Bishop Carter announces Cabinet changes for the Florida Conference



Rev. Dionne Hammond has been named as a new cabinet member by Florida Conference Bishop Ken Carter, and Rev. Dan Jackson and Rev. Rini Hernandez will continue to serve on the cabinet in new roles.

Rev. Dionne Hammond is appointed as the district superintendent of the Atlantic Central District; Rev. Dan Jackson is appointed to the South West District, with continuing leadership of the Fresh Expressions Movement, and Rev. Rini Hernandez will remain on the appointive cabinet as Director of New Church Development and Hispanic/Latino Ministries.

With the appointment of Rev. Hammond, the Florida Conference will be led by four clergywomen and four clergymen serving as district superintendents. The appointments are effective July 1.

Rev. Dionne Hammond, Atlantic Central District

Rev. Dionne Hammond

“Dionne Hammond is a highly respected pastor in our conference,” Bishop Carter said. “She has strong gifts in administration and preaching and has given remarkable leadership most recently at First UMC in Melbourne and as Chair of the Order of Elders. She is also a significant mentor to many clergy in our conference.”

Rev. Hammond began her candidacy through First United Methodist Church of Coral Gables. Before being commissioned and ordained, Dionne served on the staff ministry teams of Everglades Community Church, First UMC Coral Gables, Hope UMC and Wellspring UMC. Dionne has served two appointments as an associate pastor at East Lake UMC and co-pastor at First UMC Melbourne. She and her husband Rev. Craig Hammond have been married for 29 years and have three children: Caily (Timothy) Irwin, Lydia Hammond and Connor Hammond. 

She is a graduate of Houghton College and Asbury Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity).  Dionne has served at the District, Annual and General Conference levels:  Committee on Judicial Administration for GC 2016; Chair, Order of Elders; Board of Ordained Ministry Executive Committee; Conference Relations Committee; Episcopacy Committee; POV Design Team; Clergy Effectiveness; Administrative Review Committee; Chair of Haiti-Florida Covenant; Co-Chair of Shade and Fresh Water, and District Peer Learning Group leader.

Rev. Dan Jackson, South West District and Fresh Expressions Movement

Rev. Dan Jackson

“Dan Jackson has a history of leadership in one of our denomination’s most fruitful churches, New Covenant UMC in the Villages, and as our Director of New Church Development for over five years,” Bishop Carter said. “He has also been a key participant in the Visions Training for Multicultural Leadership and has been instrumental in implementing our vision with the Fresh Expressions movement. Dan has served on the appointive cabinet for the past two years and has a high trust level with other superintendents and with key leaders across our conference.”

In his work as a conference leader, Dan has been instrumental in developing and managing the Cabinet Development Fund, which has helped reduce apportionments and strategically grow vitality in some of our strongest and most diverse churches.  Additionally, Dan founded the Generative Church Leader Academy, which has trained 93 clergy to grow in their leadership.

While serving at New Covenant, Jackson was part of developing a transitional housing ministry, a jail ministry, programs in leadership and spiritual development, fundraising for a $5.5 million facility expansion and planning for a second campus.

Rev. Dr. Rini Hernandez

Rev. Dr. Rini Hernandez

“Rini Hernandez has been a transformational leader among the people of the South West District. Under his guidance, the South West District has been a consistent leader in the Florida Conference in Congregational Vitality and connectional giving,” Bishop Carter said. “Rini has also developed a process for Latino/a team leadership, and he has had the experience of planting a new church. He will bring all these gifts to his new work in new church development and Hispanic/Latino leadership.”

Hernandez served the Cuban Annual Conference during 23 years as a pastor. He was a District Superintendent for 11 years for the Holguin Norte, Pinar del Rio and Matanzas Districts. In 2001, Hernandez moved with his family to Miami; and prior to his appointment as a district superintendent, he served ten years as founding pastor of La Nueva Iglesia, Miami.

Also, at the District level, he served as Cuba-Florida Covenant Coordinator, on the South East District Leadership Team and on the South East District Committee on Ordained Ministry. At the Conference level, he served as the President of the Hispanic Assembly, the Director of the Hispanic Institute, has been a member of the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry and the Strategic Leadership Team.

The Rev. Gary Spencer will complete eight years as a district superintendent in 2019. Bishop Carter praised his ministry as he leaves the cabinet: “Gary is a respected leader and a gifted coach, and he has developed a model of small group accountability, support and learning that has been very effective in the Atlantic Central District. I will always be grateful for the ministry that Gary and I have shared over these seven years, and I wish him the best in the next season of his life and ministry.”

In The United Methodist Church, a district superintendent is an ordained elder who supervises clergy and congregations in a geographical area and collaborates with the bishop in assigning elders, deacons and local pastors to specific ministries. The 2012 Book of Discipline further defined the role of the district superintendent as a “missional strategist” in support of making disciples for the transformation of the world.


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