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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 2017-2018 Clergy appointments 

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


    May 16, 2018 Appointment Announcement

    Bishop Mark J. Webb announces the following appointments:

    Adirondack

    • Debra Peacock is appointed as a retired local pastor to West Hebron UMC in addition to her current appointment at Argyle UMC effective July 1, 2018.

    Binghamton

    • Eric L. Jensen is appointed as a provisional elder less than full time to Vestal Center UMC in addition to his appointment at Brookvale UMC effective July 1, 2018.

    Finger Lakes

    • Eunice S. Kim is appointed as a provisional elder to Cortland First UMC effective July 1, 2018.
    • Judith Selover is appointed as a part time local pastor to Port Byron UMC effective July 1, 2018.
    • Charles Valentine is appointed as a part time local pastor to Aloquin-Flint UMC effective July 1, 2018.
    • Patience D. Kisakye is appointed to Palmyra UMC in addition to her current appointment at Lyons UMC effective July 1, 2018.

    Genesee Valley

    • Patrick Dupont is appointed as a full time local pastor to extension ministry at St. Joseph’s House of Hospitality effective July 1, 2018.

    Mountain View

    • Daniel Burgess is appointed as a part time local pastor to Elmira: Oakwood and Pine Valley UMC’s effective July 1, 2018.
    • Dena Stevens is appointed as a full elder to Arkport and Bishopville UMC’s effective July 1, 2018.

    Niagara Frontier

    • James Laun is appointed as a retired elder to Orchard Park: Emmanuel UMC effective July 1, 2018.

    Northern Flow

    • Carl Chamberlain is appointed as a retired elder to Moira UMC in addition to his current appointments at Norfolk UMC, Brushton UMC, and the coordinating pastor for SALT.
    • Lawrence Russell is appointed as a part time local pastor to Sandy Creek and Orwell UMC’s effective July 1, 2018.
    • Nancy Russell is appointed as a full time local pastor to Mannsville & Lorraine UMC’s effective July 1, 2018.

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

    • Alan S. Bill

    May 2, 2018 Appointment Announcement

    Bishop Mark J. Webb announces the following appointments:

    Adirondack

    • Harold Wheat is appointed as a full elder to Salem UMC and Greenwich: Centenary UMC effective July 1, 2018.

    Albany

    • Jeffrey Landon is appointed as an elder of the Indiana Conference to McKownville UMC effective July 1, 2018.

    Crossroads

    • Janet Gleason is appointed as a retired elder interim at First UMC of Minoa effective April 29 – June 30, 2018.

    Finger Lakes

    • Dawn Lanora Cheney is appointed as a part time local pastor to Manchester UMC effective July 1, 2018.
    • Brett Johnson is appointed as a part time local pastor to Seneca Castle UMC in addition to his appointment at Weedsport UMC effective July 1, 2018.
    • Pamela Carey is appointed as a full elder to Dryden UMC effective July 1, 2018.
    • Timothy M. Gleason is appointed as a full elder to Freeville UMC & Truxton/East Homer UMC’s effective July 1, 2018.

    Genesee Valley

    • Jeffrey Aiosa is appointed as a full elder to Elmgrove UMC effective July 1, 2018.
    • Margaret Morin is appointed as a part time local pastor to Churchville UMC effective July 1, 2018.
    • Michael Vercant is appointed as a part time local pastor to Pavilion & Wyoming UMC’s effective July 1, 2018.

    Mohawk

    • Robbin Harris is appointed as a part time local pastor to Lee UMC effective July 1, 2018.
    • Theresa Grescheck is appointed as a part time local pastor to Cedar Lake & Cherry Valley UMC’s effective June 30, 2018.

    Niagara Frontier

    • Giovanna Claudio Cotto is appointed as a part time local pastor to Buffalo: Cleveland Hill and Buffalo: University UMC’s effective April 19, 2018.
    • Ann Robinson is appointed as a retired elder to Johnsonburg UMC in addition to her current appointment at Nunda and her new appointment as coordinating pastor of Warsaw Cluster effective July 1, 2018.
    • Olga Gonzalez is appointed as a full time local pastor to Lyndonville UMC effective July 1, 2018.

    Oneonta

    • Michaela St. Marie is appointed as a full elder to Guilford UMC in addition to her current appointment to Oxford UMC effective July 1, 2018.

    April 18, 2018 Appointment Announcement

    Bishop Mark J. Webb announces the following appointments:

    Genesee Valley

    • Ann Robinson is appointed as a retired elder as coordinating Pastor of Warsaw: First, Warsaw: Immanuel, and Silver Springs UMC’s in addition to her current appointment at Nunda UMC effective July 1, 2018.
    • Cori Louden is appointed as a part time local pastor to Warsaw: First, Warsaw: Immanuel, and Silver Springs UMC’s effective July 1, 2018.

