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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    Lay Ministry

    Looking for your District Lay Leader'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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    Conference Lay Leader

    Our 2016 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. 

    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."