North Alabama Conference Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett and the Appointive Cabinet have announced full-time clergy appointment changes to take effect July 1, 2018. These appointments include two new District Superintendents, a new Executive Director of Ethnic Ministries and an Executive Director of New and Renewing Churches.
Rev. Sherri Reynolds will become the Superintendent of the Southwest District. For the last seven years, she has served as the senior pastor of Christ Central UMC in Rainbow City, Alabama. Previously she served as senior pastor of Eulaton UMC and associate pastor of Pell City First UMC.
Rev. Reynolds is a graduate of Jacksonville State University and Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
"I am honored to be appointed to the Southwest District as superintendent,” Rev. Reynolds says. “I look forward to getting to know the congregations and clergy of the district. My prayer is that we will work together in ministry to bring God glory and make disciples of Jesus."
Rev. Terry Bentley will become the Superintendent of the Mountain Lakes District. He currently serves as senior pastor of Guntersville First UMC.
He is a graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. During his ministry he has also served Henagar UMC, Forest Hill UMC, New Oregon UMC, Whitehall UMC, Trinity UMC (Talladega), Haleyville First UMC and Christ Central UMC.
“I am very excited to serve the wonderful churches of the Mountain Lakes District,” Rev. Bentley says. “I have been blessed to serve many appointments in this area and have come to love and appreciate very much the committed United Methodists in this beautiful part of our conference. After 40 years of serving in the local church, Diane and I are looking forward to this new opportunity for ministry.”
Rev. Donald Smith, the senior pastor of Center Grove UMC in Huntsville, will additionally become the Executive Director of Ethnic Ministries. As one of the four priorities of the North Alabama Conference, the Ethnic Ministries Team works to develop African-American, Latino, Korean, Asian and Native American spiritual leaders and to equip local congregations to grow in worship attendance, membership, baptisms and professions of faith. The executive director oversees and coordinates the vision of reaching the diverse population groups to discover, develop and deploy spiritual leaders.
Rev. Smith has served Center Grove UMC since 2009. Prior to coming to North Alabama he served in the Alabama-West Florida Conference including as associate pastor of St. Francis Street in Mobile; pastor of Eight Mile; associate pastor of Shalimar; and pastor of Toulminville-Warren Street in Mobile. He is a graduate of Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina and Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia
Rev. Smith says, “I am looking forward to working with the Ethnic Ministries Team and all of the members of the Annual Conference.”
Dr. Robin Scott will become the Executive Director of New and Renewing Churches. In his new position he will lead the combined offices of New Church and Church Health. This office will manage and continue our conference priorities of starting new faith communities and revitalizing existing churches.
Rev. Scott currently serves as the Superintendent of the Mountain Lakes District. He previously served Clearbranch UMC, Guntersville First UMC, Palmerdale UMC, Clear Springs UMC, Marvin UMC, Geraldine First UMC, Antioch UMC and Centre-Lebanon UMC. He is a graduate of Jacksonville State University and Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He received his Doctor of Ministry from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky.
Rev. Scott says, “I am excited to be able to work in an area of deep passion and personal calling. Helping churches reach their highest potential is what makes me get up every morning. While I am pumped to start new places and spaces for a new demographic of believers, I am equally excited to help churches find renewed passion and mission. I thank the Bishop and Cabinet and the people of North Alabama for this great opportunity.”
“I am appreciative of the contributions made by outgoing District Superintendents Roger Thompson and Robin Scott who have been excellent appointive cabinet members,” says Bishop Wallace-Padgett. “I also appreciate how Bob Alford, Clinton Hubbard and Richard Hunter have advanced our effectiveness in the areas of Church Health, Ethnic Ministries and New Church in excellent ways.”
She adds, “I look forward to Clinton Hubbard’s continued service in his third year as a District Superintendent and welcome Robin Scott into his role with New and Renewing Churches. I also am pleased to work alongside new District Superintendents Sherri Reynolds and Terry Bentley and Executive Director of Ethnic Ministries/Senior Pastor of Center Grove UMC, Donald Smith.”
These appointments, along with the other full-time appointments announced today, will be fixed during the 2018 North Alabama Annual Conference and will become effective on July 1, 2018.