Bishop John L. Hopkins intends to appoint to the East Ohio cabinet, as superintendent of the North Coast District, the Rev. Dr. Steven R. Bailey.
“The North Coast District is a dynamic, exciting, and challenging place to serve,” Bailey said. “I look forward to being a part of the diversity, the excitement, and the good things that are happening there.”
“Steve is an excellent preacher and a strong administrator,” Hopkins said. “He reflects a Wesleyan emphasis on personal and social holiness with a passion for sharing the gospel and putting love into action.”
Bailey is in his 16th year as pastor at New Philadelphia First United Methodist Church. Under his leadership, the congregation carried out a $4.5 million expansion and remodeling of the church facilities and increased the number of weekly worship services from one to three.
An active member of the New Philadelphia community, Bailey has logged more than 3,200 hours as police chaplain – wearing a ballistics vest, a police uniform and recently being certified to carry a Taser. He has certification as both a chaplain and as a police instructor.
“I have always been an encourager and a bridge-builder who invests deeply in the community and in the people with whom I serve. I look forward to contributing leadership and positive energy where needed in the North Coast district,” Bailey said.
Bailey’s first appointment was to Amsterdam United Methodist Church in 1985. He then served in the North Coast District for two years beginning in 1988 as associate pastor of Lakewood United Methodist Church. Following three years in school, Bailey was appointed in 1993 to serve as associate pastor at Cuyahoga Falls First United Methodist Church.
“Steve has served effectively in vital churches as an associate and senior pastor. He has demonstrated the ability to develop a strong staff and utilize innovative communication technologies,” Hopkins said.
In addition to serving the local church, Bailey has been a member of and chaired the Conference Council on Finance and Administration and the Conference Board of Communications. He has also been active in and led the community servant leader development program Leadership Tuscarawas.
Bailey will replace the Rev. Dr. Peggy Streiff, who retired in 2011 but has been leading the North Coast District since 2012. The appointment is effective July 1.
Bailey received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mt. Union College and a Master of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. He later earned a Doctor of Ministry from the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University.
Steve met Marcy at Camp Wanake in 1980 and they were married two years later. They have participated in mission trips to Honduras and Tanzania and plan to go to Cambodia in 2015.
He and Marcy are parents of two daughters.