By Woody Woodrick
The Rev. Johnny Crosby admits he’s a bit anxious about his new appointment.
“Part of me is excited about being in ministry in this capacity, but I’m also partly overwhelmed by the responsibility the church is placing on me,” he said.
Crosby has been appointed by Bishop Hope Morgan Ward as superintendent of the Brookhaven District of the Mississippi Conference. Crosby’s appointment was announced just in time for him to join the other superintendents in making appointments for the 2009-10 church year.
“Johnny Crosby brings strong leadership to the Brookhaven District, including effective service in rural congregations, deep commitment to Camp Wesley Pines and pastoral experience in three appointments in the district,” Ward said.
Crosby follows the Rev. Phillip Heidelberg, who has served the Brookhaven District since 2004.
“I think one of the roles of a district superintendent, and one of my strengths, is being able to relate to clergy and churches,” Crosby said, “to be a good listener and be in response to the needs of the church and clergy.”
Crosby, 53, has served at Decatur UMC and as Wesley Foundation director at East Mississippi Community College since 2003. He and his wife Connie Joan have also served appointments at Ovett Charge, Williamsburg Charge, Pleasant Hill-Salem, Vancleave, Gloster, Brookhaven Jackson Street and Meadville. He is a graduate of Asbury Seminary in Kentucky.
He said he sees his previous appointments in the Brookhaven District as a positive. “I think it will make the transition into the area easier for me because I know where so many of the churches are.”
Crosby is the third new member of the Cabinet announced this year, joining the Rev. Henderson Rasberry, who will serve the West Jackson District, and the Rev. Geoffrey Joyner, who will serve the Tupelo District.