Bailes is interim pastor at Macedonia UMC

Sandra ClarkOur Town Faith

Macedonia United Methodist Church faces change in 2024. The church at 4630 Holston Drive has lost its pastor, the Rev. Steven Hancock, who has relocated to Nashville.

Jim Bailes

In an announcement to the congregation, Hancock said January 28, 2024, will be his last Sunday at Macedonia. “Jim Dougherty will be preaching on February 4. Then, beginning on Feb 11, the Rev. James Robert “Jim” Bailes will serve as interim until June 30.” He wrote. “I have spoken with Jim, and he is ecstatic about spending this time with you. He also has a lot of great ideas to get the church moving forward. I love each of you and pray for the future of the church.”

Hancock said his time at Macedonia has been a blessing in every way and he looks forward to hearing about the church’s growth in the future.

Jim Bailes is a retired Methodist minister who has served at various area churches including Church Street UMC and Emerald Avenue UMC.  He’s got 1.7 K friends on Facebook.


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