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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    Phil Butler hired as Building Maintenance Technician

    June 14, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Please join us in welcoming Phil Butler to the UNY Conference office staff. He is our new, full-time Building Maintenance Technician at the United Methodist Center in Liverpool.

    Phil recently moved back to the Syracuse area after living in Missouri for nine years. Phil’s experience in building maintenance work began by a call from God.

    He said, “The Lord started to draw me back to Him about three years ago. After a lot of prayer and doors closing, I felt directed to attend New Life Assembly of God church. When I walked in the door, the first thing I saw that needed to be done was to clean this 38,000 square ft. church. What started to be a desire to bless the congregation turned into a ministry.  For the next three years, it turned into 35 hours a week in addition to my full-time job of 45 hours a week. God was preparing me to do exactly what I am doing here.”

    Susan Latessa, UNY Conference HR/Office Manager said, “I love having Philip on my team. He is a tremendous addition to the Conference. Philip always has a positive attitude. He is a very good at what he does and is willing to go above and beyond to do anything that is needed to help staff and to maintain the building and grounds.”

    Phil is an animal lover; when he lived in Missouri, he raised goats and horses.

    He feels blessed to be working at UNYUMC and we feel blessed to have him on our staff.


    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."