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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    Rev. Carlos M. Rosa-Laguer to become Niagara Frontier DS

    December 18, 2017 / By UNY Communications

    Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb is pleased to announce his intention to appoint the Rev. Carlos M. Rosa-Laguer as superintendent of the Niagara Frontier District, effective July 1, 2018.

    Rev. Rosa-Laguer currently serves as pastor of the Emmanuel and Churchville congregations of Rochester, NY, having served Emmanuel since 2000. Carlos has been involved in various leadership positions in Upper New York, as well as a predecessor conference. He has served as Coordinator for Hispanic-Latina ministries and co-director of Hispanic-Latina Planting in cooperation with the Upper New York Conference Office of New Faith Communities. Carlos serves as a consultant and coach with Path1 New Church Starts and Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church. Carlos has also worked with several local congregations in developing ministries to the Hispanic-Latina community.

    “Rev. Rosa-Laguer brings a deep spirituality and a passion for assisting the church in making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world” Bishop Webb said. “Carlos’ heart for walking alongside people as they discover God’s call upon their lives will be a gift to the work of Upper New York and the Niagara Frontier District. I am delighted to have Carlos join the work of the Cabinet.

     Current Niagara Frontier District Superintendent the Rev. Wayne Butler announced in November that he will retire June 30, 2018.  

    “Rev. Butler has served with excellence, faithfulness, wisdom, and love. He has added greatly to the work of the Cabinet and was instrumental in the beginning season of Upper New York’s life.”  Bishop Webb said. “Wayne will be deeply missed in this role, but I celebrate with he and Molly the new chapter of life that they are about to embark upon. I invite you to keep these two servants of Christ, as well as the congregations of Emmanuel and Churchville and the Niagara Frontier District in your prayers during this time of transition and new beginnings.”

    Rev. Rosa-Laguer is a graduate of Garrett-Evangelical Seminary, State University of New York and Inter Americana University in Puerto Rico. He is married to Marta Davila-Velazquez and they have five children and two 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."