Storm damage reported throughout Conference area


Conference Director of Mission and Advocacy Rev. Matt Lacey has been working with District Superintendents and the Conference Disaster Response Team to compile an initial report of damages and to begin planning the Conference’s response to the storms which traveled through North Alabama on Wednesday, April 27, 2011.

Bishop Will Willimon has already made an appeal to UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) for emergency response funds. The Conference Disaster Response Team has already had a conference call and has planned another call for tomorrow to further compile the list of areas affected by the storms. The team will begin to access needs in those areas and, as the needs are assessed, the team will begin issuing calls for volunteers.

As of 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday night, here are the known storm damages.

Central District

  • Cullman First UMC has severe structural and roof damage.
  • St. Andrew UMC has windows blown out.
  • The downtown Cullman area is one of the hardest hit areas in the Conference

Cheaha District

  • Moody First UMC has roof damage and windows blown out

Mountain Lakes District

  • Albertville and Guntersville appear to be the worst hit areas. Storms are currently moving through the District at this time.

Northeast District

  • Good Shepherd UMC is hosting 700-800 people whose home have been damaged or destroyed. The disaster response team is working with the church to acquire needed supplies for this shelter.
  • The Harvest area has received a lot of damage and is experiencing severe flooding.

Northwest District

  • Canaan UMC has structural damage (including roof and blown-out windows) to the church and the parsonage.
  • Antioch UMC (Danville) has reported some damage.

South Central

  • Cahaba Heights UMC has roof damage.
  • The Cahaba Heights and Vestavia Hills area has many reports of damage.

Southeast District

  • There are reports of trees down.

Southwest District

  • The city of Tuscaloosa is one of the hardest hit areas in the Conference. It has very heavy damage. The full extent of this damage is still being assessed.

Please continue to report any storm damage to United Methodist Church properties to your District Superintendent by phone. Also, please report any severe storm damage in your area to Rev. Matt Lacey at (205) 202-1879, your District Disaster Response Coordinator or post a comment below. 


1. Will Willimon wrote on 4/27/2011 9:03:25 PM
We are working hard to collect information from our churches. Our Good Shepherd Church in the NW District is housing 700 people whose homes were destroyed in the storm. I am so thankful for Matt Lacey and our Disaster Response Teams. Their advance preparation is paying off. I'm appealing to the general church for immediate emergency funds to help us in our time of need. We will keep all of you posted.
2. Matt Lacey wrote on 4/27/2011 10:12:41 PM
Just heard midtown Tuscaloosa is devastated. Damage to Forest Lake, Berry, and Holt UMC. Forest Lake and St Mark in Northport are being used as shelters for those in need.
3. William Lipp wrote on 4/27/2011 11:07:00 PM
Once again we United Methodists must claim the privilege of servant-hood. Let's give our full support to Mark Lacey and the CDRT. Life is fragile, handle it with prayer.
4. Will Willimon wrote on 4/28/2011 8:27:50 AM
Thanks for the work of our DSs in pulling together our resources for the affected areas. UMCOR is sending us a large grant that can be used by our people to help their communities. I'm receiving inquiries from Methdists all over; they will be sending teams to help once we have assessed the damage and are clear about what we need to minister in this time of crisis. For all those whose community's and churches and parsonages were damaged, we continue to offer hearts and hands in prayer and service.
5. Rev Heather E. Klason wrote on 4/28/2011 10:06:47 AM
Our hearts are breaking for all of you and our prayers are arising Minnesota Annual Conference, Clergy and Congregations, and our Disaster Response Team
6. Sheri Ferguson wrote on 4/28/2011 11:47:31 AM
I want to offer the pastoral care services of Pastoral Care and Counseling to our communities in need. Please call our office 205-824-8320 to let us know how we can be helpful during this time of great need in our Conference area. In prayer, Sheri Ferguson
7. Sheri Ferguson wrote on 4/28/2011 11:50:26 AM
I have just spoken with Rev. Mary Bendall at Tuscaloosa 1st. She asked us to get the word out that the church will have a prayer service at 6:00pm tonight in their sanctuary.
8. Diane Snead wrote on 4/28/2011 5:10:12 PM
Glenn Hills Umc was blest. If any Church in the Bessemer, Hueytown,Concord area has damage such that they need a place to hold service Sunday contact us. Rev. Ron Schultz can reach me with such info.
9. Tim Kendrick wrote on 4/29/2011 8:00:34 PM
Ford's Chapel in the Northeast District lost the steeple on it's new sanctuary and all other buildings are heavily damaged. No one was injured.