Bishop William H. Willimon has announced that after an extensive study of the future leadership needs of Vestavia Hills UMC, as well as a multiple Conference search by the Cabinet, Dr. Bill Brunson, who currently serves as Superintendent of the Southwest District, will be the new Senior Pastor of Vestavia Hills UMC effective June 2012.
“When Butch Styes announced his retirement, he gave us a grand opportunity for a careful, visionary transition of pastoral leadership at Vestavia Hills UMC,” said Bishop Willimon. “Butch led Vestavia Hills in some significant ways. I’m sure that Bill Brunson will continue that momentum and reposition this wonderful congregation for the future.”
Rev. Bob Alford, Superintendent of the Central District, said, “We have conducted a ‘need survey’ and evaluation in order to gain as clear of a picture as possible for what Vestavia Hills UMC felt called by God to do in mission and ministry. Then, we considered a dozen candidates for this demanding assignment, even interviewing a couple of persons outside our Conference. While we will miss Bill’s leadership on the Cabinet, we thought that Vestavia Hills was our highest priority and, through a process of consultation with the SPRC, we worked together to get the very best pastor possible – Bill Brunson.”
“Bill has a gift for solid transformational leadership,” said Bishop Willimon. “He has made our Board of Ordained Ministry a national model for the vetting and recruitment of talented clergy leadership. He has led his district in a wonderful way in storm recovery and clergy appointments. Vestavia Hills, among our most beloved and energetic congregations, is in for a bright future under Bill’s leadership.”