UMC Chattanooga District Announces New Ministerial Appointments

Thursday, June 12, 2014

New ministerial appointments for United Methodist church in the Chattanooga District have been announced. These include the Rev. Brenda F. Carroll, Chattanooga District Superintendent; the Rev. Dale Wyrick, Signal Crest UMC; the Rev. Bruce Gaylon, Red Bank; the Rev. Jim Diehl, First UMC Whitwell and Havron's Chapel; the Rev. Will Lauderback, McFarland UMC; the Rev. Charles Ensminger, Harrison UMC; the Rev. Christina DowlingSoka, Wauhatchie UMC; the Rev. Joe DowlingSoka, St. Elmo UMC; and the Rev.

Annette Flynn, Wildwood.

Rev. Wyrick, a pastor for 40 years, formerly served churches in Spring City. Rev. Galyon came from Central UMC in Knoxville and had formerly been pastor of several churches in the Cleveland District. Rev. Ensminger came from Blountville UMC and had been pastor of several other churches in the Cleveland District. Rev.Lauderback had been an associate pastor at First Broad Street in Kingsport. Rev. Flynn had been on a leave of absence after serving as an assistant at Signal Crest. Rev. Christiana DowlingSoka was an associate pastor at Munsey Memorial in Johnson City and the Rev. Joe DowlingSoka had been pastor of First UMC in Bristol.


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