East District Superintendent Change of Status

A complaint against Rev. Ben Disney, East District Superintendent based on ¶2702.1 of the Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church 2016 has been received by the Central Texas Conference Episcopal Office. In processing this complaint, a Just Resolution has been reached between the complainant and the respondent. As a first step in the process of Just Resolution, Rev. Disney will be placed on Suspension as prescribed in ¶362.d of The Book of Discipline, effective January 1, 2019.
While under Suspension, Rev. Disney shall be relieved of all duties and responsibilities as East District Superintendent. Dr. Randy Wild shall function as Interim District Superintendent in the Tarrant County part of the East District. Rev. Mike Ramsdell, Executive Director of the Smith Center for Evangelism, Missions, and Church Growth, will actively assist Dr. Wild in the process of superintendency in the Tarrant County area of the East District.  Rev. Travis Franklin, North District Superintendent, shall assume superintendency responsibility for the East District churches in Johnson County and Dr. Leah Hidde-Gregory, Central District Superintendent, shall assume superintendency responsibility for East District churches in Ellis County during the Suspension period.
A new District Superintendent shall be appointed no later than Annual Conference 2019.