North Alabama Conference Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett and the Cabinet have announced full-time clergy appointment changes to take effect on July 1, 2019.
Bishop Wallace-Padgett states, “I am grateful for the prayerful leadership of the cabinet throughout the appointment-making process. Appointment assignments are at the heart of our North Alabama Conference’s mission of discovering, developing and deploying spiritual leaders for the transformation of the world.”
Among these newly-announced appointments are a new District Superintendent and expanded roles for two members of the Extended Cabinet.
Rev. Sherill Clontz will reprise her role as Superintendent of the Cheaha District, an appointment she served from 2012-2016. Rev. Clontz is currently the senior pastor of Aldersgate UMC in Huntsville.
Previously she has served as Associate Superintendent of the Northeast District, pastor of New Life UMC, associate pastor of Trinity UMC in Huntsville, associate pastor of Epworth UMC, pastor of McDonell Chapel UMC and associate pastor of Huntsville Korean UMC. Additionally, Rev. Clontz has served in numerous Conference leadership roles including Conference Secretary, Secretary of the Cabinet, Annual Conference Parliamentarian and chair of the Committee on Procedures and Petitions.
Rev. Clontz earned a bachelor’s degree from Auburn University, master’s degree from Alabama A&M University and a Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt Divinity School.
“I'm excited to be in ministry again with the pastors and churches of the Cheaha District,” Rev. Clontz says. “Clinton did a wonderful job as their Superintendent and I look forward to building on the work he did in the District and moving forward.”
Current Superintendent of the Cheaha District Dr. Clinton Hubbard, Jr. will become the senior pastor of Tuscaloosa First UMC on July 1, 2019.
Executive Director of Ethnic Ministries Rev. Donald Smith will expand his role by becoming a part of the Appointive Cabinet. Rev. Smith also serves as senior pastor of Center Grove UMC in Huntsville.
As a member of the Appointive Cabinet, Rev. Smith will join with the eight District Superintendents who assist the Bishop in many areas of leadership in the Conference including making clergy appointments.
Rev. Smith Says, “I am excited about the opportunity to work with the appointive cabinet in this new position. I am grateful to Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett for her confidence in my gifts and look forward to strengthening our churches and developing leaders in the North Alabama Conference.”
As one of the four priorities of the North Alabama Conference, the Ethnic Ministries Team resources African-American, Hispanic, Korean, Asian, Native American and other ethnic minority local churches in their ministry through training, informing and equipping. Ethnic Ministries also works with New Church Development in starting new communities of faith and all other ministries of the Conference to reach new and underrepresented populations within the bounds of the Conference.
To further resource this Conference priority, an additional associate pastor will be appointed to Center Grove UMC in the near future. This will assist Rev. Smith with his pastoring duties as he juggles his multiple leadership roles.
Rev. Smith has served as Executive Director of Ethnic Ministries since 2018 and pastor of 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.
The role of Executive Director of New and Renewing Churches Dr. Robin Scott will change as he also takes on the responsibility of senior pastor of Palmerdale UMC in the Central District.
Rev. Scott will continue working with the Conference New Church Team. The Office of Connectional Ministries will take on responsibility for the Renewing Churches work. New Faith Communities and Healthy Congregations are Conference priorities.
Rev. Scott previously served as senior pastor of the Palmerdale congregation for 12 years from 1990 to 2002. During his tenure the church experienced extensive growth. His return to this role is a stewardship of outstanding conference leadership, as well as, an effort to best serve a strategic church in the Central District. He previously served as Superintendent of the Mountain Lakes District, pastor of 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 honored to be back at Palmerdale UMC and to continue my work with the New Church Team. I want to thank the Cabinet for this opportunity.”