The Rev. Dr. Gray Southern, currently serving as district superintendent of the Corridor District, has been appointed as senior pastor of Apex United Methodist Church in the Fairway District, Bishop Alfred Wesley Gwinn, Jr. has announced on July 31.
“Apex is leading the way in ‘cutting edge’ ministry,” Bishop Gwinn said. “A gifted leader is needed at Apex and Gray’s skill sets and his gifts enable him to be the person to lead this congregation into an exciting future.” The appointment is effective Sept. 1.
Three other appointments related to the new appointment of Rev. Southern to Apex were also announced.
The Rev. Donna Banks will move from the Heritage District to the Corridor District where Southern was previously assigned.
The Rev. Randy Innes, pastor of Pine Valley UMC in Wilmington, will become the Heritage District superintendent. Both appointments are effective Aug. 1.
Moving to Pine Valley as senior pastor will be the Rev. Dr. Tim Reaves who is in his 16th year as pastor of the Bladen Charge (Bethlehem, Live Oak, and Winsor Churches). During his tenure there, average worship attendance has more than tripled. Staff has increased, including a full-time secretary and a part-time associate. The charge has become known for its teaching in small church revitalization. Both charges, Pine Valley and Bladen, are in the Harbor District.
Several other appointment changes will be announced at a later date.