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Mark Twain District Superintendent Announcement


Bishop Bob Farr announced his plan for the supervision of the Mark Twain district due to the planned June retirement of current District Superintendent Steve Pinnell.
“I have named Rev. Mi Hyeon Lee as the District Superintendent for both the Mid-State and Mark Twain districts,” Bishop Bob Farr said. “Rev. Lee will work with Rev. Melissa Dodd in the Northwest district and Rev. Robin Bell in the Gateway Central district to manage the workload across the districts.”
A resolution to move from nine to five districts by July 1, 2022 comes before the annual conference session in June. Rev. Pinnell’s retirement will allow for a gracious way for the Missouri Conference to begin to realize a reduction in District Superintendents. In response to the task force recommendation, the bishop is considering natural term limitations and retirement ages of District Superintendents and Episcopal Office staff related to the resolution’s implementation should it be approved by the session in June. You can read the full report of the task force and learn more about the redistricting proposal at
For the 2021-2022 appointive year, Mark Twain district will continue to exist and operate out of the Kirksville office, staffed by district administrator Barbara Buck. Pastors will report to the assigned District Superintendent, Rev. Mi Hyeon Lee. The assigned Mark Twain District Superintendent will utilize neighboring superintendents, elders within the district and Conference staff to help support the ministry across both districts during this transitionary year.