Van Hoever to retire from Greensboro consultant role


Nashville, Tennessee – David Van Hoever, the Cokesbury Community Resource Consultant in the Greensboro, North Carolina, area, announced his retirement May 15, 2017. His last day with the company will be December 10. Van Hoever, who has been with Cokesbury since January 2011, is strongly committed to his customers, no matter their size or their location in the greater Greenboro area, according to Steve Toombs, director of Cokesbury’s Community Resource Consultant team. “Dave is committed to a smooth transition during his retirement and has offered to stay with Cokesbury until mid-December for that transition. “We wish Dave all the best in his journey,” added Toombs. “But we will certainly miss his strong work ethic, commitment to his customers and co-workers, and his dedication to this ministry.” Van Hoever, the father of four, will enjoy more time with his wife, Pat; his grandchildren; and his hobby of restoring classic automobiles. Van Hoever will continue consulting with and visiting customers in their churches throughout this time. He welcomes the opportunity to see customers at the Western North Carolina Annual Conference, starting June 23. In addition to Van Hoever’s retirement, another Cokesbury change is happening in the Western North Carolina conference, effective August 1, 2017. At that time, two North Carolina-based community resource consultants (Leigh Reynolds and Drew Neill) and a Nashville-based, North Carolina-focused phone consultant (Mechele Brown) will expand their reach to work with all of the Western North Carolina conference churches, instead of being limited to the greater Charlotte, Greensboro and Winston-Salem areas. “This concentration has worked extremely well in 11 other UM conferences throughout the country,” explained Toombs. “It allows us to develop even stronger conference relationships, while equipping church leaders to make disciples. We are excited to bring this model to North Carolina.”   About Cokesbury Cokesbury is the retail and customer service arm of The United Methodist Publishing House, which serves more than 11 million United Methodists worldwide as well as a broad ecumenical audience representing many denominations and independent churches, with books, Bibles, curriculum, worship resources, and church supplies. Cokesbury offers more than 200,000 products to congregations through and the Cokesbury Customer Care Center 1-800-672-1789.

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