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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    Clergy Appointments

    Clergy in The United Methodist Church are individuals who serve as elders, deacons, commissioned ministers, and local pastors under appointment of a bishop (full and part-time), who hold membership in an annual conference, and who are commissioned, ordained or licensed. 

    Click here for the full list of 2021 Clergy appointments as of July 7, 2021.

    Wondering how clergy appointments are made? Click here to read about the process.


    May 4, 2022

    Bishop Mark J. Webb and the Upper New York Conference intend to make the following appointments, effective July 1, 2022:

    Adirondack

    • Nancy Russell as a full-time licensed local pastor to Schuylerville & Quaker Springs UMCs effective July 1, 2022.

    Albany

    • Jim Knapp as a full elder to Round Lake UMC in addition to his current appointment at Pittstown UMC effective July 1, 2022.

    Binghamton

    • Mary Jean Simonin as a full elder to Hawleyton/Conklin Forks UMCs effective July 1, 2022.

    Northern Flow

    • Benjamin Lalka as a full-time local pastor to Gouverneur First and North Gouverneur UMCs effective July 1, 2022.
    • David West as a full-time local pastor to United Church of Cape Vincent effective July 1, 2022.

    Bishop Webb announces the following retirements pending approval of clergy session:

    • Robert McCarthy

    April 20, 2022

    Bishop Mark J. Webb and the Upper New York Conference announce the following ad interim appointments:

    Albany

    • Rebecca Richards as a full-time local pastor to Albany: Trinity UMC effective April 6, 2022.

    Cornerstone

    • Carlisle Gross as a part-time local pastor to Limestone UMC and Napoli UMC effective April 6, 2022.

    Genesee Valley

    • Abdias Joey Ayala as a part-time local pastor to Rochester: Emmanuel UMC effective April 10, 2022.

    Oneonta

    • Howard (Russ) Underwood as a full-time local pastor to Worcester UMC and Richmondville UMC effective April 6, 2022

    Bishop Mark J. Webb and the Upper New York Conference intend to make the following appointments, effective July 1, 2022:

    Albany

    • Dion Marquit as a full-time local pastor to Valley Falls UMC & Living Hope UMC effective July 1, 2022.

    Mohawk

    • Matthew Worley as a full-time local pastor to Dolgeville, Oppenheim, and Stratford UMCs effective July 1, 2022.

    Bishop Webb announces the following retirements pending approval of clergy session:

    • William B. Verity
    • Dana Horrell

    April 6, 2022

    Bishop Mark J. Webb and the Upper New York Conference intend to make the following appointments, effective July 1, 2022:

    Albany

    • Douglas Mackey as a full elder to Schenectady: Faith UMC and Scotia UMC effective July 1, 2022

    Mountain View

    • Andrew Pollock as a full elder to Pine City: Pennsylvania Avenue UMC effective July 1, 2022.

    March 23, 2022

    Bishop Mark J. Webb and the Upper New York Conference announce the following ad interim appointments: 

    Genesee Valley

    • Daniel Carr as a retired local pastor to Carlton UMC effective April 24, 2022.
    • Jeri Kober as a retired local pastor to Dansville UMC effective April 1, 2022.

    Bishop Mark J. Webb and the Upper New York Conference intend to make the following appointments, effective July 1, 2022:

    Albany

    • Steven Smith as a full elder appointed to First UMC of Delmar effective July 1, 2022.

    Binghamton

    • Christiane Depestre as a full elder to Binghamton: Boulevard UMC effective July 1, 2022.

    Crossroads

    • Se Gye Shin as a provisional elder to Jordan UMC effective July 1, 2022.
    • Ruth Rosa Warner to Fulton: First UMC effective July 1, 2022.

    March 9, 2022

    Bishop Mark J. Webb and the Upper New York Conference intend to make the following appointments, effective July 1, 2022:

    Crossroads

    • Ejaz Abid as a full-time local pastor to Collamer United and East Syracuse: First United Churches effective July 1, 2022.

