Brian WhiteINDIANAPOLIS – Indiana United Methodist Bishop Mike Coyner announced today the appointment of Southeast District Superintendent Brian White to lead pastor of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Carmel, Ind., effective July 1. St. Mark’s current lead pastor, the Rev. Bill Keith, will be retiring July 1.

Coyner has not yet announced the appointment of an incoming superintendent to the Southeast District based in Columbus and member of the Cabinet of ten District Superintendents in Indiana.

Upon White’s appointment, Coyner commented, “The Cabinet and I are reluctant to lose the Rev. Brian White from the Cabinet, but among a long list of clergy we considered to appoint to Carmel St. Mark’s to follow the retirement of the Rev. William Keith, Brian was clearly the one who best matched the profile of that church’s needs. St. Mark’s Staff-Parish Relations Committee agree wholeheartedly to his appointment when they met Brian and his wife Michelle, so Brian will move into that new appointment as of July 1, having completed six years on the Cabinet. Meanwhile I am working with the various leaders of the Southeast District to discern the right person to appoint as their new District Superintendent.”