INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana United Methodist Bishop Mike Coyner announces the appointment of the Rev. Beverly Perry, pastor of the Edwardsville United Methodist Church to serve as the Superintendent of the Southeast District based in Columbus, following the Rev. Brian White and effective July 1.
Perry began her ministry as the Director of Education and Youth Ministry at Trinity UMC in New Albany in 1982 and was ordained an Elder in 1985. Since then she has served pastoral appointments at Meadowdale UMC in Indianapolis and as an associate pastor in New Palestine before being appointed to Edwardsville in 2004 where she currently serves.
Upon this announcement, Coyner said, “I am pleased that Bev has agreed to serve as the new Superintendent of the Southeast District. She brings a wealth of experience, particularly in the southern part of the state, and she was highly recommended to me by the other members of the current Cabinet. This makes three new district superintendents this year including the Rev. Larry Whitehead to the North District, the Rev. Chris Newman-Jacobs to Northwest District, and now Bev to Southeast District, which is a lot of changes in the Cabinet in one year. I am pleased to continue the high quality of pastors who serve up to eight years as District Superintendents and members of the Cabinet team.”
Perry grew up in rural central Illinois, received a B.A. degree in Religion at Greenville College, and went on to earn a M.Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary. She has been married to her husband, Paul, for 31 years. Paul is an Elder in the Indiana Conference on disability leave. They have four children: Marcus of Greensboro, N.C., Bethany (married to Jeremy Kuenzi) of Avon, Ind., Brandon of Chicago, Ill., and Kristen who resides in Georgetown, Ind.; and two grandchildren: Kaelyn and Luke. Her mother, Phyllis Ulrich, resides with Bev and Paul. Perry said her favorite pastime has always been “making home” and gathering the family.
Upon Coyner’s announcement, Bev Perry said, “I have always enjoyed the work of being a pastor and I now look forward to serving the churches and pastors of the Southeast District. The variety and vitality of United Methodist churches and their leaders blesses me, so getting acquainted will be a pleasure and joining with them in mission and ministry will be a privilege.” She will experience that variety and vitality when she begins her appointment on July 1.