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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    about / Connectional Ministries

    Connectional Ministries Staff

    Rev. William Gottschalk-Fielding

    Director of Connectional Ministries
    Email | Phone: (315) 898-2020

    Responsible Areas/Functions:

    • Strategic and day-to-day alignment of human and financial resources with the purpose of the annual conference 

    Rev. Aaron Bouwens

    Director of Vital Congregations 
    Email | Phone: (315) 898-2000 Ext. 2014

    Responsible Areas/Functions:

    • Hand to Plow
    • Vital Congregations

    Rev. Dave Masland

    Director of New Faith Communities
    Email | Phone: (315) 898-2000 Ext. 2013 

    Responsible Areas/Functions:

    • New Faith Community Development

    Karen Campolieto

    Administrative Assistant 
    Email | Phone: (315) 898-2000 Ext. 2015

    Responsible Areas/Functions:

    • General Questions regarding Vital Congregations, New Faith Communities and Communications, and events

    Cherish McGowan

    Administrative Assistant
    Email | Phone:  (315) 898-2000 Ext. 2012 

    Responsible Areas/Functions:

    • All General Connectional Ministry calls, Committees, Boards and Teams
    • Mission Events
    • District Days
    • Preconference Events
    • Nominations Reports; Team Membership maintenance
    • Safe Sanctuaries and Background Checks

    Diane Miner

    Resource Center Director
    Email | Phone: (315) 898-2027

    Responsible Areas/Functions:

    • Resources and Materials that support the spiritual formation, leadership development and outreach ministries of Conference leaders and congregations

    With more than 168,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 867 local churches and 65 new faith communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our mission is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."