New Bishop Appointment Announced


Bishop Larry Goodpaster assigned to the Western NC Conferenceof The UMC

Bishop Larry M. Goodpaster is the new bishop for the Western N.C. of The United Methodist Church. The assignment was announced Friday evening at the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference meeting this week at Lake Junaluska, N.C. He will succeed Bishop J. Lawrence McCleskey who retires Aug. 31.

Elected to the Episcopacy in 2000, Goodpaster has served for the past eight years as the Episcopal leader of the Alabama-West Florida Conference. Prior to his election, he served as a pastor and district superintendent in the Mississippi Conference. His pastoral experience includes a five-church rural charge, a new congregation and several larger membership churches. He has taught in a variety of settings and published in various denominational publications. His latest book, “There’s Power in the Connection: Building a Network of Dynamic Congregations” was published earlier this year by Abingdon Press.

In April, Goodpaster was elected to a two-year term as president of The United Methodist Church’s Council of Bishops, which includes United Methodist bishops from around the world. He will take office in 2010. These duties are in addition to those as Episcopal leader in the Western N.C. Conference.

Goodpaster, 60, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Millsaps College, Jackson, Miss. and Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Candler School of Theology, Atlanta, Ga. He received honorary degrees (Doctor of Divinty) from Birmingham-Southern College, Birmingham, Ala. and Huntingdon College, Montgomery, Ala. He is married to the former Deborah Cox. They have two daughters and two grandchildren.
More information on Bishop Goodpaster may be found at the Bishop’s Page on the Alabama-West Florida Conference Web site: <>

Southeastern Jurisdiction Episcopal Assignments 2008-2012
Alabama – West Florida: Paul Leeland
Florida – Timothy W. Whitaker
Holston – James Swanson
Louisville Area (Kentucky and Red Bird) – G. Lindsey Davis, Jr.
Nashville Area (Memphis and Tennessee) – Richard “Dick” Wills, Jr.
Mississippi – Hope Morgan Ward
North Alabama – William “Will” Willimon
North Carolina – Alfred “Al” Gwinn
North Georgia – B. Michael Watson
South Carolina – Mary Virginia “Dindy” Taylor
South Georgia – James R. King, Jr.
Virginia – Charlene Payne Kammerer
Western NC – Larry M. Goodpaster


3 thoughts on “New Bishop Appointment Announced

  1. Thank you for the certified pre-owned bishop. I have heard that he cleared at the 120 point inspection. Henry-how many people made fun of his name in AWFC? I know my congregation won’t believe me when I tell them tomorrow. I KNOW this will be the first time in his life he has had to deal with that!


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