    Mohawk

    • Cory Jones is appointed as a part time local pastor to Mohawk Valley: Trinity UMC effective July 1, 2018.
    • James Barnes II is appointed as a retired Associate Member to St. Johnsville & Van Hornesville UMC’s effective July 1, 2018.

    Mountain View

    • Donald Guiles is appointed as a retired elder to Italy Valley UMC effective July 1, 2018.

    Niagara Frontier

    • Jean Edmister is appointed as a part time local pastor to Amherst: Trinity UMC effective July 1, 2018.

    Northern Flow

    • Penni Farrington is appointed as a full elder to Watertown: Asbury UMC effective July 1, 2018.

    April 4, 2018 Appointment Announcement

    Bishop Mark J. Webb announces the following appointments:

    Adirondack

    • Deborah Waldron is appointed as a retired local pastor as coordinating pastor for Chestertown Community UMC in addition to her current appointment at Bolton Landing: Emmanuel UMC effective March 11, 2018.
    • Scott Tyler is appointed as a full elder as coordinating pastor for Crown Point UMC in addition to his current appointment at Ticonderoga First UMC effective March 25, 2018.

    Finger Lakes

    • Beth Malone is appointed as a full time local pastor to Auburn UMC effective July 1, 2018.

    Genesee Valley

    • Eric Helms is appointed as an elder of Greater New Jersey conference less than full time to Brockport UMC effective July 1, 2018.
    • Wilson Jones is appointed as a full elder to Bergen UMC effective July 1, 2018.
    • Bradford Hunt is appointed as a retired elder to West Barre UMC effective July 1, 2018.

    Niagara Frontier

    • Jessica Glaser is appointed as a provisional deacon to Amherst: Asbury UMC effective July 1, 2018.
    • David Nicol is appointed as a full elder of the New England Conference to Hamburg UMC effective July 1, 2018.
    • Catherine Nicol is appointed as a full elder of the New England Conference to Eden UMC effective July 1, 2018.

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

    • Gail Falsetti
    • Kathy Reese

    March 21, 2018 Appointment Announcement

    Bishop Mark J. Webb announces the following appointments:

    Binghamton

    • Wilfredo Juan Ricardo Baez is appointed to extension ministry as Hospice Chaplain at Guthrie Hospice in addition to his appointment at Endicott First UMC & extension ministry at Greater Binghamton Health Center effective August 23, 2017.

    Cornerstone

    • Charles G. Smith is appointed as a full elder to East Randolph UMC effective July 1, 2018.

    Crossroads

    • Grace Warren is appointed as a full time local pastor to Mexico: First UMC effective July 1, 2018.
    • Daniel Bradley is appointed as a full time local pastor to Faith Journey UMC effective July 1, 2018.

    Genesee Valley

    • Rodney Mileham is appointed as a full elder to Kendall UMC effective July 1, 2018.

    Niagara Frontier

    • Larry Eastlack is appointed as a part-time local pastor to Medina UMC effective July 1, 2018.
    • Kevin Slough is appointed as a full elder to Grand Island: Trinity UMC effective July 1, 2018.

    Oneonta

    • Martha Swords-Horrell is appointed as a full elder to Oneonta First UMC effective July 1, 2018.

    March 7, 2018 Appointment Announcement

    Bishop Mark J. Webb announces the following appointments:

    Adirondack

    • Patricia Molik is appointed as a full elder as coordinating pastor at Whitehall UMC in addition to her current appointment at Hudson Falls UMC effective February 18, 2018.

    Binghamton

    • Eilene Susan Wenner is appointed as a full elder to Windsor UMC effective July 1, 2018.

    Genesee Valley

    • Benjamin Lalka is appointed as a full time local pastor to Victor UMC effective July 1, 2018.
    • Sung Ho Lee is appointed as a full elder to Rochester: Aldersgate UMC effective July 1, 2018.

    Mohawk

    • Anthony Bradseth is appointed as coordinating pastor for Salisbury Center/Stratford UMC’s effective February 26, 2018.

    Mountain View

    • Fred Kelsey is appointed as a retired elder interim to Elmira: Oakwood & Pine Valley UMC’s effective March 1, 2018 – June 30, 2018.

    Northern Flow

    • Mark Pierce is appointed as a retired elder interim to Mannsville/Lorraine UMC’s effective February 18 – June 30, 2018.

    Oneonta

    • Maryellen Moore is appointed to Huntersland UMC in addition to her current appointment at Grosvenor Corners/Middleburgh UMC’s effective April 9, 2018.

