Bishop Announces Cabinet Change

January 25, 2012

Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr. has announced a Cabinet change, effective July 1, 2012. After six years, the Rev. Jerry Smith (upper right) will be completing his service on the Cabinet. Rev. Smith is superintendent for the Great Northern District.

"I am extremely grateful for Jerry's faithful leadership during some challenging years for the California-Nevada Conference," the bishop said. "He has led the formation of the Great Northern District and has a deep love for that region of our Conference. We have benefited greatly from his service on the Cabinet and look forward to what he will bring to the Conference in the next phase of his ministry."
Six years is generally the standard term of service for a district superintendent.
The bishop has asked the Rev. David L. Samelson (lower right), pastor of First United Methodist Church of Eureka, to become the new superintendent to the Great Northern District on July 1.
Rev. Samelson is a graduate of Pacific School of Religion and Asbury Theological Seminary and has been a member of the California-Nevada Annual Conference since 1988. Before being appointed to Eureka First in 2006, he served at Greenville, Taylorsville, and Yreka UMCs. He currently is a circuit leader in the Great Northern District.
"I am delighted to welcome Dave Samelson to the Cabinet," Bishop Brown said. "He has a passion for the local church. His unique gifts of ministry will serve the Conference well in this role, as we continue to work toward a goal of more ably carrying out our mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. We look forward to his leadership."