Staff Team

We are the staff team of the Anderson District of the South Carolina United Methodist Church. We coordinate, administer, and serve the churches and people in the Anderson District.

District Superintendent

Rev. Susan Leonard Ray | (864) 226-6649

A native of Greer, SC, District Superintendent Susan Leonard-Ray is an ordained Elder in the South Carolina Annual Conference where she has served for twenty years.  Susan is married to Rev. Dr. Keith Ray who is also an elder in the South Carolina Conference. They are blessed with three children: Rebecca, Jonathon and Elizabeth. She served Monaghan UMC in Greenville and was the Campus Minister at Furman University from 1992 -1997. Following that she served as an Associate Pastor at Buncombe Street UMC. In 2001, Susan was appointed to serve Advent UMC in Simpsonville, SC where she has lived out her ministry and calling for the past nine years.

In addition, Susan has served on the Greenville District Committee on Congregational Development, the Board of Ordained Ministry, the Executive Committee on the Annual Conference, and the Committee on Episcopacy. Susan was the 1995 recipient of the Denman Evangelism Award.

Susan did her undergraduate work at Carson-Newman College before completing her Masters of Divinity degree at Candler School of Theology, Emory University.

Congregational Specialist

Rev. Cathy Joens | (864) 940-1893

Congregational Specialists primary task is to help local congregations determine their needs for ministry programming. They assist churches in finding ways to meet those needs and evaluate their effectiveness. While Congregational Specialists do not assist with personnel, they work alongside churches struggling with staffing issues find helpful resources. In a sense, many consider Congregational Specialists to be like “connectional muscle,” equipping the church to make disciples in its own unique way. Learn more in Jessica Connor’s article from The Advocate.


Medina Wilkerson | (864) 226-6649