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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    Lay Ministry

    Looking for your District Lay Leader or Disrict Lay Servant Director's contact information? Click on your home District for more information: Adirondack, Albany, Binghamton, Cornerstone, Crossroads, Finger Lakes, Genesee Valley, Mohawk, Mountain View, Niagara Frontier, Northern Flow, Oneonta.

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    Contacts for Lay Ministry:

    Susan Hardy: Conference Lay Leader
    Lucina Hallagan: Conference Lay Servant Director

    Susan Hardy: Conference Lay Leader

    Our Conference Lay Leader is Susan G. Hardy. Susan is a retired public school teacher and member of the Brocton Tri-Church Parish in the Cornerstone District. She has served in her local church as a choir member, Sunday School teacher, lay leader, secretary of Administrative Council, and Chair of Administrative Council.

    At District level, Susan has participated on the District Committee on Ordained Ministry since 2012, was appointed District Lay Leader in 2014, chaired the Superintendency Committee and District Leadership Team, served on the Lay Servant Committee, and continues to offer messages in many churches as a Certified Lay Speaker.

    Susan attended her first Annual Conference as a lay member in 2011. She was nominated to the Reaching Our Neighbors Mission Oversight Team in the fall of 2011 and served as convener from 2012-2016. She was invited to join the FACT team in 2014-15, and participated in the Board of Laity and Nominations Team from 2014-16.

    Leadership is familiar to Susan. She has served as president of a school board, and chair of a county political party, among numerous other roles.

    Susan is married to Randy Hardy, and they have a daughter, Amanda, and a son, Adam. 

    Lucina Hallagan: Conference Lay Servant Director

    Phone: (315) 945-9444

    Lucina has a degree in Human Resources Management from RIT. She currently works as H.R. Manager at Hallagan Furniture, has been a Lay Servant since 1991, a District Director of Lay Servant Ministries from 2012 to 2016 and currently is the Upper New York Conference Director. She has been a member of Newark First UMC her entire life and has faithfully served in many areas of ministry including Small Group Leader, Youth Mission Leader, Sunday School teacher and now as Media Ministry Director.  Lucina also serves on the Finger Lakes District Superintendency Team.  Lucina is married to Steve, has three children, Rev. Colleen Preuninger, Maggie and Andrew Hallagan. She uses Acts 20:24 (MSG) as an anchor scripture for her life: “What matters most to me is to finish what God started: the job the Master Jesus gave me of letting everyone I meet know all about this incredibly extravagant generosity of God.”

    With more than 168,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 86 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."