Pennington Named by Bishop to AWF Cabinet

April 18, 2013

(Montgomery, AL) - Bishop Paul L. Leeland announces that Dr. Doug Pennington has been appointed as the District Superintendent of the Mobile District of the Alabama-West Florida (AWF) Conference, effective July 1, 2013.

Currently serving as the senior pastor of Lynn Haven United Methodist Church of Lynn Haven, Florida, Pennington was ordained as an elder in the AWF Conference in 1984. Pennington’s previous appointments in the conference include pastor at Grand Bay FUMC, conference evangelist, and pastor at St. Paul UMC Midway. He was also a reserve delegate to the 2012 General and Jurisdictional Conferences.

“We are excited to announce Doug to our conference cabinet. He has been a fruitful and effective leader on the local church and conference levels and will be an outstanding addition to our cabinet and the Mobile District,” Leeland stated.

Pennington is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and Asbury Theological Seminary and also did post-graduate studies at the University of Florida and Carolina University of Theology. He and his wife, Sandy, have been married for 36 years and have two children, Lindsay and Nate. They are the proud grandparents to three grandchildren with one on the way.

Rev. Tonya Elmore, current Mobile District Superintendent, has faithfully served six years on the cabinet. “Tonya has been such a blessing and a devoted leader to the Mobile District and the conference cabinet. I know you will join me in thanking her for her dedication. We celebrate her ministry and acknowledge her desire to be appointed to a congregation within our conference,” said Leeland. Rev. Elmore’s appointment will be announced at a later date.

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