Bishop King announces projected appointments for 6 new Superintendents

3/1/2011

Bishop James King has released the projected appointments of six new District Superintendents.  They will begin serving in their new appointments following June’s Annual Conference session. 

Rev. Henry Bass will become the Valdosta District Superintendent, Rev. Mike Huling will be assigned as the Savannah District Superintendent, Rev. Thomas Martin, III will serve as Macon District Superintendent, Dr. Wayne Moseley will become the Americus District Superintendent, Rev. Benjy Varnell will be assigned to the Waycross District, and Rev. Denise Walton will become the Dublin District Superintendent.

“The entire appointive process is bathed in extensive prayer,” Bishop King said. “Each of these pastors has served their local churches and this annual conference with distinction.  I am grateful that each has agreed to come serve alongside me in this superintending role.”

As the appointive District Superintendent of the Americus District, Dr. Wayne Moseley will follow Rev. Ronnie Wills, who is completing his eighth year of service to the Americus District.  Dr. Moseley is a native of Reidsville, Ga.  He and his wife Sharon have three grown children.  He graduated from LaGrange College, Candler School of Theology at Emory University and McCormick Theological Seminary.  He is currently serving the Gray and Clinton United Methodist Churches.

“I feel both humbled and blessed to have the opportunity to serve Christ on the Cabinet,” Dr. Moseley said of his new appointment.  “It will be a privilege to work with Bishop King and other cabinet members as we seek to carry out this important work for the Kingdom of God.  I will be praying for a great deal for wisdom since this will be a very different role and direction of ministry than I have experienced over the last 35 years.”

Rev. Denise Walton will succeed Rev. Richard F. Varnell, Sr. as Dublin District Superintendent.  Rev. Varnell is completing his eighth year serving the district.  Rev. Walton grew up in Columbus, Ga. and has two adult sons.  A graduate of Columbus State University and Candler School of Theology at Emory University, she is presently serving as pastor of South Columbus United Methodist Church.

“I am deeply humbled and honored for the opportunity to serve in the Dublin District,” Rev. Walton said.  “As senior pastor of South Columbus UMC, I have witnessed God move in extraordinary ways when the people of God come together in love and unity. I pray that God would use me in this new journey to join Bishop King and the members of the Dublin District to make a difference in the kingdom of God.” 

Rev. Henry Bass will follow Valdosta District Superintendent Rev. Nathan Godley, who will be retiring in June.  Rev. Bass is a native of Alabama and served in the North Alabama Conference prior to his 1989 transfer to South Georgia.  A graduate of Birmingham Southern University and Candler School of Theology at Emory University, Rev. Bass and his wife Jane Ellen have four living children.  He is presently serving the Cairo First United Methodist Church.

“Jesus taught the disciples that it is greater to serve than to be served,” Rev. Bass said.  “For me, the office of District Superintendent is to serve those who have been entrusted to my care.  Also, the office embodies leadership and responsibility to show the love of Christ throughout the world as well as within the district which I am honored and privileged to serve.

Rev. Mike Huling will follow Rev. Marshall Howell, who is completing his sixth year as the Savannah District Superintendent.  Rev. Huling grew up in Macon and graduated from the University of Georgia and Candler School of Theology at Emory University.  He and his wife Melinda have three adult children.  He is presently serving Thomasville First United Methodist Church.

“I have been a part of the South Georgia Conference for over 30 years and have loved serving the local church across this Conference,” Rev. Huling said.  “I am humbled and honored to be called by Bishop King to be a part of his Cabinet and serve the United Methodist Church in a new way. It is a great opportunity for me to serve the larger church while celebrating the importance of the local church.  Melinda and I are very excited about coming back to the Savannah area and look forward to working with the pastors and churches and exciting ministries of the Savannah District.”

Rev. Benjy Varnell will follow Rev. Marcia Cochran, who is completing her fourth year as Superintendent of the Waycross District.  Rev. Varnell was born in Savannah and grew up in United Methodist parsonages throughout South Georgia.  He graduated from Valdosta State and Candler School of Theology at Emory University.  He and his wife Mary have two adult children.  Rev. Varnell is presently serving St. Simons United Methodist Church.

“I am deeply humbled and honored to be chosen by Bishop King to be a part of the Appointive Cabinet,” Rev. Varnell said.  “The Waycross District is close to my heart, having met and married my wonderful wife Mary at Waycross First United Methodist Church.  I am excited about the opportunity of making disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ and pledge to the Bishop, the Conference, the District and the Cabinet team to give my best to the all-important work of growing a Christlike world.”

Rev. Thomas Martin, III will succeed Macon District Superintendent Rev. Thomas Mason, who is completing his second year of service to the Macon District.  Rev. Martin was born in Macon and graduated from Mercer University and Asbury Seminary.  He and his wife Flo have two adult sons.  Rev. Martin is presently serving Macon’s Mulberry Street United Methodist Church.

“Having served the local church for 28 years, I have personally experienced what our connectional system, at its best, can do to strengthen individual and congregational witness and ministry,” Rev. Martin said.  “When fulfillment in ministry and personal life are joined, our witness is more complete; we are a better church. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve in this new way, and to offer support and counsel to ministers, their families, and the laity of the Macon District.”

Those interested in following the appointment-making process may access currently projected appointments by going to the conference website (www.sgaumc.org).

All appointments appearing online are considered firm projections pending the official announcement at the conclusion of the Annual Conference session on June 9, in Tifton.