Bishop announces appointment of Rev. David Thompson as Coastal District Superintendent


Bishop Lawson Bryan announces the projected appointment of one new District Superintendent to the Cabinet, effective June 2018.

Rev. David W. Thompson, currently serving as the senior pastor of Cordele First United Methodist Church, will be appointed to serve as superintendent of the Coastal District. He succeeds Dr. Wayne Moseley, who will retire at the 2018 Annual Conference session.

“David is an effective, fruitful pastor who uses his mission-field experience in Latin America to strengthen the local church and its outreach to the community,” said Bishop Bryan. “David has demonstrated excellent skills as the leader of a church staff of twenty-two persons. He is a good listener, a non-anxious presence, and a strong preacher.”  

Over the past seven years, worship attendance at Cordele First UMC has grown by thirty-three percent. During Rev. Thompson’s tenure as pastor at Colquitt First UMC, the church experienced a worship attendance increase of thirty-five percent.

“Wherever he has served, David has broken new ground in order to expand the work of Christ in the world,” said Bishop Bryan. “David’s missionary zeal and pastoral expertise will bless our conference greatly through his leadership on the South Georgia Cabinet and in the Coastal District.”

Prior to serving at Cordele First UMC, Rev. Thompson served at Colquitt UMC, as a missionary in Latin America, and as associate pastor at Americus First UMC.

“I am honored and humbled to be asked to serve the people of the Coastal District,” said Rev. Thompson. “I love the Church, and I’m excited for the opportunity to help our congregations grow the Kingdom of God. What a blessing it is to be able to work together to reach others with the love of Jesus Christ.”

The other five district superintendents currently serving will be reappointed to serve in their respective districts.

Dr. Rick Lanford will continue as the North Central Superintendent; Rev. Chris Ramsey will continue to serve as the Northeast District Superintendent; Dr. Buddy Cooper will continue serving as the Northwest District Superintendent; Rev. Henry Bass will continue to serve as the South Central District Superintendent; and Dr. Nita Crump will continue serving as the Southwest District Superintendent.

“As Dr. Wayne Moseley announces his retirement, I want to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for Wayne and Sharon and for the friendship and support they have given me and Sherrill,” said Bishop Bryan. “For 42 years Dr. Moseley has fulfilled his commitment to go where he was sent and to be a faithful shepherd of the flock of Christ. Wayne has excelled in his pastoral roles because of his devotion to Christ, his desire to grow the kingdom of God, his attention to churches and pastors, and his knack for finding places where new or revitalized churches are needed.”   

Bishop Bryan and the Appointive Cabinet continue their work to prayerfully discern the pastoral appointment changes. They will meet nearly weekly through April to make decisions and to prayerfully seek God’s guidance. Throughout the process, District Superintendents will continue to be in conversation with congregations and clergy as needed.

“Thank you for your prayers for me and for the Cabinet as we fulfill our responsibilities in the appointment-making process,” Bishop Bryan said. “Our goal is to seek appointments that best enable our local churches and our clergy to be Alive Together in Christ.”

As they were last year, appointments will be released at the same time, to local churches on April 29 and to the public, via the Conference website.

All appointments are considered firm projections pending the official announcement at the conclusion of the Annual Conference session on June 5, on Jekyll Island.