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

    • Effective March 1, 2018:

      • Ann Robinson

    • Effective July 1, 2018:

      • James E. Barnes

      • Bradford Hunt

      • Donald M. Langreck

      • Brian Scharf 


    February  22, 2018 Appointment Announcement

    Bishop Mark Webb announces Rev. Dr. Sherri Rood be appointed District Superintendent to the Cornerstone District for an eighth year. Click here to read more.


    February 21, 2018 Appointment Announcement

    Bishop Mark J. Webb announces the following appointments:

    Genesee Valley

    • David Underwood is appointed as a full elder to Canandaigua UMC effective July 1, 2018.

    Northern Flow

    • Mark Pierce is appointed as a retired elder interim to Mannsville/Lorraine UMC’s effective February 18 – June 30, 2018.

    February  19, 2018 Appointment Announcement

    Bishop Mark Webb announces the appointment of Rev. Deborah Earthrowl as Conference Superintendent to the Adirondack District effective July 1, 2018. Click here to read more.


    February 7, 2018 Appointment Announcement

    Bishop Mark J. Webb announces the following appointments:

    Binghamton

    • Barbara Green is appointed as a retired local pastor as Associate at Harpursville & Ouaquaga UMC’s effective February 1, 2018.
    • John Martin is appointed as a full elder as interim coordinating pastor at Windsor UMC effective February 1 – June 30, 2018 in addition to his current appointment at Foundation UMC new faith community.

    Finger Lakes

    • Emily Huyge is appointed as a full elder to Geneva First UMC effective July 1, 2018.
    • Teressa Sivers is appointed as a full elder to Ithaca: St. Paul’s UMC effective July 1, 2018.

    Genesee Valley

    • Richelle Goff is appointed as a full elder to Fairport UMC effective July 1, 2018.
    • Linda Haight is appointed as a full time local pastor to North Ontario UMC effective July 1, 2018.
    • Anthony Hipes is appointed as a full elder to Perry: First UMC effective July 1, 2018.

    Niagara Frontier

    • Matthew French is appointed as a full elder to Springville: First UMC effective July 1, 2018.
    • Raymond Gilman is appointed as a full time local pastor to Clarence Center UMC effective July 1, 2018.

    Oneonta

    • Paul Winkelman is appointed as a Provisional Elder full time to Sidney UMC effective July 1, 2018.

    January 24, 2018 Appointment Announcement

    Bishop Mark J. Webb announces the following appointments:

    Crossroads

    • William Mudge is appointed as a full elder to Baldwinsville First UMC effective July 1, 2018.

    Northern Flow

    • Earl LaLone is appointed as a full time local pastor as the coordinating pastor for Omars-Fishers Landing in addition to his current appointment at Clayton/Depauville UMC’s effective January 1, 2018.

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

    • Bonnie Bates
    • K. Wayne Butler
    • Mark Flandreau
    • Alan Howe
    • Tae Kun Kim
    • Jeri Kober
    • John McNeill
    • Sara Merle
    • Ray Noell
    • Anne O’Connor
    • William Rowe IV
    • Robert Sherburne
    • E. Allen Siebold
    • J. Elyse Skiles
    • Lawrence Wiliford
    • Terry Sue Wiliford
    • B. Lee Williams

    January 10, 2018 Appointment Announcement

    Bishop Mark J. Webb announces the following appointments:

    Adirondack

    • David Schlansker is appointed as a retired elder as coordinating pastor for Chestertown Community UMC effective October 9, 2017.
    • Kelly K. Warner is appointed as coordinating pastor for Rock City Falls: Simpson UMC in addition to her other appointment effective December 3, 2017.
    • Kelly K. Warner is appointed as a full elder, less than full time at Ballston Spa UMC effective January 1, 2018.
    • Jeannette Mann is appointed as a part time local pastor to Hartford UMC in addition to her current appointment at Sanfords Ridge UMC effective January 1, 2018.

    Binghamton

    • Vithaya Osa is appointed as a part time local pastor to the Johnson City: Lao American UMC effective November 13, 2017.
    • Douglas Clark is appointed as a full elder to extension ministry as Director of Spiritual Life at The Children’s Home effective February 1, 2018.

    Cornerstone

    • Rebecca Worth is appointed as a part time local pastor to Cuba UMC effective November 1, 2017.
    • Grace Warren is appointed as a part time local pastor to Gowanda UMC in addition to her current appointment at Forestville UMC effective January 1, 2018.

    Crossroads

    • Sung Ah Choi is appointed as a provisional elder to Marcellus UMC effective July 1, 2018.

