INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Bishop Mike Coyner announced Oct. 4, the appointment of the Rev. Glenn B. Howell, superintendent of the Southwest District to Zionsville United Methodist Church in the North Central District effective Feb. 1, 2011.

Upon his appointment, Coyner said, “Glenn has been an effective pastor and District Superintendent. While I am sorry to lose his leadership from the Cabinet, I know he will provide excellent leadership for the Zionsville church which is one of our largest congregations and which is strategically located for growth. I wish Glenn and his family well as they go through this time of transition. I will be working with the Cabinet and with Southwest District leaders to name a new superintendent in the near future.”

Howell, 54, was ordained an Elder in the former South Indiana Conference in 1986. He served the Gosport/Shiloh-Wesley/Millgrove churches in the Bloomington District as a student, the Dana-Bono churches in the Terre Haute District, and Turning Pointe UMC located on Evansville’s west side before being appointed superintendent of the former Evansville District in 2006 and the new Southwest District in the new Indiana Conference in 2009.

He is married to Donna Howell, who works for German American Bank in Evansville.

Howell, a native of Michigan, moved to Indiana when he was boy. His father, the late Rev. Morris Howell, was a pastor in Michigan who transferred to the former North Indiana Conference. Glenn Howell graduated from Rochester (Ind.) High School. He also graduated from the University of Indianapolis and Christian Theological Seminary.

The position of senior pastor at Zionsville was left vacant when the Rev. John Wantz was granted a leave of absence on Aug. 1. He had served the congregation since Oct. 1, 2008.