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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    Bishop Webb announces AC2019 speakers

    March 22, 2019 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The 2019 Upper New York Annual Conference will be held June 5-8, 2019 at the Oncenter in Syracuse, NY. The quadrennial theme of Together in Prayer continues with an emphasis on Moving beyond our comfort zones. Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb is pleased to announce this year’s speakers.

    This year, the study leader will be the Rev. Dr. Vance Ross; the Memorial Service speaker will be the Rev. Dr. Sherri Rood; and speaker for the Service of Commissioning and Ordination will be Bishop Sandra Steiner-Ball.

    The Rev. Dr. Vance Ross serves as Pastor of the Historic Central UMC in Atlanta GA and is also Dean of the Chapel of Spiritual Life at Emory University. Previously, Dr. Voss served as Director of Annual Conference Relations/Annual Conference Strategist for Vital Congregations at Discipleship Ministries.

    The Rev. Dr. Sherri Rood is currently serving as the District Superintendent of the Cornerstone District for the eighth consecutive year. Prior to role as District Superintendent, Rev. Rood served as pastor of North Chili UMC.

    Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball is the Resident Bishop of the West Virginia Conference and was one of the moderators of the Commission on a Way Forward. Prior to being elected as Bishop and assigned to the West Virginia Conference in 2012, Bishop Steiner Ball served as Director of Connectional Ministries for the Pennisula-Delaware Conference.

    Look for full feature articles on each of these speakers in the coming weeks.

    TAGGED / Annual Conference 2019


    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."