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News from the Virginia Conference - Feb. 8, 2016

Scott Davis named new Lynchburg District superintendent
Bishop Young Jin Cho announced today that he is appointing the Rev. Scott Davis, senior pastor of Aldersgate UMC in the Charlottesville District, to be Lynchburg District superintendent, effective July 1. He will replace the Rev. Larry Davies who will leave the Cabinet after serving as Lynchburg DS since 2008.
     "I have discerned that the Rev. Scott Davis, senior pastor of Aldersgate UMC in the Charlottesville District, has the gifts and graces needed to serve the Lynchburg District," Bishop Cho said. "Scott has demonstrated effective and faithful ministry in each of his appointments and has a strong commitment to his spiritual disciplines. He has the gift of bringing out the best in people and possesses a compassionate heart. Scott is also a life-time learner and knows how to manage change. I pray that this new appointment will be a blessing to the churches on the Lynchburg District and to the entire Virginia Annual Conference. Your prayers for a smooth transition for Scott, his family and Aldersgate UMC will be deeply appreciated."
     Bishop Cho also offered praise for Davies and his service on the Cabinet.
     "His love for both clergy and laity and his positive attitude and leadership skills have been great assets to the churches on the Lynchburg District, Cabinet and our Annual Conference," Bishop Cho said. "Additionally, he has provided exemplary leadership as chair of the steering committee for our All Things New-Equipping Vital Congregations program. May the Lord continue to bless Larry and his family as he returns to his beloved parish ministry."

Tom Berlin, Ted Smith endorsed as candidates for bishop
Two clergy members of the Virginia Conference – Tom Berlin and Ted Smith – have been endorsed as candidates for bishop. Virginia Conference delegates to General and Jurisdictional Conferences voted to endorse Berlin, senior pastor of Floris UMC in Herndon, as a candidate for bishop during a delegation meeting on Saturday, Feb. 6. Members of the Virginia Conference chapter of Black Methodists for Church Renewal (BMCR) had voted the previous week to endorse Smith, Fredericksburg District superintendent. More ...

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