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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    Bishop Mark J. Webb names new Northern Flow District Superintendent and extends three others

    January 23, 2017 / By Stephen J. Hustedt / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb is pleased to announce the appointment of the Rev. Mike Weeden as a Conference Superintendent assigned to the Northern Flow District effective July 1, 2017.

    Rev. Weeden currently serves Fulton: First United Methodist Church in the Crossroads District. He first sensed God calling him into ministry as a student at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania where   He received a B.A. in Religious Studies in 1982.  He completed his Masters of Divinity at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia in 1986.  

    Rev. Weeden is also currently a member of the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry and is the chairperson of the Crossroads District Missional Leadership team as well.

    Rev. Weeden is married to Ellen Weeden and they are parents of four grown children. They are also proud grandparents to four young grandchildren.

    Bishop Webb said, “Rev. Weeden has demonstrated a commitment to Christ and a passion for the Church throughout his life and pastoral ministry. His gifts will be a blessing to the people of the Northern Flow District and his leadership will offer much to the overall ministry of The Upper New York Conference. Mike has served in various district and Conference leadership roles and will bring to this new task a contagious spirit and the heart of a servant. I am excited to welcome Mike and Ellen to this new form of ministry and encourage you to pray for them, the Fulton First congregation and the people of the Northern Flow District.”

    Rev. Weeden will be replacing Rev. Rebekah Sweet as Superintendent of the Northern Flow District. Rev. Sweet will be returning to pastoring a local church after six faithful years serving as the Northern Flow District Superintendent.

    “Rev. Sweet has served the Northern Flow District with grace and passion. I am grateful for the leadership Beckie has provided at the Cabinet table, as well as in many other arenas of the Conference,” expressed Bishop Webb.  “I invite you to pray for Beckie, Birney, and their family as they travel toward this new chapter of ministry and mission.”

    In addition to naming Rev. Mike Weeden as the Superintendent of the Northern Flow District, Bishop Webb is pleased to announce that after consultation with each respective District Committee on Superintendency, he will be extending the Rev. Wayne Butler, the Rev. Dr. Sherri Rood, and the Rev. William (Bill) Mudge to a seventh year in their terms as District Superintendents.


    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."