“As they go to their new appointments we invited the community to join with us in wishing them well,” a church spokesman said.
A “Farewell Reception” will be held on Sunday, beginning at 9:15 a.m., in the Rymer Garden at Broad Street UMC.
Shell, who was born and raised in Athens, has served in the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church since 1976.
After graduating from Emory & Henry College and the Candler School of Theology, he has served in the Oak Ridge, Maryville, Cleveland and Bristol, Va., districts.
Reed came to Broad Street UMC from State Street UMC in Bristol. He and his wife, Cathy, have three children, who are grown and pursuing their own careers.
Reed will continue his ministry at Hixson UMC in Hixson.
Stokes began working at Broad Street UMC in January 1999 as associate director of programs, working with the children and the senior adults.
In June 2001, she became the associate pastor. She was licensed during that year, completed the candidacy process and was ordained a full elder in the United Methodist Church at Holston Annual Conference in June of 2007.
She has served Broad Street UMC as associate pastor for 11 years. She is married to Michael Stokes, vice president of Student Services at Cleveland State, and they have two children. Debbie will be going to Apison UMC in Apison.
Individuals attending the reception in Rymer Garden should enter from Worth Street or Central Avenue sides of the church.
Broad Street UMC is located in downtown Cleveland. For more information or directions, you may contact the church office at 476-5586.
This reception is between church services. The public is invited to attend any of the four services that day: 8:30 a.m., Sanctuary; 8:45 a.m. in Triplett Hall; 10:45 a.m., Sanctuary; and 10:45 a.m., in Triplett Hall.