    Genesee Valley

    • Matthew Finch as a full-time local pastor to Farmington UMC effective July 1, 2022.
    • Kim Ferrel as a full elder to Penfield UMC effective July 1, 2022.

    Bishop Webb announces the following retirements pending approval of clergy session:

    Effective July 1, 2022

    • Thomas Easttey
    • John R. Tyson
    • Kathy Kerr-Carpenter
    • Kandice Caldwell Joyce
    • Stephen Jackson

    February 23, 2022

    Bishop Mark J. Webb and the Upper New York Conference announce the following ad interim appointments:

    Adirondack

    • Bruce Hazard as a retired local pastor as Coordinating Pastor for Porter Corners UMC in addition to his current appointments at Fortsville and Lake Luzerne effective February 6, 2022.

    Bishop Mark J. Webb and the Upper New York Conference intend to make the following appointments, effective July 1, 2022:

    Albany

    • Christian Jewell as a full-time local pastor to Queensbury UMC effective July 1, 2022.
    • Amy Gregory as a full elder to Burnt Hills effective July 1, 2022.
    • Danyal Mohammadzadeh as a full-time local pastor to East Greenbush effective July 1, 2022.

    Binghamton

    • Sundar Samuel as a retired elder to Vestal UMC effective July 1, 2022.

    Crossroads

    • Jefferson C. Niles as an elder from another Methodist Denomination to Cicero UMC effective July 1, 2022.

    Mohawk

    • Glen Hardman as a full elder to Sherill: Christ Church effective July 1, 2022.

    Mountain View

    • Jeffrey McDowell as a full elder to Horseheads UMC effective July 1, 2022.

    Bishop Webb announces the following retirements pending approval of clergy session:

    Effective July 1, 2022

    • Cheryl A. Brown
    • Rhonda L. Kouterick

    February 9, 2022

    Bishop Mark J. Webb and the Upper New York Conference announce the following ad interim appointments:

    Adirondack

    • Paul Dufford as a retired associate member to North Granville UMC effective February 1, 2022.

    Genesee Valley

    • Matthew Finch as a part-time local pastor to Naples: Trinity Federated church in addition to his current appointment at Hemlock UMC effective January 1, 2022.

    Mountain View

    • Beverly Davenport as a retired local pastor to Erin/Sullivanville effective February 1, 2022.

    Bishop Mark J. Webb and the Upper New York Conference intend to make the following appointments, effective July 1, 2022:

    Binghamton

    • Nancy J. Adams as a full elder to Owego UMC effective July 1, 2022.

    Cornerstone

    • Jennifer Piatt as a provisional elder to Jamestown: Christ First UMC effective July 1, 2022.

    Bishop Webb announces the following retirements pending approval of clergy session:

    • Pamela Harris effective April 1, 2022

    Effective July 1, 2022:

    • Michael K. Willis

    January 25, 2022

    Bishop Mark J. Webb announced the appointment of an interim Genesee Valley District Superintendent effective immediately. Click here to read more.


    January 17, 2022

    The Rev. Dr. Sherri Rood and the Rev. Bob Kolvik-Campbell to be appointed as District Superintendents effective July 1, 2022. Click here to learn more.


    January 11, 2022

    Bishop Mark J. Webb and the Upper New York Conference announce the following ad interim appointments:

    Cornerstone

    • Brandon Meacham as a full-time local pastor to Sinclairville: Park UMC effective January 1, 2022.
    • Thomas Holland as a full-time local pastor to Bemus Point UMC effective January 1, 2022.

    Crossroads

    • Se Gye Shin as a part-time local pastor to Onativia & Apple Valley UMC’s effective October 20, 2021.
    • Lori Wyman as a part-time local pastor to Oswego: Trinity UMC effective October 20, 2021.
    • David Buzard as a part-time local pastor to Camillus: First UMC effective October 20, 2021.

    Genesee Valley

    • Sara Merle as a retired elder to Carlton UMC effective November 28, 2021.

