Rev. Amy Coles was appointed by Bishop Larry Goodpaster to serve as the District Superintendent of the Smoky Mountain District of the Western North Carolina Conference beginning September 1, 2012. A graduate of UNC-G in Child and Family Development and Duke Divinity School, she has pastored churches in Trinity, High Point, and Shoals, North Carolina. She was appointed to the Smoky Mountain District after serving as a District Superintendent in the Albemarle District for the past three years. She is an active participant with the Board of Rural Faith Development CDC, Hinton Rural Life Center, and the Thriving Rural Communities Initiative at Duke. In 2012, she represented the Western North Carolina Conference as a delegate to the United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Florida and Southeast Jurisdictional Conference at Lake Junaluska. She enjoys gardening, “crafting”, and spending time with family and friends in her free time. She is the legal guardian of her 16-year-old nephew, Brandon. This role has both strengthened her prayer life and served as a wonderful example of the incredible grace of God.