Bishop Leeland announces a new superintendent
Linda Kelly, currently serving at First United Methodist Church Lenoir, in the Appalachian District will be appointed to the Smoky Mountain District.
She is a graduate of Wake Forest University (B.S., 1977), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.,1981) and Duke University (Th.M.,1985)
She served Centenary UMC in New Bern (NCC) associate (1983-1984,1986-1989); Central UMC in Shelby, associate (1990-1993); Transferred to WNCC (1991); Asbury UMC in Huntersville (1993-1996); Trinity UMC in Gastonia (1996-1997); St. Stephen UMC in Charlotte, associate (1997-1999); Matthews UMC, associate (1999-2002); Bradley Memorial UMC in Gastonia (2002-2007); Weaverville UMC (2007-2014) and has been at First UMC in Lenoir since 2014.
Linda currently serves on the Board of Ordained Ministry and participated in The Royce and Jane Reynolds Program in Church Leadership (2011-2012).
Linda's daughter, Kasey (23), is a recent graduate of UNC Asheville.
Randy Harry, the current superintendent of the Smoky Mountain District (2015-present), will be taking another appointment effective July 1, 2018. His appointment will be announced at a later date.
Resources for Vital Congregations
GBHEM Leadership Resources
A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist
RESOURCES TO CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY:
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 email@example.com.