The Rev. Denise Walton, who has led South Columbus United Methodist Church since June 2009, will become the district superintendent in Dublin, Ga., in June, according to the South Georgia Conference.
She was the first woman to lead South Columbus UMC.
She'll replace the Rev. Richard Varnell, who's moving to the churches in Gray and Clinton, Ga.
A mentor of Walton's was the Rev. Joe Roberson, the former South Columbus UMC pastor who was the Statesboro District Superintendent when he was killed in a car accident in November 2009.
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Walton, who as a teen-ager went to Allen Temple AME, became a United Methodist after visiting South Columbus UMC and meeting Roberson in the mid-1990s.
She has two sons.
New appointments in the conference have been announced for about a week, and will continue. The South Georgia Conference contains nine districts. So far, seven of the nine are new appointments. Moves happen every year in June.
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