INDIANAPOLIS – The Rev. Bert Kite, superintendent of the Central District of The United Methodist Church recently named new Assistants to the District Superintendent for the greater-Indianapolis district.

The three clergy are part of a new plan to effectively serve the Central District with a leadership team. They serve as volunteers to ensure the needs of the various segments of the district receive proper care. Those named as part-time Assistants to the District Superintendent include: the Rev. Dr. Ann Glass, former superintendent of the Indianapolis East District; the Rev. Dr. Joe Bottorff, pastor of Smith Valley UMC in Greenwood; and the Rev. Darren Cushman-Wood, senior pastor of Speedway UMC.

Kite has assigned these assistants to various responsibilities in central Indiana.

  • Glass will relate to the nearly 50 candidates for ordained ministry of the district, as well as assist Local Pastors.
  • Bottorff will relate to 40 ministers who serve in extension ministries beyond congregations within the boundaries of the district.
  • Cushman-Wood will work with Indianapolis’ center city churches, including those in Center Township.

Kite said, “each of these immensely gifted and dedicated people bring a wealth of experiences and passion to furthering the mission of’ making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.’ I’m excited to see what God will do through each of their ministries and through the team’s work together.”

Late last year, Bishop Mike Coyner appointed the Rev. Ida Easley, former superintendent of the Rushville District as Associate District Superintendent for both the Central and North Central districts. In the Central District, she will assist churches and clusters in Hancock, Shelby and Johnson Counties, as well as work with congregations experiencing difficulties in the district.

Rounding out the Central District team is Robin Brown, who serves as Central District Assistant.