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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    Bishop Webb names new district superintendents

    January 11, 2016 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


    Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb is pleased to announce the appointment of two new district superintendents.

    The Rev. Vonda Fossitt, pastor at the High Street United Methodist Church in Binghamton, will be superintendent of the Genesee Valley District.

    The Rev. Everett Bassett, pastor at the Cicero UMC, will be superintendent of the Oneonta District.

    The appointments are effective July 1, 2016.

    “Both Rev. Fossitt and Rev. Bassett offer passionate and gifted leadership. Throughout their pastoral ministry, they have demonstrated a strong commitment to the mission of the Church, while assisting others to experience God’s call and faithfully serve the world around them in the name of Jesus Christ. Each of them has extensive leadership experience within their respective districts; both have served in various capacities in Upper New York, as well as in the predecessor conferences to which they belonged,” Bishop Webb said. “I am thrilled to have them join the work of the Cabinet, and know they will be a gift to us as they offer leadership to the districts and to the Conference as a whole.”

    Current Oneonta District Superintendent the Rev. Jan McClary Rowell announced in November 2015 that she will retire June 30. Genesee Valley District Superintendent the Rev. Ted Anderson will complete his eighth year of service on the Cabinet and will be appointed to a new setting.

    “Rev. Rowell and Rev. Anderson have served with such faithfulness, wisdom and love. They have added much to the work of the Cabinet and the life of Upper New York Conference,” Bishop Webb said. “They will be greatly missed in this role, but we know that God will continue to use their gifts in ways that will bless the Church and help us live our purpose of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

    “I invite you to keep these four servants of Christ, as well as the congregations of High Street and Cicero in your prayers during this time of transition and new beginnings.”

    TAGGED / Communications / Episcopal Office


    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."