I am pleased to announce that I intend to appoint the Rev. Jan R. Wiley as the next Superintendent of the East District of the California-Pacific Conference effective July 1, 2014.
Rev. Wiley has a long and faithful history of service in our conference with a deep commitment to the ministry of our local churches. She is presently serving as the Senior Pastor of Community United Methodist Church in Huntington Beach. Her past appointments include pastorates at La Mesa First UMC (San Diego District), Ramona UMC (San Diego District), and California Heights UMC (Long Beach District).
Rev. Wiley is a recognized connectional leader throughout the church. She has served as Chair of the District Committees on Superintendency of both Long Beach and Santa Ana Districts, Chair of the Board of Directors for Campus Ministry at Long Beach State, Chair of the California-Pacific Conference Board of Ordained Ministry, Chair of the Conference Committee on Episcopacy, and as a member of the delegation of the California-Pacific Conference to the Western Jurisdictional Conference. Today, she demonstrates great skill in leading our conference visioning process as the Chair of our conference Mission/Vision Discernment Team.
Her ecumenical commitment has led her to leadership beyond The United Methodist Church. She has served as the President of the Ecumenical Association in Ramona, as President of the South Coast Ecumenical Council, and President of the Greater Huntington Beach Interfaith Council.
Rev. Wiley is a deeply spiritual leader, grounded in a clear commitment to Christ Jesus. She gives heart-felt attention to the spiritual formation of disciples as well as to the faithfulness of the institutional church. I am confident that she will strengthen our Cabinet table and serve as an excellent extension of the Episcopal Office.
The Cabinet joins me in giving God thanks for the ministry and leadership of Rev. Dr. Bau N. Dang who has served as District Superintendent of the East District, and the Riverside District, for the past six years. He has inspired and encouraged us through his humble servant leadership and personal devotion to making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
Rev. Dang will be assuming a senior pastorate to a local church while also assisting my office through a special assignment to help us lead the development of our Vietnamese, Cambodian and Laotian work not only in the California-Pacific Conference but in relationship to our global United Methodist initiatives with persons of and from these countries and cultures. We will miss Brother Bau at our Cabinet table even while we welcome our Sister Jan.