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Rev. Cox appointed

Pictured are the Rev. Danny F. Cox, interim pastor of Charleston Otterbein United Methodist Church in Charleston, and his wife Carol.

CHARLESTON -- Bishop Frank J. Beard of Illinois Great Rivers Conference (United Methodist Church) has appointed the Rev. Danny F. Cox as interim pastor of Charleston Otterbein United Methodist Church. The appointment is effective March 1.

Cox grew up in the metro-east area of St. Louis. He is a graduate of Collinsville High School, Illinois State University and Garrett-Evangelical United Methodist Seminary in Evanston.

He has served under appointment for 43 years retiring in 2016. Most recently he served as senior pastor of Shiloh U.M.C. near Belleville, Decatur Grace U.M.C., Crossroads U.M.C in Washington Illinois and interim at Clinton UMC.

Within the conference, he has served as conference chair of evangelism, a delegate to General and Jurisdictional Conferences, chair of the Order of Elders and recipient of the Harry Denman Award for Evangelism.

Cox has been an integral part of communities where he has served. He has been a volunteer fireman, police commissioner and a member of the Lions Club, Rotary, Kiwanis, SERTOMA and parent representative to St. Jude Midwest Affiliate Board of Directors.

His wife, Carol, from Oakland, is a retired science teacher. She currently works with Ameren, teaching energy conservation to children in middle schools throughout the state. They have five children and 12 grandchildren.

Otterbein is located at 2175 East Harrison. Sunday morning worship is at 9:30 a.m. and contains both traditional and contemporary elements. Learn more at or on Facebook “Charleston Otterbein United Methodist Church."


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