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Red Bird Name Change to Central Appalachian Missionary Conference


November 2, 20222

Contact: Whitley Henson

Direction of Communications


Big Creek, Kentucky – In a meeting held November 2, 2022, the Southeastern Jurisdiction approved Central Appalachian Missionary Conference’s name change, from Red Bird Missionary Conference. The new name is designed to reflect the position of the conference to serve beyond the bounds of the Red Bird Valley. The official name change reflects the full transformation of the Central Appalachian Missionary Conference, with conference priorities now focusing on health and wellness initiatives, community outreach, and leadership transformation.

“We want to thank all those in attendance today at the Southeastern Jurisdictional meeting. Central Appalachian Missionary Conference is undergoing a transformation, and we are embracing growth of our ministries throughout the Appalachian region. Despite the disaster recovery going on throughout this region, God has given us hope and the ability for transformation,” said Bishop Leonard Fairley, Bishop for the Kentucky and Red Bird Missionary Conferences.

Information about and ministries of the rebirthed conference can be viewed at The website offers a chance to sign up for the conference’s newsletter and service opportunities, a way to partner with the conference long-term, and truly focuses on Central Appalachian’s renewed commitment to transforming the region and beyond in the name of Jesus Christ.

You can also reach conference personnel at 606-658-6039 or follow the conference on Facebook,

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The Central Appalachian Missionary Conference is a vibrant, God-focused ministry of The United Methodist Church, with a focus on bringing Jesus and hope to the people of Central Appalachia.


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