Michelle Cobb 


INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana Bishop Mike Coyner recently named current Superintendent of the Calumet District, the Rev. Michelle Cobb, to be the first Director of the Well-Lived Pastoral Life Project, funded by a Lilly Endowment grant received by the Indiana Area. THe project will work under the direction of the Rev. David V.W. Owen in Bishop Coyner's office, beginning July 1. (See Together, Jan. 2009 issue for more information about this new program.)

Cobb was ordained an Elder in the North Indiana Conference in 1995. She has served churches in Gary (Marquette Park) and Merrillville. Previous to her current appointment as Superintendent of the Calumet District in 2007, she served as Superintendent of the Lafayette District beginning in 2001.

 Bert Kite


Coyner named the Rev. Marion "Bert" Kite II, senior pastor of St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Carmel, Ind., as the new Superintendent of the Indianapolis West District for 2009 and then to become the superintendent of the new Central District in 2010. This is the first appointment of a district superintendent in the new Indiana Conference. Kite was ordained an Elder in the South Indiana Conference in 1978 and has served churches in Marion, Ohio, and in Indiana at Epworth, Sellersburg, Southport and Lawrence before being appointed to St. Mark's in 2002.

Bill Keith 


The Rev. Dr. Ned Steele, current Superintendent of Indianapolis West District, will receive another appointment later this spring.

Coyner named the current Indianapolis East District Superintendent, the Rev. James W. "Bill" Keith, Jr., to be the senior pastor of St. Mark's UMC in Carmel. Keith was appointed Superintendent of the Indianapolis East District in 2002. He was ordained an Elder in 1977 in the South Indiana Conference and has served churches in Hamlet, Petersville, Corydon, New Albany (DePauw Memorial), Columbus (Sandy Hook) and Bloomington (St. Mark's).

 Gary Schaar


Coyner also named the Rev. Dr. Gary M. Schaar, associate director of congregational development in the former South Indiana Conference to senior pastor of First UMC in Columbus. He was ordained an Elder in the South Indiana Conference in 1982 and has served churches in Mt. Vernon (First), Cloverdale, Paoli and Evansville (Old North) before his current 2001 appointment as an associate council director.

All these appointments are effective July 1.  Other appointments are listed. See new districts list.