Lynn Dyke to be next Mid-State District Superintendent
Rev. Lynn Dyke, senior pastor at Kimberling City UMC, will be the next Mid-State District Superintendent when appointments are fixed this June at Annual Conference Session.
Dyke was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and moved to Overland Park, Kan., with her family when she was in the seventh grade.
family was active in a new church start, Indian Heights UMC.
She attended Southwestern College, a United Methodist institution in Winfield, Kan., and majored in elementary education.
"When I went to college I didn't know that there were women pastors, so I planned on being in Christian education," she
But she learned that she could be a pastor, and after college she went to seminary at Iliff School of Theology In Denver.
was ordained elder in the Kansas East Conference in 1987.
She started her ministry as an associate pastor, and was later appointed to Conference staff as Youth, Camping and Discipleship director for five years.
She then moved to Seattle, and served in a similar Conference staff position for the Pacific Northwest Conference.
husband got a teaching job in Arkansas, she
moved to the Arkansas Conference and was a pastor in local churches in Little Rock, Pine Bluff and Lakeside.
Dyke has one son, Matt Meyer, who will graduate from Reeds Spring High School this summer, and is currently considering going to a professional golf school.
Dyke has served on the Missouri Conference Finance and Administration Team for the last seven years, and has been chair of that team for the past three years.
She has also been on her district leadership team for several years.
Although she'll miss Kimberly City UMC, she's
excited about the new opportunity before her
"I hope that by God's grace I'm up to the challenge," she
"I'm delighted that Lynn Dyke has agreed to serve as District Superintendent of the Mid-States District.
has offered exemplary leadership in every church she
Each of her
congregations has been stronger for her
leadership, and at Kimberling City she
not only has led a thriving congregation but has supported the start of a new congregation," he