH, GBOD, UMCom and many other entities of the United Methodist Church. He is regularly consulted and asked to speak about church communications, social media, and other ministry dynamics.
Gavin served on the Board of Directors for the United Methodist Reporter for five years before it was dissolved.