Bishop William H. Willimon and the members of the Cabinet of the North Alabama Conference have received and granted a request for a leave of absence from the Rev. Bill Gandy. Effective Tuesday, Nov. 8, Rev. Gandy will be relieved of his responsibilities as District Superintendent of the Mountain Lakes District.
"The attention that I need to give to family matters does not allow me to give the attention to the important work of the church, the North Alabama Conference, the Mountain Lakes District and the ministry of our Lord," Gandy wrote. "I respect each of you and am grateful for the opportunity to serve with you. I will be in prayer for the work of the church and solicit your prayers for me and my family."
Following a meeting of the Cabinet this afternoon, Bishop William H. Willimon asked this information be shared with the clergy and laity of the North Alabama Conference. "Bill is a remarkable, transformative leader who has led a dramatic change in the Mountain Lakes District," Bishop Willimon said. "His innovative work in revitalizing small churches, in connectional giving for mission, and in identifying and empowering effective pastors has made him a model for all of us in the ministry of oversight. Bill and his family will remain in our prayers."