Bishop Leeland announces District Superintendent changes


Bishop Paul L. Leeland and the Western North Carolina appointive cabinet announce the retirements of two current District Superintendents.  Rev. Dr. Nancy Rankin and Rev. Mark Andrews will officially retire at the upcoming Annual Conference at Lake Junaluska, June 22-24, 2018.

Nancy Rankin is currently serving the Northern Piedmont District, where she has been since 2012.  Her previous appointments include: Mt. Tabor, Winston-Salem, associate (1984-1987); Oak Grove, Charlotte (1991-1996); Statesville District Superintendent (1996-2001); University City, Charlotte (2001-2004); Conference Director, Congregational Development (2004-2008); Blair Road, Mint Hill (2008-2011); and served as a District Superintendent in the former Greensboro District (2011-2012), completing her work in the Northern Piedmont District.

She offered this announcement to her district on February 28, 2018: News from REVDRNANA.

Mark Andrews is currently serving the Metro District, where he has been since 2016.  His previous appointments include: Oak Hill, Candler (1986-1992); Dilworth, Charlotte, associate (1992-1994); Bethlehem, Climax (1994-2001); First, Belmont (2001-2011); St. Luke’s, Hickory (2011-2016).

He shared this announcement with his district on March 5, 2018: Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now.

New Appointments

Bishop Leeland and the cabinet announce new appointments that will be effective July 1, 2018.  These persons will observe and participate in the cabinet’s appointment making sessions this spring while they are serving their last months in their current appointments:

Beverly Coppley, currently serving at Ardmore United Methodist Church, Winston-Salem, NC in the Yadkin Valley District will be appointed to the Northern Piedmont District.

She is a graduate of Wake Forest University (B.A., 1988) and Garret-Evangelical (M.T.S., 1991).
She served Broad Street, Statesville, associate (1998-2001); Chapel Hill, Statesville (2001-2003); University City, Charlotte, associate (2003-2007); First UMC, Landis, (2007-2012), Maple Springs, Winston-Salem, associate (2012-2016), and has been at Ardmore since 2016.

Bev currently serves on the Board of Ordained Ministry and previously served on the Annual Conference Worship Committee.  She is endorsed by the UMC as a Transitional Interim Ministry Specialist and is a participant in The Royce and Jane Reynolds Leadership Academy for Evangelism and Discipleship.

Bev is married to Jeff Coppley who is serving Maple Springs UMC in Winston-Salem. They have two children: Ellen (24) and Thomas (20).

David Hockett, currently serving at Boone United Methodist Church in the Appalachian District will be appointed to the Metro District.

He is a graduate of North Carolina State University (B.A, 1991) and Duke University (M.Div., 1994).

He served Haw River (1992-1994); Christ in Greensboro as an associate (1994-1998) and St. Timothy in Greensboro (1998-2003); Milford Hills, Salisbury (2003-2009), Forest Hill in Concord (2009-2015), and has been at Boone since 2015.

Chair of the Order of Elders for the 2012-2016 quadrennium, David currently serves on the Leadership Development Team.  He has training in family systems theory and conflict resolution and like Bev, is a participating in The Royce and Jane Reynolds Leadership Academy for Evangelism and Discipleship.

David is married to Kim Hockett who works for Novant Health as an IT analyst.  They have three children: Salem (22), Abbey (21) and Eli (16).

Bishop Leeland expressed sincere gratitude for the service and ministry of Nancy Rankin and Mark Andrews, noting “their experience and love for the Church offered wisdom and encouragement. Nancy and Mark’s contributions will be missed as we continue to focus on fruitful congregations and effective leaders.”  

He also expressed hope for the Western North Carolina Conference when he acknowledged “Bev Coppley and David Hockett will continue to offer their energies toward the mission and vision of the church, continuing to assist us in leadership development and vibrant ministries within our local churches.”

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


  • Resources
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