Indiana Area Bishop Michael J. Coyner has announced the appointment of the Rev. Michael Biggs, United Methodist Superintendent of the New Albany District since 2002, to the position of senior pastor at the 740-member Chapel Hill United Methodist Church on North Girls School Road on Indianapolis' Westside effective Dec. 1

The announcement of the move was made the first week in October to churches in the New Albany District. Members of the Chapel Hill UMC were informed of the move Sunday, Sept. 30.

Coyner has appointed current Chapel Hill Senior Pastor Jeffrie V. Zirkle to renewal leave effective the first week of October and pending a further appointment. He has been senior pastor at Chapel Hill since 2001. Associate Pastor Esther Wilson will remain on staff at Chapel Hill.

Mid-year moves are not uncommon for District Superintendents. Biggs' tenure as superintendent in New Albany would have come to a close next year.

In leaving the New Albany District, Biggs told Together, "I am thankful to the people of New Albany District and have appreciated working with them in team ministry leading people to the Kingdom. During my bout with cancer, they were very supportive of me and my wife Ruthie. We were overwhelmed with their acts of care, kindness and concern."