The Rev. Dr. Warren Lathem
United Methodist background
Dr. Lathem is a former District Superintendent of the Atlanta-Marietta District of the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. He has pastored churches since 1972. His experience includes numerous seminars, training events, church consultations, mentoring, seminary teaching, crusade evangelism, ministry pioneer, camp meetings, and revivals on a national and international basis.
His last pastoral appointment was to the Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church which he served for approximately 17 years. During his tenure, it grew from 75 in worship to be the fourth largest UMC (based on average attendance) in the U.S. More importantly, during those years more than 60% of the 5000 new members who joined were by profession of faith. He has always been committed to reaching the unchurched with the Good News of Jesus Christ.
He is retired on disability from the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church in which he had served since 1975. He also served three years in Kentucky.
His dedication to evangelism and outreach has prompted him to start many innovative ministries, e.g., Lay Missionary Training, The Journey, Recreation Ministry, Beacon of Hope Women’s Center, The Summit Counseling Center and the first AIDs ministry outside the perimeter of Atlanta. He began an afterschool program, a preschool , an elementary school, middle school, and high school, enrolling more than 900 children and known as the Mount Pisgah Christian School. In his last year as Senior Minister, Mt. Pisgah led the Conference in new members. His ministry has been marked by transformed lives. He has always been committed to the ministry of the laity and has partnered with the laity in most effective ways.
He co-founded the Aslan Group, a national church consulting firm. They have worked with dozens of churches from coast to coast, and in some foreign countries. He also started what became the largest Hispanic ministry in the North Georgia Conference, and he started or helped start more than a half dozen Hispanic, one Kenyon, one Brazilian and several Anglo congregations.
Dr. Warren Lathem is the President of the Wesleyan Seminary of Venezuela (Seminario Wesleyano de Venezuela) which he co-founded in 2002. The Seminary offers a 6-year undergraduate program awarding a Bachelor of Theology degree and a 2-year Master of Pastoral Leadership degree. It is in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, and has an enrollment of more than 100 students. The only school of its kind in Venezuela, it offers academically sound educational/Christian opportunities to pastors and students in an affordable and accessible manner within the Wesleyan Tradition.
The Wesleyan Seminary of Venezuela (Seminario Wesleyano de Venezuela) offers great opportunity for partnerships for people who want to make a real difference in the lives of those serving Christ in one of the most critical countries in the Western Hemisphere. Dr. Lathem also had to privilege to preside at the founding conference of the United Methodist Church of Venezuela until they elected their first Bishop. He considers this one of the greatest honors of his life and an experience no other living US United Methodist pastor has had.
Among his published works are Preaching for a Response, co-authored with Dan Dunn, available at Bristol House (bristolhouseltd.com) and Amazon.com, The Acts of Jesus, Our Father…I Believe, Transformational Worship, and Head ‘Em Off At The Pass available through Lulu.com and Amazon.com. These are also available from the author along with other original works.
Lathem currently owns and operates Arepa Farms, a small all natural family farming operation in Cherokee County, Ga. He is married to Jane Baird Lathem, and they have two sons, Ray and Jared. Jared is the pastor of Ball Ground UMC and is married to Lim. They have two children, Zoe and Elijah. Ray was killed in 1996 in the ValuJet crash in Miami returning from a mission trip to Venezuela.