District Superintendent

Mark Gibbons
Mark Gibbons is a native of Ashland, Kentucky, where he grew up in First United Methodist Church and cut his spiritual teeth under the preaching and pastoring of Bishop Ed Tullis, Dr. Ralph Wesley, and Dr. Harold Dorsey, and the influence and mentoring of a host of lay volunteer Sunday School teachers and youth counsellors.  He is a 1974 graduate of Ashland's Paul G. Blazer High School. He 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 has served as a pastor in the Kentucky Conference of the United Methodist Church in Lexington, Walton, Lawrenceburg, and Shelbyville.  He is married to Cheryl Smith Gibbons who is an elementary music teacher.  They are the proud parents of two daughters: Amanda (Ashley) and Meghan (Richard) and grandparents of five grandchildren: Sierra, Brysen, Aspen, Max, and Nola.

Mark is passionate about individuals discovering and answering their call to be disciples of Jesus Christ in the Wesleyan tradition of integrating head, heart, and hand, and in helping local churches (especially small membership churches) to be fruitful by rediscovering their primary mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

Assistant to the DS

Sylvia A. Baker-Noren
Rev. Sylvia Baker-Noren serves the Bluegrass District as the Assistant to the District Superintendent and as the Director of the Wesley Foundation at Kentucky State University. She says that her life has been guided through living in a diverse society with a unifying savior.

Communications Coordinator

Abigail Blosser
Abbi Blosser is the Communications Coordinator for the Bluegrass District, handling the website, Facebook, and newsletters. If you would like to share church events and ministry outreach information or photos, email Abbi and she will spread your good news to the rest of the district!

Abbi lives in Princeton, KY with her husband, Rev. Shannon Blosser (pastoring Ogden Memorial UMC) and son, Noah.

District Lay Leader

Colleen Davis
Colleen Davis is the Bluegrass District Lay Leader, providing representation for and support to laity. Among other duties throughout the district, Colleen runs the Lay Academy for Church Excellence (LACE) and supervises the district lay servants.
Colleen is a member of Georgetown First UMC (Scott County) and lives in Sadieville, KY with her husband, Gary, and her son, Ben.

District Lay Speaker Coordinator

Estill Devore
Estill Devore is the Bluegrass District Lay Speaker Coordinator. When pastors fall ill or go on vacation and need a Certified Lay Servant to preach one Sunday (or more), they can contact Estill and he will find a Certified Lay Servant to be pulpit supply.

Estill is a member of Port Royal UMC, and lives in Smithfield, KY (Henry County) with his wife, Katie, and daughter, Delilah.