North Alabama minister to become United Methodist Children's Home Chaplain


Bishop Will Willimon has announced the appointment of the Rev. Lonna Lynn Higgs as the new Chaplain of the United Methodist Children’s Home effective in June. Rev. Higgs currently serves as the minister of Hoover First United Methodist Church in the South Central District.

“I’m thrilled that the UMCH, our beloved institution for children, has selected Lonna Lynn as their new Chaplain. Lonna Lynn is a pastor with a great passion for children and for the marginalized. She will be excellent in this role. By serving in this capacity, she will also undergird our relationship with the Children’s Home. Just last month, our clergy spouses raised over $4000 at a luncheon for the Babies First program of the UMCH. This is a wonderful ministry of the North Alabama Conference.”

United Methodist Children’s Home President / CEO Steven R. Hubbard says, “We welcome Rev. Higgs to this extension ministry. As our Chaplain, she will serve as a member of our Leadership Team and be responsible for all areas of spiritual growth as it relates to the children and families we serve as well as our staff.”

The present Children’s Home Chaplin Rev. LuAnne Houser has served UMCH since 2003. She will be appointed to another position within the Alabama-West Florida Conference by Bishop Paul Leeland.

The United Methodist Children's Home was founded by the North Alabama and Alabama-West Florida Conferences of the United Methodist Church in 1890, with the belief that every child is entitled to live in a caring and nurturing home.

As the needs of children and families change, the United Methodist Children's Home has evolved s to meet those needs. Over the years, the United Methodist Children's Home has established service centers throughout the state of Alabama and Northwest Florida to help thousands of children and family members through their "Babies First" programs, Therapeutic Foster Care programs, Family Preservation and Support services, Assessment Centers and some Adoption and referral services – as well as through Residential Group Homes for young people unable to live with their families for various difficult, and sometimes traumatic circumstances.

South Central District Superintendent Rev. Ron Schultz says, “Lonna Lynn is going to provide effective leadership in her new role as Chaplain. We send her with blessings.”

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