New United Methodist Pastors For Area Appointed
Thursday, June 9, 2016 - by John Shearer
The Holston Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church met from Sunday through Wednesday in Lake Junaluska, N.C., and announced new ministerial appointments for the 2016-17 year.
Among the churches in the Chattanooga District getting new senior or associate pastors are Brainerd, Burks, Hixson, Red Bank and Signal Crest United Methodist churches, among others.
The new appointments, which are for senior pastors or the smaller churches’ only pastor unless noted, include: Justin Keating, Brainerd UMC (associate); Mary Cline, Brooks Memorial; W.
Anthony Collins, Burks; T. Drew McCallie, Hixson (associate); Sharon Bowers, pastor at Stanley and Mount Moriah Parish director; Donald H. Smith, Red Bank; Jacqueline Davis-Gines, St. John (youth pastor); Gary Ihfe, St. Mark; and Rowland S. Buck, Signal Crest.
Others include Carl Marshall, Washington Hills; Mike King, Rising Fawn; H. Wayne Cook, Wildwood-Sand Mountain; and Cecil J. Baxter, Pleasant Grove in the Sequatchie Cluster.
A number of new appointments were also made for the Cleveland District. Among those at churches close to Chattanooga include: L. David Whaley, Benton, Kenneth L. Scoggins, Chilcutt-Chestuee; Ramon D. Torres III, Wesley Memorial-Valley Head; Chris Rouse, Wesley Memorial (associate); Thomas M. Reed, Copperhill First; David G. Anderson, Daisy-Sale Creek; and Dale S. Wyrick, Spring City-Reed’s Chapel, among others.
In the United Methodist Church, appointments are made by the conference bishop with guidance and consultation from district superintendents.