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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    Meet the new Niagara Frontier District AA-Beth Holdridge

    October 20, 2020 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Please extend a warm welcome to Beth Holdridge, the new Niagara Frontier District Administrative Assistant. She begins her training on Monday Nov. 2. Beth is the daughter of Fred Holdridge, Licensed Local Pastor at Collins Center UMC. Beth grew up in the Forestville UMC congregation, where her father became a lay minister.

    Beth studied art and art history at Robert Wesleyan college. Her major was in painting and sculpture.

    Beth said, “During that time I became very interested in the historical context of the Bible. In the curriculum we were required to study the Old and New Testaments, and I also studied biblical Hebrew for two semesters. The impact of the spread of Christianity on art through history, and likewise how art has shaped our understanding of biblical texts, has also been a continued interest of mine.”

    Beth has a great deal of experience in administrative roles. At ARC of Genesee Orleans in Albion, NY, Beth held two positions–first as an Administrative Assistant and then as a Community Relations Specialist. Prior to that, she worked at JP Morgan Chase, in Binghamton, NY, in various positions – Data Entry Specialist/Remittance Processor/Exceptions Department.  Before working for JP Morgan Chase, Beth worked at Renaissance Art Gallery in Rochester, NY as Gallery Administrative Assistant/Docent.  

    Baking and cooking are two of Beth’s most-loved hobbies. She has a bakery business (specializing in vegan and gluten-free baking) that is on hold right now, due to the kitchen she was renting closing with COVID-19 impacts. As her degree might suggest, she also enjoys art. He most recent focus is on drawing, ink, and watercolors.

    Beth is also interested in human rights and the fight for equality. She said, “I try to spend time educating myself and involving myself in work towards that goal.” 


    With more than 144,000 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."