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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    The Rev. Suzanne Block to become District Superintendent of the Cornerstone District

    January 21, 2019 / By Upper New York Communications

    Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb is pleased to announce this intention to appoint the Rev. Suzanne Block as a Conference Superintendent assigned to the Cornerstone District effective July 1, 2019.

    Rev. Block currently serves Christ United Methodist Church, Olean, NY. Rev. Block has been involved in various Conference and District leadership roles, including as a current member of Board of Ordained Ministry, Cornerstone District Committee on Ministry, and Cornerstone District Leadership Team. She has served as a local pastor mentor and has been involved in ecumenical and community partnerships.

    ”Reverend Block has demonstrated a commitment to Christ and a passion for the Church throughout her life and pastoral ministry. Her clear understanding of the purpose of the Church and desire to see congregations live out that purpose will be a gift to the Upper New York Conference and the Cornerstone District” Bishop Webb said. “I am grateful to welcome Suzanne to this new form of ministry and encourage you to pray for her, the Christ, Olean congregation, and the people of the Cornerstone District”.

    Rev. Block will be replacing the Rev. Dr. Sherri Rood as Superintendent of the Cornerstone District. Rev. Rood will be returning to pastoring a local church after eight faithful years serving as the Cornerstone District Superintendent.

    “Dr. Rood has served the Cornerstone District with grace, passion and compassion.  Upper New York has been blessed by Sherri’s leadership and I’m extremely grateful for the excellent leadership Sherri has provided at the cabinet table, as well as in many other arenas of the Conference”, Bishop Webb stated. “Sherri will be deeply missed in this role, but I celebrate the next chapter that she and Bob will experience in ministry and service. I invite you to pray for Sherri and Bob as they travel toward this new chapter”.

    Rev. Block is a graduate of Niagara Community College, Daemen College and United Theological Seminary.


    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."