(3-14-22) Bishop Gregory V. Palmer has announced the appointments of Rev. Jennifer Lucas and Rev. Dr. James Wilson II as District Superintendents of the Ohio River Valley (ORV) and Miami Valley (MIV) Districts, respectively. These appointments are effective July 1, 2022.

Bishop Gregory V. Palmer

“I am delighted to welcome both of these wonderful colleagues to serve in the ministry of superintending. They both bring a passion to help all people know and experience the love of God in Christ Jesus in community. They will enrich the cabinet team with their unique gifts.”

Reverend Dr. Wilson has been serving local congregations in West Ohio for the past 35 years. His appointments include Jacksonburg (ORV), Cairo (NWP), Celina Bethany (NWP), Troy First (MIV), and Church of the Messiah (CAN).

Dr. Wilson

“I am humbled and honored that Bishop Palmer considered me for this opportunity. This new chapter of ministry will allow me to walk alongside more than 135 local congregations in the Miami Valley District,”

He graduated from Thornville Sheridan High School in 1982 and received his bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from The Ohio State University in 1986. He holds a Master of Divinity from United Theological Seminary in 1990 and a Doctor of Ministry from United Seminary in 1994.

Active in various leadership roles throughout the annual conference, Wilson is the chairperson of the Annual Conference Planning Committee. Previously, he chaired the West Ohio Annual Conference Worship Committee, served on the conference Board of Ordained Ministry, several task forces, education committees, and the former Lima District superintendency committee.

Wilson has travelled extensively around the world in mission work. He was instrumental in developing a facility in Nicaragua which today serves more than 130 children with special needs. He has distributed tens of thousands of pounds of rice and beans to churches in Cuba. He has always been active in food pantries, homeless shelters, and many other local missions. 

He said the greatest love in his life is Jesus and the local church. Wilson credits the church for changing his life stating that his faith in Jesus was birthed and nurtured in the church. 

His wife, Nancy, is a 4th grade teacher for Columbus City Schools. They are the parents of a son Chase, who is on staff at Indiana University. Their 19-year-old son, Bradley, passed away in 2009 after a lifetime of special needs challenges. Infant sons JC (1988) and Dominic (1997) have also passed away.

Bishop Palmer

“Pastor Wilson has served faithfully in multiple locations throughout the West Ohio Conference. His devotion to the connection has been visible to all. He has consistently led the congregations he has served into missional service in the community.”