Celebrating 2020 Retiring Clergy


With grateful hearts for all you have done for our churches and congregations members, we celebrate this special moment with you! 

Retired Deacons

Mary Labosky Doub
Nancy Kathryn Griswold
Johanna Chavles Miller
Saxon Cayce Scarborough

Retired Elder

John Vincent Arey
James McCoy Armstrong
Michael Ford Bailey
Neal Franklin Brower
Fred Efird Carpenter
Mark Everette Clontz
Ronald Dean Doub
Terry Ryan Duckworth
Margaret Arthur Finch
John Keith Franklin
Gregory Dennis Freeman
Jonathan Lohr Golden
Charles Byron Halipilias
Thomas Richard Hunter
David Franklin Lawrence
Lynne Moose Lepley
Michael Andrew Macdonald
Daniel Gray Martin
Donald Eugene McCoy
David Frank McHale
Bart William Milleson
Jimmy Laird Myers
Samuel Om
Ivan Hugh MacDonald Peden
Walter Pegues
Nathan Thomas Snider
Carole Bailey Stoneking
William Christopher Thore
William Lynn Upchurch
Roger Dean Weisner
Joseph Michael Westfall

Retired Associate Members

Clarence Earl Osborne

Retired Local Pastors

Dennis Allen Ammons
George Michael Davis
Ronnie Eugene Dry
Gary Lyon Elrod
Sandra McGarrah
John Lewis Mitchell
Cynthia Johnson Spicer
Elaine McNeill Treece
Margaret Russell Wannemacher

Thank you for your commitment. Thank you for your sacrifices. Thank you for walking alongside so many in the name of Jesus.

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 hfleming@wnccumc.net.


  • Resources
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