From Reverend Luis A. Ortiz and Melanie Geoghagan Ortiz:
Hello to the Young Harris family. Melanie and I are so excited about our new appointment at Young Harris Memorial UMC. We look forward to getting to know every one of you. As we prepare to leave Morrow First UMC, after four years of ministry as their Senior Pastor, we look forward to joining all of you on our first Sunday, June 30, 2019. Melanie being born and raised in Georgia (and a big dawg fan) is excited to be part of the Bulldog Nation community as well as the Young Harris Memorial UMC family.
I was born and raised in Ohio. One of my most memorable employments there was being the private chef for Don King the Boxing Promoter. I excepted Christ in 1984 and shortly before moving to Georgia. In 1985, I started my construction company and was the CEO for ten years.
In 1990, I accepted the call to ministry followed by my first appointment in 1994, where I served as senior pastor at the Tri-Circuit UMC in Commerce, Georgia, and in the summer of 1995, I sold my construction company. While serving in Commerce, I attended Piedmont College and received my Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology with a minor in Psychology, then received my Master of Divinity with a Concentration in Biblical Studies at Gammon Theological Seminary in Atlanta.
For the past 25 years, I have served as senior pastor at all my appointments including St. James UMC, Hoschton UMC, Lawrenceville Road UMC, and presently at Morrow First UMC. I currently serve as Chaplain at Morrow Police Department, Religious Coordinator for UMCOS (United Methodist Committee On Scouting for the North Georgia Conference), and the Board of Trustees for the Griffin District. I was ordained as Full Connectional Elder in the North Georgia Conference in 2015. I am currently set to complete my doctoral degree with a concentration in Christian Leadership and Renewal within the next three months.
My beautiful wife Melanie graduated from North Georgia Technical College in 1991 with a nursing degree. She was awarded the “The Best Nurse Award” by her instructors and graduated at the top of her class. She was nominated as a Georgia Outstanding Leader. Melanie has worked for ten years as a medical transcription for Transpeed, LLC.
Melanie and I are blessed to have two sons and a daughter who are married and have blessed us with a total of five grandchildren.
As we come to a close in our ministry at Morrow First, we look forward to our transition to Young Harris Memorial UMC. Join Melanie and I in prayer to our Lord and Savior for guidance as we all seek the future at Young Harris Memorial UMC that will be as bright as a lighthouse for the Athens community.
With the Love of the Lord,
Reverend Luis and Melanie Ortiz