Bishop announces projected superintendents for Kingsport, Cleveland

Bishop announces projected superintendents for Kingsport, Cleveland


ALCOA, Tenn. (March 26, 2015) -- Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor announces the following projected appointments for the 2015-2016 ministerial year, effective July 1.

Lauri Jo Cranford, Kingsport District Superintendent
The Rev. Lauri Jo Cranford is a native of Morristown, Tenn., where she grew up in First United Methodist Church of Morristown. She attended Emory University and Candler School of Theology where she became active in university worship, working with Susan Henry-Crowe and Bobbi Patterson. Both women were instrumental in modeling the diversity of ministry for her. Her two campus ministers, Richard Ferrell and Bert Scott, helped and encouraged her as she explored a call to ministry. She entered full-time ministry in Holston in 1998 following a CPE residency at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. She has served in Oak Ridge and Johnson City Districts and once served in Knoxville at the UTK Foundation. She is married to Rex Hill, who is also a pastor, and is the stepmother of two adult children, Marissa and Danae. She and Rex also have a 7-year-old, Breanna, who keeps them on their toes.

Elihugh J. Kilgore, Cleveland District Superintendent
The Rev. Elihugh (Hugh) J. Kilgore responded to the nudging of God’s grace and answered the call of ordained ministry in 1981. Kiligore was baptized and confirmed at Moorefield United Methodist Church in St. Paul, Virginia, Big Stone Gap District. He graduated from Carson Newman College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Religion and went on to receive a Masters of Divinity from Candler School of Theology, Emory University. Hugh has served churches in the Cleveland, Morristown, Tazewell and Wytheville Districts and has served on the Conference Youth Council, District Board of Ordained Ministry, District Missions Committee, and the District Camping Board. He is married to Susette McCarty Kilgore for 35 years and they are blessed with four boys: Ben, Jon, Zach, and Nathan.

Cranford follows the Rev. David Graves in the Kingsport District. Kilgore follows the Rev. Joe Green in the Cleveland District.