    Finger Lakes

    • Ann Brown as a full-time local pastor to Red Creek-Westbury and Sterling UMC’s effective December 9, 2021.
    • Penny Sutterby as a part-time local pastor to Freeville and Harmony UMC’s effective December 9, 2021.
    • Jeanine Biehls as a part-time local pastor to Tyre UMC effective December 9, 2021.

    Mohawk

    • Robert Farmer as a retired elder to Freysbush UMC in addition to his current appointment at Canajoharie effective January 1, 2022.

    Niagara Frontier

    • Christopher Hagler as a part-time local pastor to Bowmansville UMC in addition to his current appointment at Tonawanda UMC effective November 28, 2021.

    Northern Flow

    • Hattie Taylor as a part-time local pastor to Potsdam, Massena Grace, and Hogansburg UMC’s effective December 9, 2021.
    • Wilbert Gamble as an elder or another denomination to Colton UMC effective August 26, 2021.

    Bishop Webb announces the following retirements pending approval of clergy session:

    • Laurel Jordan effective January 1, 2022

    Effective July 1, 2022

    • Holly Nye
    • David Piatt
    • James Stevens
    • Denise Gisotti
    • Anne I Cole
    • Susan Hadley
    • Susan Crawson-Brizzolara
    • Mark Parsons

    October 1, 2021

    Bishop Mark J. Webb and the Upper New York Conference announce the following ad interim appointments:

    Adirondack

    • Elizabeth Mowry as a retired elder to Malta Ridge UMC effective August 8, 2021.
    • Deborah Waldron as a retired local pastor to Whitehall UMC effective September 1, 2021.

    Albany

    • Quincie Yamin as a full-time local pastor to Voorheesville: First UMC effective September 15, 2021.

    Cornerstone

    • Nancy Preston as a retired local pastor to Delevan UMC effective October 1, 2021.
    • Cynthia Hull as a part-time local pastor to West Valley: St. Paul’s UMC in addition to her current appointment at Machias UMC effective October 1, 2021.

    Crossroads

    • Diane DiLuzio as a retired elder interim at Cicero UMC effective July 5, 2021.
    • Susan Ranous as a full Deacon interim at Cicero UMC in addition to her current appointments at Susan Ranous, CPA and UNY Christian Stewardship effective July 5, 2021.

    Genesee Valley

    • Michael Whitcomb-Tavey as a full-time local pastor to Conesus/Scottsburg UMC’s effective July 23, 2021.
    • Patrick Dupont as a provisional deacon as Director of Outreach Center at Asbury First UMC effective July 19, 2021.

    Finger Lakes

    • Patience Kisakye as a full elder to medical leave effective August 9, 2021.
    • David Herrmann as a retired elder to Newark: First UMC effective August 15, 2021.

    Mohawk

    • Jane Sautter as a retired elder interim at Clinton UMC effective July 1, 2021 – September 30, 2021.

    Mountain View

    • Dena Stevens as a full elder to Canisteo UMC in addition to her current appointment at Arkport UMC effective August 1, 2021.
    • Leonard Fuller as a part-time local pastor to Bishopville UMC in addition to his current appointment at Hornell UMC effective August 1, 2021.

    Niagara Frontier

    • Rebecca Naber as a full deacon to Kenmore UMC as Pastor of Discipleship & Outreach effective September 1, 2021.

    Northern Flow

    • Kevin Kitto as a full-time local pastor to Adams/Sulphur Springs UMC’s effective July 23, 2021.

    Oneonta

    • Deokryeol Bak as a full-time local pastor to Milford UMC effective September 15, 2021.

    Bishop Webb announces the following retirements pending approval of clergy session:

    • Augustus Jordan effective September 1, 2021
    • David Carnie effective September 1, 2021
    • Jane Bensley to Honorable location retired effective September 1, 2021
    • Kevin Grish effective July 1, 2022

    With more than 134,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 85 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."