INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana United Methodist Bishop Mike Coyner announced March 4 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 also announced March 11 the appointment of the Rev. Beverly Perry, pastor of the Edwardsville United Methodist Church to serve as the Superintendent of the Southeast District based in Columbus, following the Rev. Brian White effective July 1.
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… so Brian will move into that new appointment as of July 1, having completed six years on the Cabinet.”
Perry was ordained an Elder in 1985, however she began her ministry a few years earlier as the Director of Education and Youth Ministry at Trinity UMC in New Albany. She served pastoral appointments at Meadowdale UMC in Indianapolis and as an associate pastor in New Palestine before her appointment to Edwardsville in 2004.
Upon Perry’s appointment, Coyner commented, “I am pleased Bev has agreed to serve as the new Superintendent of the Southeast District. She brings a wealth of experience, particularly in the southern part of the state, and she was highly recommended to me by the other members of the current Cabinet.
“This makes three new district superintendents this year including the Rev. Larry Whitehead to the North District, the Rev. Chris Newman-Jacobs to Northwest District, and now Bev to Southeast District, which is a lot of changes in the Cabinet in one year. I am pleased to continue the high quality of pastors who serve up to eight years as District Superintendents and members of the Cabinet team.”
Perry grew up in rural central Illinois, received a B.A. degree in Religion at Greenville College, and went on to earn a M.Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary. She has been married to her husband, Paul, for 31 years. Paul is an Elder in the Indiana Conference on disability leave. They have four children: Marcus of Greensboro, N.C., Bethany (married to Jeremy Kuenzi) of Avon, Ind., Brandon of Chicago, Ill., and Kristen who resides in Georgetown, Ind.; and two grandchildren: Kaelyn and Luke. Her mother, Phyllis Ulrich, resides with Bev and Paul. Bev Perry said her favorite pastime has always been “making home” and gathering the family.
Upon Coyner’s announcement, Bev Perry said, “I have always enjoyed the work of being a pastor and I now look forward to serving the churches and pastors of the Southeast District. The variety and vitality of United Methodist churches and their leaders blesses me, so getting acquainted will be a pleasure and joining with them in mission and ministry will be a privilege.” She will experience that variety and vitality when she begins her appointment July 1.