Kevin Alton named as UMR Editor

AltonNashville, TN — CircuitWriter Media LLC announced today that Kevin Alton has been named as the new Executive Editor for The United Methodist Reporter and will be joining CWM as a partner, effective immediately. Former executive editor Jay Voorhees is transitioning to become the Chief Creative Officer for CircuitWriter Media LLC.

Alton has served for 7 years as the Director of Youth Ministries at Ringgold United Methodist Church in Ringgold, GA, and has been a prolific writer of books, articles, and curriculum for youth ministry. He is leaving over 15 years of local church work to continue to follow his life-long call to youth ministry in the national arena of writing, speaking, & teaching for youthworkers and family ministry in general. He co-founded the online Wesleyan curriculum resource Youthworker Circuit and has for years written and managed content for the Wesleyan youth worker community called the Youthworker Movement. His involvement with UMR will serve to strengthen his Wesleyan core and knowledge of the larger UM conversation.

Alton’s  natural networking abilities have pulled him into a national conversation on church, ministry, and spirituality. He’s currently working on a book project on the loss of the family altar and the resulting loss of spirituality at the center of the Christian home.

Alton will be assuming the day-to-day editorial duties for the United Methodist Reporter website as well as working with CircuitWriter Media LLC on publishing projects. He can be reached via

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Jay: I commend you for your effort and work to maintain an independent forum for United Methodists following the closure of the United Methodist Reporter. While I’ve often differed with your journalistic handling of the volatile issues surrounding human sexuality within the Church, I salute your willingness to provide a place for everyone to gather. May God grant grace and blessings to you in your new role and lead Kevin Alton into effective facilitation of “the larger UM conversation.”

Wes Andrews
Wes Andrews

Welcome to you Kevin.

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