Brainerd And Christ Among Local Methodist Churches Getting New Pastors

Saturday, June 17, 2017 - by John Shearer
The Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church this week named new ministerial appointments for the 2017-18 year.

Among the larger Chattanooga churches getting new senior pastors are Christ UMC in East Brainerd, where the Rev. Nathan Malone will begin serving, and Brainerd, which will have the Rev. Adam McKee III as its pastor.

The Rev. Randall Martin, a graduate of McCallie School and a former senior pastor at Hixson UMC, has been named as the new Chattanooga District superintendent.

Other new appointments in the immediate Chattanooga area include the Rev. L. Clark Taylor Jr., First-Centenary minister of faith and work; the Rev. Justin Keating, Holston Gap Parish in North Georgia; the Rev. Leslie Daniels, Lookout Mountain-Paynes Chapel; the Rev. Sharon Bowers, Mount Mariah Parish director and Stanley pastor; the Rev. Charlotte S. Williams, Eastdale Village, the Rev. Charles Smelley Jr., Hurst; the Rev. Gary Ihfe, senior minister at St. Elmo-St. Marks; the Rev. Anna Golladay, associate St. Elmo-St. Marks; and the Rev. Tommy Messer, Wauhatchie.

A number of new appointments were also made in the Dade County and Sequatchie County clusters of the Chattanooga District and in the Cleveland District. Among the larger churches in Cleveland, Micah J. Nicolaus will begin serving as senior minister at Broad Street UMC.

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