Bishop Carter and Appointive Cabinet announce Clergy Appointments to Local Churches
April 23, 2023
Bishop Kenneth Carter and the appointive cabinet of The Western North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church, in consultation with the clergy and authorized lay leaders of the local churches, announce the following projected appointment changes, to take effect July 1, 2023. This act of ministry is in fulfillment of paragraphs 425-429 of the 2016 Book of Discipline. Clergy in extension ministry will be included in the final report shared with the annual conference in June.
“This has been a complex season of appointment-making”, Bishop Carter noted. “Many churches are still re-gathering after the pandemic. A number of our churches engaged in discernment around disaffiliation from the denomination; we will act on these decisions on May 6. And yet the faithfulness of laity who love their churches and the commitment of clergy to their callings is inspiring. As we live in 'the great 50 days', we claim the presence of the Risen Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit, even and especially in these transitions."
Let us lift these clergy, their families and the local churches in prayer, in the hope that we will all more fully participate in our mission— “to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world” (Book of Discipline, ¶ 120).
2023-2024 PROJECTED LOCAL CHURCH APPOINTMENT LIST