Bishop Carter Announces the Projection of Two New District SuperintendentsAnnouncements Conference News
June 12, 2021
Dr. Allen will serve the North Central District replacing Rev. June Edwards as she takes time for renewal and family responsibilities, while Rev. Hotho will serve the Gulf Central District as interim superintendents Dr. Sharon Austin and Rev. Clarke Campbell-Evans return to their roles in connectional ministries and missional engagement, respectively.
Dr. Allen, who currently serves as faculty in the School of Religion at Bethune Cookman University and pastor of Stewart Memorial UMC, has been in ministry for 25 years. He was ordained in 2010 as an Elder in Full Connection with the Florida Conference and has served at the local church level, launching Hope of Glory UM in St. Petersburg and serving as associate pastor at Trinity UMC in Gainesville. In 2013, he returned to his alma mater to serve as the first Dean of Chapel/Executive Chaplain at B-CU. Dr. Allen is married to Courtney and they share three children.
“Dr. David Allen is a transformational leader who has served faithfully in local churches and on a university campus,” said Bishop Carter. “He has been instrumental in a major Lilly Endowment grant that will strengthen the local church, and he has completed a doctorate in leadership. David has experience in the North Central District, and I am excited about the ministry he will give to the laity and clergy of that area.”
Rev. Hotho grew up in Jacksonville and attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, majoring in music performance and religious studies. She also earned a Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School. Rev. Hotho was commissioned as a Provisional Elder in 2006 and ordained in 2009. She has served at Christ Church UM in Fort Lauderdale, the Center for Clergy Excellence, and most recently at Skycrest United Methodist Church where she has been the pastor since 2013. Rev. Hotho is married to Mat, who is the director of worship technology at Hyde Park UMC, and has three sons ages 3 to 12.
“Rev. Emily Hotho is a very effective pastor and has led the church to become more vital in a complex season. She also has experience on the Florida Conference staff in the area of developing pathways for younger persons to enter full-time Christian service through ordained ministry. Emily will add wisdom and insight to the work of the cabinet and her knowledge of the Gulf Central District will be a blessing,” said Bishop Carter.
Dr. Allen and Rev. Hotho will begin meeting with the cabinet, in addition to their pastoral ministries, in an extended period of onboarding before their appointments begin.
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