Bishop announces Cabinet transitions


Bishop Hope Morgan Ward announced March 31 that Giles Lindley will be appointed superintendent of the East Jackson District and Steve Casteel will become director of Connectional Ministries.

Lindley is serving as senior pastor of First United Methodist Church in New Albany, and Casteel is currently senior pastor of St. Matthew's UMC in Madison.

The bishop previously announced other Cabinet appointment changes. Jerry Beam, currently serving the Seashore District, will be appointed the district superintendent of the New Albany District. New Albany District Superintendent Bert Felder has submitted his request for the retired relationship, effective at the 2006 Annual Conference.

David Price, serving as interim co-district superintendent of the Seashore District for six months, will return as Hattiesburg District superintendent May 1. Hank Winstead is serving November through April as interim Hattiesburg District superintendent.

Bill McAlilly, pastor of First UMC in Tupelo, will be appointed the district superintendent of the Seashore District. Chris Cumbest, director of Church Recovery, will continue in this role as a part of the leadership team for the Seashore District.

Andy Ray, current Meridian superintendent, will be appointed pastor of First UMC, Tupelo, and Timothy Thompson will become superintendent of the Meridian District. Thompson is now serving St. Paul and Haven Chapel UMCs in Meridian.

"Thank you for your prayers as we move foward together through these transitions in leadership," said Ward.

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