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News from the Virginia Conference - Feb. 17, 2014



Joyner, Snead named new district superintendents
Bishop Young Jin Cho announced today that, effective July 1, the Rev. Alex Joyner, currently serving as pastor of Franktown UMC on the Eastern Shore District, will be the Eastern Shore District superintendent, and the Rev. Wayne Snead, current pastor of Galilee UMC in Sterling on the Arlington District, will be the Elizabeth River District superintendent.
      "These pastors have demonstrated effective and faithful ministries for many years," Bishop Cho said, "and I discerned that they have gifts and graces to serve their respective districts as mission strategists. They know the districts and love those areas. My prayer is that these appointments will be a blessing to the churches on those districts, the Virginia Conference and their families."
      Bishop Cho also expressed gratitude to the Rev. Tammy Estep, current Eastern Shore District superintendent, and the Rev. Brad Philips, Elizabeth River District superintendent, who will return to local churches this year. "Their service and ministries have made a great contribution for us," Bishop Cho said, "enabling us to move toward a better future for our conference." More ...


McNabb named director of Center for Clergy Excellence
The Rev. Meredith L. McNabb, who now serves as associate pastor at Grace UMC, Manassas, in the Alexandria District, has been appointed director of the Center for Clergy Excellence, effective July 1.
      "Rev. McNabb is not new to the work of the Center for Clergy Excellence," Bishop Young Jin Cho said in making the announcement. "She currently serves as the secretary of the Board of Ordained Ministry, and her leadership has been well recognized by her church and many colleagues.  It was with great joy and expectation that the ad-hoc search committee reached consensus in selecting her as the new director of the Center for Clergy Excellence."
      McNabb will fill the position now held by the Rev. Beth Downs who will retire at the end of June. "For the Rev. Beth Downs’ 16 years of very effective ministry in this area, we cannot thank her enough," Bishop Cho said. "May the Lord continue to bless this new chapter of her journey." More ...

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