Rev. Amy Coles
Rev. Amy Coles is the Western North Carolina Conference nominee for episcopal election at the 2022 SEJ Jurisdictional Conference. She was elected 2nd in the delegation at 2019 WNCC Annual Conference and serves as the group’s secretary/treasurer.
Amy is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of North Carolina-Greensboro with a Child Development and Family Relations major and a 1992 graduate of Duke Divinity School, where she served as the Student Representative Assembly President during the 1991-1992 school year.
A lifelong United Methodist, Amy was ordained as a deacon in 1991 and as an elder in 1994. She served in a variety of local churches before becoming a district superintendent in 2009, a small rural church, a new church start, and a medium-size rural church. Guided by the Wesleyan understanding of holiness of heart and life, she understands her call as a pastor to include preaching, teaching, and modelling the interrelationship of discipleship and mission as a faithful response to Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
As a District Superintendent, she served as the missional strategist for the 86 churches of the Albemarle District followed by the 66 churches of the Smoky Mountain District. She was a member of the Conference’s Transition Team, which facilitated the move from 15 districts to 8 districts. She then had the opportunity to implement that team’s strategies while continuing to serve as a District Superintendent. For the past 7 years, she has served as the Assistant to the Bishop, supporting the Bishop and District Superintendents, coordinating the ministry of the Conference Staff, and working with the Conference Trustees in re-missioning and selling closed church property.
Rev. Coles is an active participant with the denominational Connectional Table, serving on the Agency Evaluation Advisory Group, the Leadership Discernment and Community Life Committee, the Budget Allocations Task Force, the Connectional Table Representative to the GCFA Economic Advisory Committee, and as the Co-Chair of the Board Makeup Task Force. She is also currently active with the Board of Rural Faith Development CDC, the ImagineHub Board of Advisors, and the Junaluska Associates Council at Lake Junaluska. Previously, Amy served on the Boards of Disciple Bible Outreach Ministries, Givens Estates, Hinton Rural Life Center, Mount Shepherd Retreat Center, Pfeiffer University, and the Western Carolina Wesley Foundation. She was also active with the Thriving Rural Communities Initiative at Duke.
She is the guardian of her 24-year-old nephew, Sergeant Brandon Estrada, who serves in the United States Army, and she now oversees care for her 21-year-old niece, Mae Coles.