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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    From the Desk of Bishop Webb: District Superintendent Extensions

    February 13, 2019 / By Bishop Mark J. Webb

    Editor's Note: On Wednesday Feb. 13, 2019, Bishop Webb announced the extension of two District Superintendents' terms in the following letter.

    Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

    Greetings in the wonderful name of Jesus Christ!

    Paragraph 418 of the Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church states that “the normal term for a District Superintendent shall be up to six years, but this may be extended to no more than up to eight years at the discretion of the Bishop, in consultation with the cabinet and the district committee on superintendency.” After, following this process of consultation, I am pleased to share my intention to extend the term of two of Upper New York’s District Superintendents.

    The Rev. Rich Weihing will be extended to an eighth and final year as Superintendent of the Albany District and the Rev. Dr. David Kofahl will be extended to a seventh year as Superintendent of the Binghamton District. 

    Their sense of continued call to the ministry of superintendency, along with their gifts will allow them to continue to offer vital and consistent leadership within the work of the Cabinet, the life of the Annual Conference and in their respective Districts. I am grateful for their willingness to continue to serve in this way.  Please join me in praying for them, their families and the Albany and Binghamton Districts.

    Grace and Peace,

    Bishop Mark J. Webb

    TAGGED / Episcopal Office


    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."