Methodist leaders to give baccalaureate, commencement addresses
Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson, episcopal leader of the North Georgia Conference of
the United Methodist Church, will be the speaker for LaGrange College’s 2018 Commencement
ceremonies May 19 in the Residential Quad.
The Rev. Susan Gary Landry, LaGrange district superintendent, will deliver the
baccalaureate address at 5 p.m. May 18 at First United Methodist Church of LaGrange.
“We are so honored to have Bishop Sue and Rev. Landry join us for our commencement
activities,” said President Dan McAlexander. “LaGrange College is proud and committed
to our affiliation with the United Methodist Church, and I’m sure these two tremendous
women will have meaningful things to share with our students.”
Affectionately called “Bishop Sue,” Haupert-Johnson was born in Lake Wales, Florida.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a law degree from
the University of Florida, as well as a Master of Divinity degree from Candler
School of Theology at Emory University.
After graduating summa cum laude from Candler, she was ordained a deacon in the
Florida Annual Conference in 1996 and an elder in 1998. She subsequently served
pastoral appointments as an associate pastor at First UMC in Lakeland; pastor of
Hillsborough UMC in Tampa and lead pastor of First UMC in Cape Coral and First
UMC in Ocala.
Bishop Haupert-Johnson served as the North Central District Superintendent of
the Florida Annual Conference from 2013-2016.
As district superintendent, she guided a diverse area of large and small
churches; urban, suburban and rural churches; African-American, Haitian and Hispanic
congregations; a Native American ministry; a large camp and retreat center; and
a campus ministry. She was the “missional strategist” for the region, equipping
and resourcing churches for ministry and helping them work together.
She served for six years as the chair of the Order of Elders. 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.
Bishop Haupert-Johnson was the Florida Conference’s clergy delegation leader for
2016 General Conference. 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 chairperson of the judicial administration legislative committee at the 2012
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, and
she began service in North Georgia on Sept. 1, 2016.
She serves as the chair of the alumni board of Candler School of Theology at Emory
University and on the board of trustees of Bethune Cookman University.
Bishop Haupert-Johnson is married to the Rev. Allen Johnson. They live in
Atlanta with their daughter, Samantha.
The Rev. Susan Landry, the daughter of a Methodist minister, grew up in Decatur.
Majoring in psychology and music, she earned her bachelor’s degree from Emory University.
There, she received her call to pastoral ministry and continued her education at
the Candler School of Theology, where she received her Master of Divinity in 1987.
Following a year’s residency at Grady Memorial Hospital, the Rev. Landry began
her appointive ministry in the North Georgia Conference in 1989, serving as an
associate pastor for the first 14 years in ministry, and for the last 14 years
as a senior pastor at three churches in the North Georgia Conference.
She is married to Louis Landry, a native of Jennings, Louisiana, and engineer
with CBRE Inc. They have four children and three grandchildren.