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Welcome Rev. Melissa Dodd as District Superintendent
posted on July 09
Rev. Melissa Dodd is the new District Superintendent for the Northwest District as of July 1, 2018. She has a degree in elementary education from Missouri State University and a Masters of Divinity from Asbury Seminary. Dodd worked in youth ministry before becoming a licensed local pastor at Campbell UMC in Springfield. She continued to serve that church as a provisional elder and elder in full connection before being appointed to Asbury UMC in Springfield, where she has served as senior pastor since 2014. She has served on the Board of Ordained Ministry and has been a leader in the Missouri Conference Candidacy Summits.
“Rev. Dodd has offered excellent pastoral leadership in her appointments, loves the local church, and has earned the respect of her clergy peers through her solid work on district and conference teams,” said Bishop Farr. “Melissa has strengths in mentoring and coaching and I look forward to seeing her implement those gifts, along with her energy and vision, through the superintendency in the Northwest.”
Dodd said she’s excited about the opportunity to serve the church as a district superintendent. She said she knows she has a lot to learn but feels the skills she has developed will be a good fit for the position.
“It’s exciting because it’s in my wheelhouse,” she said. “I’m an organizer. I like structure. I like strategy. I like working with teams and people to problem solve and strategize. I like to encourage people.”