The Edmond Sun

June 10, 2010

New pastors assigned to United Methodist churches locally


The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — This month, several United Methodist churches in Edmond will welcome new pastoral leadership.

At First United Methodist Church, the Rev. Bertha “Bert” Potts will be the new senior pastor. She has been the superintendent of the Stillwater District of The United Methodist Church, with oversight responsibilities for about 40 churches in that region of the state.

Joining Potts at First Church will be two new associate pastors, the Revs. Tara and Robert Foos.  

The current senior pastor at First Church, the Rev. Danny Moss, is retiring after more than 40 years in career ministry.

At Acts 2 UMC, the Rev. Adam Ricks will begin serving as a church planter. The Rev. Mark Foster continues as senior pastor at Acts 2.

Near Edmond and within Oklahoma City limits, Quail Springs UMC is welcoming the Rev. David Clewell. And as a new associate pastor, the Rev. Robyn Goggs will join the staff at Church of the Servant.

New clergy appointments for the 2010-11 church year were announced June 2 by Bishop Robert E. Hayes Jr., in Tulsa, during the annual statewide meeting of Oklahoma Conference United Methodists.

On May 30-June 2, business sessions and worship services were at Boston Avenue United Methodist Church in Tulsa. Delegates from about 540 Oklahoma churches took part in worship and business sessions that filled the days and evenings. Highlights included:

• Updates about CrossTimbers United Methodist Church in Moore, which marked its first birthday, and about planting two new congregations in Edmond.

• Sacred rituals welcomed 25 clergywomen and men in ministry.

• Plans were announced for the upcoming summer youth camping season, at three United Methodist campsites in the state; and for Project Transformation, an eight-week summertime literacy day camp that serves about 500 elementary-school children, at churches in Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Bartlesville.

• Reports included the news that Oklahoma Conference United Methodists had donated about $613,500, as of May 1, for relief and recovery work in Haiti through United Methodist Committee on Relief, the humanitarian aid agency of the denomination that operates worldwide. Also, during the meeting in Tulsa, thousands of supply kits were collected for UMCOR distribution to the earthquake victims.

• During the meeting, special offerings were received for “Imagine No Malaria,” a denomination-wide campaign to eradicate that disease in Africa; and for Cookson Hills Center, a United Methodist mission that primarily serves rural Native American residents in eastern Oklahoma.

The complete list of Oklahoma Conference clergy appointments is available online at: www.okumc.org.