By Paul Black
SPRINGFIELD – Bishop Frank J. Beard, in consultation with the IGRC Cabinet, announces the appointment of Rev. Dr. Roger Grimmett as senior pastor of Springfield First UMC, effective July 1.
Grimmett, currently in his third year as superintendent of the Mississippi River District, succeeds the Rev. Dr. Roger Ross, who has been appointed as director of the Center for Congregational Excellence in the Missouri Conference.
Beard has also announced the assignment of Rose Booker-Jones, currently superintendent of the Iroquois River District as the new Mississippi River District superintendent. Booker-Jones is in her third year as conference superintendent. Rev. Angie Eunjoo Lee, previously appointed to the Cabinet will assume duties in the Iroquois River District.
The only vacancy on the Cabinet is in the Spoon River District where Beard said he would be announcing a new superintendent in the near future.
The announcement of Grimmett’s appointment was shared March 6 in an email to Springfield First UMC members.
“All of us play an important part in the transition--through our prayers and positive attitudes going forward,” wrote Greg Riddle, chair of the staff-parish relations committee at Springfield First UMC. “Dr. Grimmett is ‘all in’ to continue our mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Let's do our part to continue that mission as well.”
Grimmett comes to Springfield First UMC with close to 30 years’ experience. His Doctor of Ministry degree has a concentration in biblical preaching. He has taught both preaching and worship to pastors in the Conference Course of Study Extension School.
Prior to serving on the Cabinet, Grimmett served pastorates at Decatur: South Shores (1986-1990); Bloomington Morningstar (1990-1997); Quincy Melrose Chapel (1997-2003); Forsyth (2003-2008) and Vandalia First (2008-2014).