Charles Maynard: Taking Maryville

Charles Maynard: Taking Maryville


The Rev. Charles Maynard, age 56, is projected for appointment as Maryville District superintendent effective July 1.

Current appointment: Director of development, Holston Conference Camp and Retreat Ministries

Education: B.A., Emory and Henry College (1977). M.Div., Candler School of Theology (1979).


  • 1973: Served as youth worker at Brainerd UMC, Chattanooga District
  • 1973-1975: Served as student pastor to Emory-Smyth Chapel UMC, Abingdon District
  • 1975-1976: Served as youth worker to First Marion UMC, Abingdon District
  • 1976-1977: Served as student pastor to Mountainview UMC, Abingdon District
  • 1979-1984: Appointed pastor to New Salem UMC, Chattanooga District
  • 1984-1993: Appointed pastor to Seymour UMC, Maryville District
  • 1993-1994: Appointed pastor to St. Matthew UMC, Kingsport District
  • 1994-2002: Employed as founding executive director, Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • 1999-2002: Served as assistant pastor at Sevierville Circuit, Maryville District
  • 2002-2004: Employed as director of advancement for International Storytelling Center, Jonesborough, Tenn.
  • 2004-present: Appointed director of development for Holston Conference Camp and Retreat Ministries
  • 2005: Served as interim pastor, Trinity (Bristol) UMC, Abingdon District
  • 2010: Served as interim pastor, Jonesborough UMC, Johnson City District

Family: Wife, Janice Scott Maynard, two adult daughters, and three granddaughters.

Daughter Anna Lee is director of outreach ministries at Cokesbury UMC in Knoxville. Her husband, Chris Lee, works in youth and music ministries at Ebenezer UMC in Knoxville.

"My great-aunt Martha D. Almon was consecrated a deaconess in 1935, served faithfully in many capacities until her retirement about the time I was ordained a deacon. She was a great influence on me."

Home: "I grew up at Brainerd UMC and Signal Crest UMC. My early childhood was in Brainerd in Chattanooga. We moved to Signal Mountain when I was nine years old."

How did you find out?

"Bishop Swanson called me into his office while I was in Alcoa for a connectional staff meeting. He talked to me of working in a district as a superintendent. I immediately began to think of all that we needed to do in the camping office to be prepared for this summer and some capital projects. I’m excited by the challenge and opportunity to serve in a new way but dearly love our conference’s work in camp and retreat ministries."

What are your thoughts, hopes, or goals regarding your next appointment?

"Maryville is a strong district with a long history going all the way back to Bishops Francis Asbury and William McKendree. I hope to work with pastors and congregational leaders to better equip them for our work of transforming the world as disciples of Christ. I’m excited about working with colleagues in the counties that make up the Maryville District and look forward to getting to know the people of the congregations."

Any words of encouragement or foresight about Holston's future?

"Holston has many challenges in the coming years. We need to strive for innovative approaches to spreading the Gospel to our neighbors. I’m excited about the many ways that Maryville District churches are reaching out to people and am eager to be a part of the ministry there."