ALCOA, Tenn. (April 4, 2016) -- Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor announces the following projected appointment for the 2016-2017 ministerial year, effective July 1.
The Rev. Kim Goddard, age 54, will lead the Wytheville District as superintendent, following retirement of the Rev. Meg Taylor.
Goddard has served as senior pastor at Mafair United Methodist Church in Kingsport, Tenn., for seven years. She is a native of Giles County, Virginia.
“Returning to Southwest Virginia is going home to share ministry with some of the finest people I know,” Goddard said. “Leaving Mafair UMC is leaving home and shared ministry with some of the finest people I know. So, I am twice blessed, and incredibly thankful for the opportunities.”
She has a master of divinity degree from Duke Divinity School. She previously served appointments in Virginia and Tennessee, including superintendent of the Abingdon District from 2003 to 2009.
She is married to the Rev. Jim Goddard. They have two daughters, Annie and Lindsey; one son and daughter-in-law, Jimmy and Dale; and four grandsons.
“My ancestry runs through generations of farmers, railroad workers and coal miners. Through their love and witness I gained a personal faith in Jesus Christ, a home in the United Methodist church, appreciation for a good story, and a love for the mountains,” Goddard said.
The Wytheville District includes 116 churches within 52 charges. Rev. Meg Taylor, age 67, will retire at Annual Conference after leading the Wytheville District since 2009.