Bishop Fairley Makes Cabinet Appointments

March 12, 2018

Bishop Leonard Fairley is pleased to announce the appointment of two new District Superintendents which will become effective July 1, 2018.

Rev. Dan Huck will become the new superintendent of the Owensboro District. Rev. Huck currently serves as senior pastor of Saint John United Methodist Church in Prospect, where he has led since 2007.  Rev. Huck’s wife, Barbie, is a physical therapist.  The Huck’s have two daughters, Christy, age 22 and Rachel, age 20. He will follow Rev. Mark Gibbons who has served in this appointment for the past six years.


Rev. Brad Smart will become the new superintendent of the South Central District. Rev. Smart is in his ninth year serving as Senior Pastor of Pikeville United Methodist Church.  His wife, Angie, is a registered nurse and is currently working as a clinical instructor at the University of Pikeville. They have two “smart” kids.  Abby will graduate from Pikeville High School in May and will be attending the University of Kentucky in the fall. Aaron will graduate from the 8th grade in May and begin high school in the fall. Rev. Smart will follow Rev. Todd Love who has served as superintendent for eight years and will take a new appointment at Annual Conference.

Bishop Fairley is also announcing the following Cabinet change at the 2018 Annual Conference.

Rev. Mark Gibbons will become the superintendent of the Bluegrass District. Rev. Gibbons has served as the superintendent of the Owensboro District for the past six years. He is a 1974 graduate of Ashland's Paul G. Blazer High School, received a Bachelor of Arts from Kentucky Wesleyan College in 1978 and a Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in 1981.  He presently serves on the Conference Vital Congregations Team and the Boards of Higher Education and Campus Ministries, the Good Samaritan Foundation, the Kentucky United Methodist Homes for Children and Youth, Methodist Hospital of Henderson, and Kentucky Wesleyan College.  He is married to Cheryl Smith Gibbons who is an elementary music teacher.  They are the proud parents of two daughters: Amanda and Meghan; and grandparents of five grandchildren: Sierra, Brysen, Aspen, Maxwell, and Nola. Rev. Gibbons will follow Rev. Paul Fryman who has served as superintendent for five years and will be retiring this year at Annual Conference.

Any pending announcements will be forthcoming at a later date.