Bishop Hee-Soo Jung today announced his new Assistant to the Bishop and the District Superintendents (DS) for the five new Districts within the Wisconsin Conference of The United Methodist Church. All of these appointment changes are effective July 1, 2015.

Rev. Dan Dick, currently serving as Director of Connectional Ministries, will be appointed as Assistant to the Bishop. The five District Superintendents will be Rev. Kate Croskery Jones in the North West District, currently pastor at New London; Rev. Forrest Wells in the North Central District, currently lead pastor at Janesville Cargill; Rev. Sue D'Alessio in the North East District, currently serving as DS in the Nicolet and Winnebago Districts; Rev. Deborah Thompson in the South East District, currently serving as DS in the Metro Districts; and Rev. Scott Carlson in the South West District, currently lead pastor at Sun Prairie.

In addition, he announced that, with the consent of the Conference Personnel Committee, Rev. Sam Royappa will be appointed as the Director of Connectional Ministries. Sam has served as DS in the Capital and Coulee Districts for the last eight years.

In making the announcement, Bishop Jung shared that he is very much looking forward to working with the current and new Cabinet during this important transition time and in the ongoing work of implementing the "Imagine Wisconsin Anew" plan for new congregation initiatives and revitalizing existing Wisconsin congregations. Bishop Jung said, "The addition of a District Superintendent and the configuration of the five new districts will improve our ability to connect with each other to build vital outreach to the people of Wisconsin. This team will provide both ongoing and new leadership to help guide our Conference into the future."

Rev. Ann Spindt Henschel, Heartland and Chippewa District Superintendent, will be leaving the Cabinet after seven years of service effective July 1 to take a family leave. Rev. Steve Polster, currently serving as Assistant to the Bishop, will retire July 1.

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Grace and Peace,

Hee-Soo Jung, PhD
Bishop