    Mountain View

    • Edwin Jaqua is appointed as a part time local pastor to Prattsburgh UMC in addition to his current appointment at Wheeler UMC effective December 1, 2017

    Niagara Frontier

    • William Edmister is appointed as a part time local pastor to Quaker Road UMC in addition to his appointment at Royalton & Joshua Connection effective October 29, 2017.
    • Deanna Finch is appointed as a full deacon to Buffalo Seneca Street UMC full time effective January 1, 2018.
    • Jeffrey Snyder is appointed as a full time local pastor interim to Colden UMC in addition to his current appointment at Boston: Churchill Memorial effective January 1, 2018-June 30, 2018.

    Northern Flow

    • Frances Hemstreet is appointed as a retired elder interim to Natural Bridge UMC effective November 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018.

    Oneonta

    • Thomas E. Pullyblank is appointed as a full elder ½ time to Sidney UMC and ½ time to Extension Ministry as Program Director with the Dispute Resolution Center of Otsego, Delaware and Schoharie Counties effective November 1, 2017
    • Thomas E. Pullyblank is appointed as a full elder full time to Extension Ministry as Program Director with the Dispute Resolution Center of Otsego, Delaware and Schoharie Counties effective January 1, 2018.
    • Cheryl Hine is appointed as a part time local pastor to Sidney UMC effective January 1, 2018 – June 30, 2018.
    • Anna Blinn-Cole is appointed as a provisional elder to Associate at Richmondville in addition to her current appointment at Warnerville & Schoharie Regional Ministry effective December 1, 2017.
    • Jongdeok Park is appointed as a full time local pastor to Cobleskill UMC in addition to his current appointment at Esperance-Sloanville & Gallupville UMCs effective December 1, 2017.

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

    • Gail Conners effective January 1, 2018
    • Brian Rotach effective January 5, 2018
    • Nancy Preston effective July 1, 2018
    • Ted Anderson effective July 1, 2018

    December 18, 2017 Appointment Announcement

    Bishop Mark Webb announces the appointment of Rev. Carlos M. Rosa-Laguer as Conference Superintendent to the Niagara Frontier District effective July 1, 2018. Click here to read more


    October 01, 2017 Appointment Announcement

    Bishop Mark J. Webb announces the following appointments:

    Adirondack

    • Ted Trevail is appointed as a part time local pastor to Lyon Mountain: Memorial UMC effective July 9, 2017.
    • Patricia Molik is appointed as a full elder to Hudson Falls UMC effective September 1, 2017
    • Derek Hansen is appointed as a full elder to Lake Placid: Adirondack Community Church effective September 1, 2017
    • Virginia Cornell is appointed as a retired elder as coordinating pastor for Eagle Bridge/S. Cambridge in addition to her current appointment at Easton and North Cambridge UMC’s effective September 3, 2017.

    Albany

    • Danyal Mohammadzadeh is appointed as a part time local pastor to Valley Falls UMC effective July 17, 2017.
    • David Smith is appointed as a retired elder to Gloversville: North Main Street UMC effective July 17, 2017.
    • Jan Lacey-Markle is appointed as a part time local pastor to Ames-Sprout Book UMC in addition to her appointment in the Oneonta District at Central Bridge UMC effective July 23, 2017.
    • Joel S. Holcomb is appointed as a part time local pastor to Berlin UMC effective September 26, 2017.

    Cornerstone

    • Heather Allport-Cohoon is appointed as a part time local pastor to extension ministry as Chaplain at the GA Home in addition to her current appointment to Falconer and Gerry UMC’s effective September 25, 2017.

    Finger Lakes

    • Charles Valentine is appointed as a part time local pastor to Varna UMC effective September 26, 2017.

    Genesee Valley

    • Enoch Mujanama Renzha is appointed as a part time local pastor to Rochester: Aldersgate UMC effective July 21, 2017.

    Mohawk

    • Donald Kane is appointed as a part time local pastor to Ohio and Cold Brook UMC’s effective September 12, 2017.

    Wendy Morrison is appointed as a part time local pastor to Vernon Center and Westmoreland UMC’s effective September 12, 2017.

    Mountain View

    • Kathy Dye is appointed as a part time local pastor to Breesport & North Chemung UMC’s effective September 1, 2017.

    Niagara Frontier

    • Christopher Hagler is appointed as a part time local pastor to Tonawanda UMC effective September 1, 2017.

    Northern Flow

    • Frances Hemstreet is appointed as a retired elder interim at Natural Bridge UMC effective September 2, 2017- October 31, 2017.
    • Carl Chamberlain is appointed as a retired elder to Brushton in addition to his current appointment at Norfolk UMC effective September 17, 2017.

    Oneonta

    • Jongdeok Park is appointed as a part time local pastor to Esperance-Sloansville and Gallupville UMC’s effective July 19, 2017.

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

    • Richard C. Hurd effective October 31, 2017
    • Patricia Walz effective December 31, 2017

    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."