Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi today announced that Pittsburgh District Superintendent Dawn M. Hand will return to the Baltimore-Washington Conference to serve as a district superintendent.
"It is with mixed emotions that I share with you that District Superintendent Dawn Hand has been offered and accepted an appointment to the Baltimore Washington Annual Conference, effective July 1, 2021," Bishop Moore-Koikoi said. "Rev. Hand has been appointed as the District Superintendent for the Central Maryland District in that annual conference. This appointment will allow her to be closer to her family.
"We have been blessed by Rev. Hand’s spirit and administrative and leadership skills for the past three years. Because we have experienced her gifts and know the kind of impact she can make, we are excited for the Baltimore Washington Conference and the Central Maryland District. We will miss her at the cabinet table, and wish her well in her new appointment."
Rev. Hand, an ordained elder of the Western North Carolina Conference where she grew up, began serving as Pittsburgh DS after the retirement of the late Rev. Paul D. Taylor in 2018. At the time, she was serving as executive pastor and chief of staff at historic Foundry UMC in Washington, DC.
In the Pittsburgh District, Rev. Hand was provided a visible Christian witness at community and interfaith events, particularly after the Tree of Life shooting in Pittsburgh and the death of George Floyd. She marched and prayed with clergy and laity and offered communion on the street downtown during a major protest march.
Rev. Hand worked with Pittsburgh clergy, public safety officials, and leaders of other Methodist denominations to organize the March to Unite in September of 2019. Groups marched from the North Shore across the Allegheny River and from Freedom Corner in the Hill District to join others in Market Square to hear messages of hope. She also was on the scene to pray and offer support when fire destroyed the Sheraden UMC later that year.
As District Superintendent, she connected regularly with pastors and church members online and via video message to offer leadership and support during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Read the Baltimore-Washington Conference announcement of Rev. Hand's new appointment here.