Bishop Leeland announces District Superintendent changes

March 11, 2018

Bishop Paul L. Leeland and the Western North Carolina appointive cabinet announce the retirements of two current District Superintendents.  Rev. Dr. Nancy Rankin and Rev. Mark Andrews will officially retire at the upcoming Annual Conference at Lake Junaluska, June 22-24, 2018.

Nancy Rankin is currently serving the Northern Piedmont District, where she has been since 2012.  Her previous appointments include: Mt. Tabor, Winston-Salem, associate (1984-1987); Oak Grove, Charlotte (1991-1996); Statesville District Superintendent (1996-2001); University City, Charlotte (2001-2004); Conference Director, Congregational Development (2004-2008); Blair Road, Mint Hill (2008-2011); and served as a District Superintendent in the former Greensboro District (2011-2012), completing her work in the Northern Piedmont District.

She offered this announcement to her district on February 28, 2018: News from REVDRNANA.

Mark Andrews is currently serving the Metro District, where he has been since 2016.  His previous appointments include: Oak Hill, Candler (1986-1992); Dilworth, Charlotte, associate (1992-1994); Bethlehem, Climax (1994-2001); First, Belmont (2001-2011); St. Luke’s, Hickory (2011-2016).

He shared this announcement with his district on March 5, 2018: Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now.

New Appointments

Bishop Leeland and the cabinet announce new appointments that will be effective July 1, 2018.  These persons will observe and participate in the cabinet’s appointment making sessions this spring while they are serving their last months in their current appointments:

Beverly Coppley, currently serving at Ardmore United Methodist Church, Winston-Salem, NC in the Yadkin Valley District will be appointed to the Northern Piedmont District.

She is a graduate of Wake Forest University (B.A., 1988) and Garret-Evangelical (M.T.S., 1991).
She served Broad Street, Statesville, associate (1998-2001); Chapel Hill, Statesville (2001-2003); University City, Charlotte, associate (2003-2007); First UMC, Landis, (2007-2012), Maple Springs, Winston-Salem, associate (2012-2016), and has been at Ardmore since 2016.

Bev currently serves on the Board of Ordained Ministry and previously served on the Annual Conference Worship Committee.  She is endorsed by the UMC as a Transitional Interim Ministry Specialist and is a participant in The Royce and Jane Reynolds Leadership Academy for Evangelism and Discipleship.

Bev is married to Jeff Coppley who is serving Maple Springs UMC in Winston-Salem. They have two children: Ellen (24) and Thomas (20).

David Hockett, currently serving at Boone United Methodist Church in the Appalachian District will be appointed to the Metro District.

He is a graduate of North Carolina State University (B.A, 1991) and Duke University (M.Div., 1994).

He served Haw River (1992-1994); Christ in Greensboro as an associate (1994-1998) and St. Timothy in Greensboro (1998-2003); Milford Hills, Salisbury (2003-2009), Forest Hill in Concord (2009-2015), and has been at Boone since 2015.

Chair of the Order of Elders for the 2012-2016 quadrennium, David currently serves on the Leadership Development Team.  He has training in family systems theory and conflict resolution and like Bev, is a participating in The Royce and Jane Reynolds Leadership Academy for Evangelism and Discipleship.

David is married to Kim Hockett who works for Novant Health as an IT analyst.  They have three children: Salem (22), Abbey (21) and Eli (16).

Bishop Leeland expressed sincere gratitude for the service and ministry of Nancy Rankin and Mark Andrews, noting “their experience and love for the Church offered wisdom and encouragement. Nancy and Mark’s contributions will be missed as we continue to focus on fruitful congregations and effective leaders.”  

He also expressed hope for the Western North Carolina Conference when he acknowledged “Bev Coppley and David Hockett will continue to offer their energies toward the mission and vision of the church, continuing to assist us in leadership development and vibrant ministries within our local churches.”