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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    Clergy Appointments

    Clergy in The United Methodist Church are individuals who serve as elders, deacons, commissioned ministers, and local pastors under appointment of a bishop (full and part-time), who hold membership in an annual conference, and who are commissioned, ordained or licensed. 

    Click here for the full list of the 2018-2019 Clergy appointments 

    Wondering how clergy appointments are made? Click here to read about the process.

    September 30, 2018 Appointment Announcement

    Bishop Mark J. Webb announces the following appointments:

    Adirondack

    • John Iseman is appointed as a full time local pastor to Schuylerville and Quaker Springs UMC’s effective September 24, 2018.
    • Nina Dickinson is appointed to Long Lake: Calvary UMC in addition to her current appointment at Indian Lake and Blue Mountain Lake effective September 23, 2018.

    Albany

    • Rusingizwa John Bizimana is appointed as a part time local pastor to Albany: Emmaus UMC effective August 1, 2018.

    Binghamton

    • Leon Jicha is appointed as a part time local pastor to Abbott: West Chenango UMC effective July 13, 2018.

    Cornerstone

    • Rebecca Ward is appointed as a part time local pastor to Ripley and South Ripley UMC’s effective August 1, 2018.
    • Westley Tessey is appointed as a part time local pastor to Wesley UMC in addition to his current appointment at East Otto UMC effective August 1, 2018.
    • Linda Harris is appointed as a retired elder to Minetto UMC in addition to her current appointment at Oswego: Trinity UMC.

    Crossroads

    • Sung Ah Choi is appointed as a provisional elder to Marcellus UMC effective September 10, 2018.
    • Roselynn Kingsbury is appointed as a part time local pastor to Onondaga Nation UMC effective September 24, 2018.
    • Rev. Linda Harris, retired elder is appointed Minetto.

    Finger Lakes

    • John Lanni is appointed as a part time local pastor to Vine Valley UMC effective July 23, 2018.
    • Debra Roher is appointed as a part time local pastor to Benton UMC effective July 23, 2018.
    • Robin Blair is appointed as a full elder to Harmony UMC in addition to her current appointment at Ithaca: Forest Home UMC effective August 1, 2018.
    • Marsha King is appointed as a retired local pastor to Moravia UMC effective September 30, 2018.
    • Rebecca Laird is appointed to personal leave of absence as of September 1, 2018.
    • Sung Jun Park is appointed as an elder from the Sam Nam Conference to Homer: First UMC effective September 1, 2018.

    Genesee Valley

    • Cindy Toenniessen is appointed as a full elder to extension ministry as Palliative Care Chaplain at Rochester General Hospital effective July 9, 2018.

    Mountain View

    • Holly Strickland is appointed as a part time local pastor to Elmira: Westside & Webb Mills UMC’s effective September 25, 2018.

    Oneonta

    • Eda Dorosky is appointed as a part time local pastor to Bainbridge UMC effective July 23, 2018.
    • Fred Albrecht is appointed as a retired elder part time to Otego UMC effective September 1, 2018.

    Bishop Webb announces the following retirements pending approval of clergy session:

    • Jan Hubbard effective October 1, 2018
    • Gary Freeland effective July 1, 2019

    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."