INDIANAPOLIS – Bishop Mike Coyner has announced the appointment of the Rev. Darren Cushman Wood as a part-time Associate District Superintendent of the Central District effective July 1.

His efforts will be directed at assisting, mentoring and supervising churches in the central part of Indianapolis. According to Central District Superintendent M. Bert Kite, “Darren brings a wealth of skills and resources to this work of caring for, and assisting with, the leadership of churches in downtown Indianapolis.

“His passion for urban communities and congregations is well known, and I am delighted he will be offering some much-needed assistance to 16 congregations, most of whom are located in Indianapolis’ Center Township.”

These churches include: Barnes, Broadway, Calvary, East Tenth, Forest Manor, Lockerbie Central, Morris Street, North, Otterbein, Roberts Park, Scott, St. Andrew, St. Paul & Brightwood, Vida Nueva, Wesley and Woodside.

In addition to his duties as part-time Associate District Superintendent, Cushman Wood continues as senior pastor of Speedway UMC, where he has effectively served since 2001.

The Rev. Bob Coleman, current Central District Associate Superintendent, will continue his part-time district position as he retires from Grace UMC in Franklin.