Bishop Lawson Bryan has announced the projected appointment of Rev. Jimmy Cason as the Northeast District Superintendent, effective June 2021.
Rev. Jimmy Cason, who retired at the 2020 Annual Conference session, will succeed Rev. Chris Ramsey, whose new appointment will be announced when local church appointments are released. In June, Rev. Ramsey will have served his full eight years as a District Superintendent.
Prior to retiring in 2020, Rev. Cason served 11 years as senior pastor of Statesboro First United Methodist Church. From 2002 to 2009 he served as superintendent of the Statesboro District. He has also pastored congregations in Vidette, Savannah, Lizella, Leesburg, and Sandersville. Rev. Cason’s appointment will be a one-year, interim appointment.
“Our goal was to appoint someone who has the background and experience to understand the needs of the district, a proven ability to be a good shepherd to local churches, and the spiritual maturity to provide non-anxious leadership over the next conference year,” Bishop Bryan said. “I am grateful to Rev. Cason and for his willingness to respond to my request that he serve in this role for the next year, and I am glad the Cabinet will have the benefit of his experience and steady leadership over the next conference year.”
Since retiring last year, Rev. Cason and his wife, Susan, have continued to live in Statesboro. Rev. Cason currently serves as the chairman of the Conference Committee on Episcopacy and on the Board of Ordained Ministry.
“While I was stunned by the Bishop’s invitation to serve on the Cabinet, I also feel a sense of joyous anticipation to be able to renew relationships,” Rev. Cason said. “I look forward to being present with people and offering encouragement as we do ministry together during this pandemic and time of uncertainty in our church.”
The other five district superintendents currently serving will be reappointed to serve in their respective districts. Rev. David Thompson will continue as the Coastal District Superintendent; Rev. Craig Hutto will continue to serve as the North Central District Superintendent; Rev. Steve Patton will continue serving as the Northwest District Superintendent; Rev. Paula Lewis will continue to serve as the South Central District Superintendent; and Rev. Doreen Smalls will continue serving as the Southwest District Superintendent.
“As Chris completes his eight years on the Cabinet, I want to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for his commitment to the Northeast District and our conference,” Bishop Bryan said.
Bishop Bryan and the Appointive Cabinet continue their work to prayerfully discern the pastoral appointment changes. They will meet nearly weekly through mid-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.
The Bishop and Cabinet have set April 18 as the day appointments will be announced in local churches and placed on the Conference website.
“I ask for your continued prayers for our Cabinet, for every local church, and for every pastor, for we all want to be alive together in ministry,” Bishop Bryan said. “We want the appointment-making process to be a part of that which looks for liveliness and energy and to prosper what God is doing in our lives.”
All appointments are considered firm projections pending the official announcement at the conclusion of the virtual one-day Annual Conference session on June 7.
Click here to read a word from the Bishop about the 2021 appointment making process.