Sue Haupert-Johnson 95T


Resident Bishop, North Georgia Episcopal Area
Southeastern Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church
Atlanta, Georgia

Sue Haupert-Johnson is the episcopal leader of the North Georgia Conference. She was elected bishop by the 2016 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference of the United Methodist Church and consecrated July 15, 2016. Her first assignment as bishop is to the North Georgia Episcopal Area of the United Methodist Church; she began service in North Georgia on September 1, 2016.

A Florida native, Haupert-Johnson (or “Bishop Sue”) received her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Florida and a master of divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory. She was a federal law clerk and a litigator with the Tampa, Florida, law firm Carlton Fields before she answered the call to ministry.

After graduating summa cum laude from Candler, Haupert-Johnson was ordained a deacon in the Florida Annual Conference in 1996 and an elder in 1998. She subsequently served in pastoral appointments as associate pastor at the 4,500-member First UMC, Lakeland; as pastor of the 300-member rural/suburban Hillsborough UMC in Tampa; and as lead pastor of two large-membership churches, First UMC, Cape Coral, and First UMC, Ocala. She served as the North Central district superintendent of the Florida Annual Conference from 2013 to 2016.

As district superintendent, she guided a diverse area of very large and very small urban, suburban, and rural churches as well as African American, Haitian, and Hispanic churches; a Native American ministry; a large camp and retreat center; and a vibrant campus ministry. She was the “missional strategist” for this region, equipping and resourcing churches for ministry and helping them work together to reach their mission fields for Jesus Christ.

A leader in the Florida Annual Conference, Haupert-Johnson served for six years as chair of the Order of Elders, calling elders to accountability and seeking to deepen the covenant between clergy. She served on the Conference Strategic Leadership Team and the Conference Board of Pension and Health Benefits. She chaired the Conference Standing Rules Committee and the Resolutions Committee. She served on the Board of Ordained Ministry for nine years and helped shape the development of the Center for Clergy Excellence.

She was the Florida Conference’s clergy delegation leader for General Conference 2016. She has represented the Florida Conference at the quadrennial United Methodist Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference four times and the United Methodist General Conference in 2008, 2012, and 2016. She also was chair of the Judicial Administration Legislative Committee at the 2012 General Conference.

She previously served as chair of the Candler Alumni Board and currently serves as a member of the Candler Board of Advisors and the Committee of 100.

Haupert-Johnson is married to the Reverend Allen Johnson, and they have a daughter, Samantha. She enjoys NCAA football and basketball, all things Broadway, reading, movies, yoga, and running.

She was elected trustee in 2016.