Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky announces her intention to make the following appointments, effective July 1, 2020:

  • The Rev. Erin Martin to serve Fremont United Methodist Church in Portland. Martin has been serving as the Columbia District Superintendent since July 2015. Prior to that, she served nine years at Wesley UMC in Eugene.

    She came to the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference from the North Carolina Annual Conference.

    Rev. Linda Quanstrom, who has served the church for the last six years, will be retiring in July.
  • The Rev. Tim Overton-Harris, who currently serves as the Cascadia District Superintendent, will become the Columbia District Superintendent.

    Prior to his position as District Superintendent, Overton-Harris served as pastor of Vermont Hills UMC. He started his ministry in the Oregon-Idaho Conference in Oregon City as an associate pastor. He moved on to serve churches in Estacada/Marquam, Salem Morningside, La Grande and Christ UMC in Portland. He is a graduate of Boston University School of Theology.

    “The honor and challenge of serving Columbia District is great. The many and varied ministries, innovation projects, new starts, and the diverse communities of the district offer a unique opportunity for me,” he said. “I will build off of the faithful work of Erin and know that my skills, gifts and graces will be well used in my work with Columbia District.”

    Bishop Stanovsky asks that you hold Tim and his wife, Rev. Amy Overton-Harris, in your prayers as this transition is made. 
  • The Rev. Wendy Woodworth to serve as the Cascadia District Superintendent. She will become a member of the Oregon-Idaho and Greater Northwest Area cabinet. Wendy is currently appointed to Open Door Churches of Salem-Keizer with primary pastoral responsibility for Morningside.

    “You know Wendy’s deep faith, broad experience and steady demeanor. I know that you will celebrate with her this new responsibility and honor her for her seven years with Morningside and Open Door Churches. Please keep Wendy and her wife Lori, in your prayers during this time of transition,” Bishop Stanovsky said.

    Woodworth earned her master’s of divinity degree from Pacific School of Religion. She has served as an associate pastor at Portland First UMC, Pendleton, Portland Trinity UMC, Portland Fremont UMC, Salem Morningside UMC and now the Opeen Door Churches of Salem-Keizer, with primary responsibility at Morningside. She also served on the Conference’s Council on Finance and Administration for 12 years and currently serves as the chairperson of the Board of Ordained Ministry.

    “I can’t wait to hit the road and visit the diverse churches and ministry settings across the Cascadia District: from the coast to the mountains to the painted hills, from urban settings to the small towns, and from large churches to smaller ones,” she said. “Each of you is called to unique ministries in your context and yet all of us are called to the vital ministry of bringing God’s love, grace and justice into our communities by following Jesus and being empowered by the Spirit.”

A summary of appointment announcements can be found on the conference website at A list of clear openings for appointment can be found on the Greater NW area website.







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