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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!


    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."