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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    Bishop’s Retreat

    Save the dates!

    The 2019 Bishop's Retreat is October 22-24, 2019 at the RIT Inn and Conference Center in Rochester, NY. The theme is, “Biblical Risk Takers” and the keynote speaker is the Rev. Grace Imathiu.

    About Rev. Grace Imathiu

    On July 1, 2018, Bishop Sally Dyck appointed the Rev. Grace Imathiu as senior pastor at First United Methodist Church in Evanston, Illinois. Rev. Grace Imathiu was appointed Senior Pastor of Community UMC in July 2012 after serving eight years as Lead Pastor in Brown Deer, Wisconsin and earlier as Senior Pastor at Green Bay UMC, a position which included season tickets to Packers games. Go Pack Go!  Rev. Imathiu has also served churches in Kenya as a church planter; a superintendent minister overseeing 68 rural churches in Nkubu; and an urban minister to an ecumenical congregation in Nairobi with strong outreach to the neighboring slums of Kawangware. Pastor Grace is intimately familiar with the Church in its many theological expressions and social locations.

    With more than 168,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 91 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."