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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    2016 GC, NEJ delegation elections complete

    May 30, 2015 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The slate of delegates for the 2016 General and Northeastern Jurisdictional conferences have been elected.

    The delegates elected, including their ballot of election, are:

    General Conference lay delegates: Dr. Scott Johnson (laity ballot one), Greg Forrester (ballot three), Riley O’Flynn (ballot three), Carmen Vianese (ballot five), Marthalyn Sweet (ballot five), and Blenda Smith (ballot seven).

    General Conference clergy delegates: The Rev. Bill Allen (clergy ballot four), Adirondack District Superintendent the Rev. Bill Mudge (ballot six), Northern Flow District Superintendent the Rev. Rebekah Sweet (ballot seven), the Rev. Colleen Hallagan Preuninger (ballot eight), the Rev. Thom White Wolf Fassett (ballot 12), and the Rev. John Martin (ballot 12).

    NEJ lay delegates: Ian Urriola (laity ballot one), J.J. Warren (ballot one), Ashley Riddell (ballot one), Julius Archibald (ballot one), Laurel O’Connor (ballot one), Shirley Readdean (ballot one), Suzanne Allen (ballot one), and Hudda Aswad (ballot four).

    NEJ clergy delegates: The Rev. Michelle Bogue-Trost (clergy ballot two), the Rev. Holly Nye (ballot two), the Rev. Cathy Hall Stengel (ballot three), Cornerstone District Superintendent the Rev. Sherri Rood (ballot three), Crossroads District Superintendent the Rev. Darryl Barrow (ballot three), the Rev. Aaron Bouwens (ballot three), the Rev. Dr. Stephen Cady (ballot three), and the Rev. Rick LaDue (ballot three).

    Balloting was done primarily with electronic, handheld keypads, except when a member wanted to cast a write-in ballot. Clergy and laity delegate candidates were issued a four-digit number to enable their peers to vote for them. Just prior to casting each ballot, a pre-recorded video of bishops from across the connection leading the session in prayer was displayed on the screens.

    The 2016 General Conference session will be held May 10-20, 2016 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Ore. The theme is “Therefore Go” based on Matthew 28:19-20. The Northeastern Jurisdictional (NEJ) Conference will take place July 11-15, 2016 in Lancaster, Pa.

    TAGGED / Annual Conference 2015


    With more than 168,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 91 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."