The Rev. Ann Ferris, newly appointed district superintendent of the Southwest District.

Bishop Gary Mueller has announced the appointment of Rev. Ann Ferris to district superintendent and chief mission strategist for the Southwest District, effective July 1, 2020. 

Ferris is originally from Nottingham, England, and received her undergraduate degree in engineering from Cambridge University in England. She received her M.Div. at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., and was ordained as an elder in the Baltimore-Washington Conference in 2003. 

Serving in the Arkansas Conference since July 2004, Ferris was appointed associate pastor at Christ of the Hills UMC in Hot Springs Village until 2005. She was then appointed as pastor to St. Luke UMC in Little Rock from 2005 to 2011. She served FUMC Corning from 2011 to 2015 and most recently served as pastor of Mena UMC from 2015 – 2019.  

Bishop Mueller shared, “I am delighted to welcome Ann as the district superintendent and chief mission strategist for the Southwest District. She brings many gifts, knows firsthand the opportunities and challenges of smaller and medium-size churches, and is passionate about making disciples of Jesus Christ who are equipped and sent to transform lives, communities and the world.”

Ferris has been married to James Ferris for nine years. She has two daughters, Naomie Fowler (Plant City, FL) and Abigail Osborne (Sterling, VA) and four step-children: Rachel Wages (Maumelle), Chrissy Eubanks (Jerusalem, AR), Jimmy Ferris (Maumelle), and Rebecca McCarter (Madisonville, LA).

In her spare time, she enjoys quilting, knitting and walking her rescue dogs, Tucker and Tanner. 

“I am humbled but excited to embark on this new journey as the district superintendent of the Southwest District. I have developed a passion for small churches and their pastors through my years as a circuit elder in rural parts of our state, so I look forward to working with churches of all sizes in the district. I trust that God will guide me as I work together with all the diverse United Methodists in the district to help make vital congregations that make disciples of Jesus Christ, who make disciples equipped and sent to transform lives, communities and the world,” Ferris said.