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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    Bishop Webb names Rev. Earthrowl as Adirondack District Superintendent

    February 19, 2018 / By UNY Communications

    Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb is pleased to announce his intention to appoint the Rev. Deborah Earthrowl as Superintendent of the Adirondack District, effective July 1. 

    Rev. Earthrowl currently serves as pastor of the Salem and West Hebron United Methodist churches in the Adirondack District. She has been involved in various leadership positions in Upper New York, as well as a predecessor conference.  She currently serves on the UNY Board of Ordained Ministry, the UNY New Faith Community Leadership Team, and serves as a coach with the coaching network through Vital Congregations. Rev. Earthrowl is also currently a member of the Adirondack District Leadership Team and has been a volunteer director at Skye Farm for nearly 20 years. 

    Previously, Rev. Earthrowl served on UNY Town & Country Ministries, the Troy Conference Small Membership Church Committee, the Troy Conference Board of Ordained Ministry as the diaconal ministry representative, and the Troy Conference Diaconal Ministries Committee. 

    “Rev. Earthrowl brings a contagious love for Jesus and a commitment for assisting the church in making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world,” Bishop Webb said. “Debbie’s experience and love for ministry in all settings, specifically rural ministry, will be a gift to the work of Upper New York and the Adirondack District.  Her knowledge of and relationships with clergy and laity in the Adirondack District will be a great blessing and asset in this role. I am delighted to have Debbie join the work of the Cabinet.

    Current Adirondack District Superintendent the Rev. William Mudge will be appointed to First United Methodist Church in Baldwinsville, effective July 1.

    “Rev. Mudge has served with faithfulness, passion and love.  He has been a steady presence in the work of the Cabinet and throughout the UNY Conference, living out his commitment to Christ and the Church with a servant’s heart,” Bishop Webb said. “Bill will be missed in this role, but I celebrate with he and Shari this new beginning in ministry and mission.

    “I invite you to keep these two servants of Christ, as well as the congregations of Salem, West Hebron, First Baldwinsville, and the Adirondack District in your prayers during this time of transition,” Bishop Webb said.

    Rev. Earthrowl has a Master of Divinity from Drew University, a Master of library and information science from SUNY Albany, and a Bachelor of Science in secondary education from SUNY Oneonta. She is married to Jonathan Earthrowl, and they have three children and seven grandchildren.


    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."