Two New District Superintendents Announced


Bishop Goodpaster and the Cabinet announce two additional District Superintendent changes effective July 1.

Lyn Sorrells and Sally Langford will both be receiving new appointments at that time. Angela Pleasants and Mark Andrews will be appointed to serve as District Superintendents.

Bishop Goodpaster remarked, “Both Lyn and Sally have been very effective superintendents and I have been privileged to serve with both of them. Lyn was one of the first new DS appointments I made when I arrived in Western North Carolina, and Sally has been a part of the Cabinet for all of my years here, except for her one year as interim pastor at Gastonia First UMC. They have helped all of us redefine the role of superintendent and have modeled and taught us what it means to be the chief missional strategist in and for a district.”

pleasants200Pleasants is currently serving as pastor of First UMC in Mt. Holly where she has been since 2011. Previously she had served Central UMC in Charlotte and at Wingate UMC among her five appointments in our conference.  She is a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University (1990) and Duke Divinity School (1999).

She will be appointed to serve as the superintendent of the Catawba Valley District.

andrewsAndrews is currently serving as pastor of St. Luke UMC in Hickory where he has been since 2011. Prior to that he served for ten years at First UMC, Belmont, among his five appointments in the conference. He is a graduate of Greensboro College (1978) and Duke Divinity School (1986)

He will be appointed to serve as the superintendent of the Metro District.

“I am very excited about both Angela and Mark joining the Cabinet and bringing their unique gifts and skills to our work together. They have both demonstrated deep commitments to Christ and the church, with particular focus on energy around missional engagement and leading the church to more faithful and fruitful service,” concluded Goodpaster.

Resources for Vital Congregations



Lewis Center for Church Leadership

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Books

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Serve Your Neighbor

GBHEM Leadership Resources


Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality and the United Methodist Church

Englewood Book Review

Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations

Ted Talks: The Golden Circle

Ted Talks: The Power of Vulnerability

Ted Talks: The Price of Invulnerability

Design Thinking

Meditations on the Ministry of All Christians


Be A Disciple

A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Adult Christian Studies from the Wesley Ministry Network

Traveling Together: A Guide for Disciple Forming Congregations


Living As United Methodist Christians

Methodist Doctrine: The Essentials

Reclaiming our Wesleyan Tradition: John Wesley’s Sermons for Today

John Wesley Sermons: Anthology


Get Their Name

Evangelism & Theology in the Wesleyan Spirit

Canoeing the Mountains

Fresh Expressions

Fresh Expressions: Dinner Church

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Reach New Disciples

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: 50 Ways to Reach People

Community: The Structure of Belonging


Institute for Emerging Issues

Congregations 4 Children


The Royce and Jane Reynolds Ministry Fund Grants

The Duke Endowment


The Appalachian District Church Vitality Team has been prayerfully seeking ways to help support you and the ministries of your local congregation during this COVID-19 pandemic. Together they have diligently researched and connected with others throughout the conference and our denomination to identify resources and offer them to you. We hope they will be helpful to you and bless you greatly in leading your churches and communities through this unprecedented time. We are very grateful to the District Vitality Team and other contributors for their great work on this resource.
This faithful team has created three documents, two of which you are receiving today. They include:

  • Family Home Worship – designed to help families establish a regular worship space within their homes as well as a time where they can worship together.
  • Tech Strategies – to help guide you in selecting effective tools and resources within your budget to best communicate in the digital world.

We believe these resources will be of great benefit to you. Also know that the District Vitality Team is available to answer any questions you might have in regards to the documents attached. If you have questions, you may email Rev. Howard Fleming at