Holston Methodists Make Area Appointments

Saturday, June 15, 2013 - by John Shearer

Several new ministerial appointments were made in the Chattanooga and Cleveland districts at the Holston Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church gathered in Lake Junaluska, N.C.

They included the appointment of former Hamilton County Commissioner Paul McDaniel’s wife, Linda McDaniel, who will begin serving as minister of congregational care at First-Centenary United Methodist Church.

Other new Chattanooga District appointments include Mary Carol Austin, minister of missions at Christ UMC; David Harr, minister of the homebound at First-Centenary UMC; Chris Black, student associate minister at First-Centenary; Gary R.
Ihfe at Lookout Mountain UMC; Laurence V. Hesser at Wesley Memorial UMC; and L. Lyle White at White Oak UMC.

Also, Jodie Ihfe will begin serving as the new pastor at New Salem UMC in the Dade County Cluster, while in the Sequatchie Cluster, Curtis McKee will serve at Dunlap UMC, Brenda H. Woods will be at the Looney’s Creek-Sulphur Springs churches, and Michael T. King will be at Pleasant Grove UMC.

Among the new appointments in the Cleveland District, Dwight S. Kilbourne will be the senior minister at Ooltewah UMC; Cecil J. Baxter will be at Sale Creek UMC; Ray Petty Jr. will be serving at Big Spring-Valley Head UMC, Timothy Bracken is the new senior minister at First UMC of Cleveland; and Ramon D. Torres II will be at Cleveland Wesley Memorial UMC.

Also, Thomas “T.J.” Burdine will be an associate at First UMC in Dayton; V. Richard Tallent will be at Englewood-Pleasant Grove and Etowah UMC; Danielle A. Jenkins will be at Etowah and St. Paul’s-Carlock UMC; and P. Aaron Pierce will be at Etowah and Wesley Memorial UMC.

Also in the Cleveland District, Timothy S. “Ty” Harrison will be the senior minister at Keith Memorial UMC in Athens; L. Gayle Crabtree will be at Mars Hill and Pine Grove UMC; Chadwick J.W. Holtz will be at Mountain View UMC; Terril D. LIttrell will be at Red Hill-Sugar Creek UMC; Melissa R. Smith is at Riverstone UMC; and Mark Barber is at Tasso-Charleston UMC.

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