Winn, Naglee appointed district superintendents by Bishop Watson
By GLENN HANNIGAN
Bishop Mike Watson has announced some key appointments for the upcoming conference year, including the naming of two new district superintendents.
Richard Winn, who is currently serving as senior pastor of Ben Hill UMC, has been named superintendent of the Griffin District. David Naglee, who is currently serving as senior pastor of Decatur First UMC, has been named superintendent of the Rome-Carrollton District.
“I am very grateful for this appointment,” said Winn, who is completing his seventh year at Ben Hill. “I enter into it with a sense of wonder and expectation. To be able to serve and share with Bishop Watson is the greatest opportunity in ministry that I have had in my life.”
Naglee, who is completing his 10th year at Decatur First, says he was “very honored and humbled” by his appointment to the Rome-Carrollton District. It will be his second opportunity to serve as a district superintendent. Before being appointed to Decatur First, Naglee spent three years as superintendent of the LaGrange District.
“I have a better idea of what to expect this time,” Naglee said. “But I also know a lot has changed in the past 10 years.”
Dan Brown, currently serving as superintendent of the Griffin District, will move to the Atlanta Roswell District to replace Ed Tomlinson, who is retiring.
In other appointments announced by the bishop:
• Phil Schroeder, associate director / church consultant in the Office of Connectional Ministries, will assume additional responsibilities involving new and existing congregational development.
• Alice Rogers, currently serving as director of the Teaching Parish Program and director of the Contextual Education II program at Candler, will return to the local church as pastor of Glenn Memorial UMC in Atlanta.
• Davis Chappell will transfer to the Tennessee Conference where he will serve Brentwood UMC in Nashville
• Kay Pendleton will transfer to the South Georgia Conference where she will serve St. Mary's Road UMC in Columbus.
“I am going to miss Ben Hill,” said Winn, a three-time cancer survivor. “It is a wonderful place. But I am grateful to be a United Methodist preacher and to go where I am sent. I am looking forward to being in a different church each week and listening to different preachers. I want to be a friend, mentor, partner and missional strategist with the pastors in the Griffin District. I will make every effort to meet people where they are and to support them in every way I can.”
“I am working to be prepared for this new challenge,” Naglee said. “It is an important time in the history of the church. Some people like to focus inwardly during challenging times but we need to keep our focus outward.
“I fully support the bishop’s Bridges initiative and getting the church engaged in missions, both locally and internationally. The more we are engaged outwardly the more we will grow. I am grateful to have a part in this effort and for the confidence the bishop has shown in me.”
These are among the appointments that will become effective July 1.