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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    Nominations report presented at AC2020

    October 3, 2020 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    This year’s nominations report, presented at the Upper New York Annual Conference, held Oct. 3, 2020, was different than prior years due to the pandemic. 

    The Rev. Tony Hopes brought forth the nominations report, encouraging people to submit nominations using this form.

    Because of the pandemic, General Conference 2020 was postponed until September of next year. This change also shifted the beginning of the new quadrennium from January 1, 2021 to January 1, 2022.  Because the Book of Discipline and our Conference rules tie the terms of service for several Conference teams to the completion of General Conference or the start of a new quadrennium, the end date for these team members in the class of 2020 is extended into 2021.  These teams include:

    • Council on Finance and Administration
    • Administrative Review Committee
    • Committee on Investigation
    • Committee on Episcopacy
    • Conference Director of Lay Speaking
    • District Lay Leaders
    • District Directors of Lay Speaking
    • College Ministries Team
    • Global Ministries Team
    • Social Holiness Team

    An interim board of ordained ministry has also been elected due these changes. This board will serve until the 2021 Annual Conference when a new board will be elected for the new quadrennium.

    Several Conference leaders elected by the Annual Conference have also had their terms extended until next Annual Conference due to the postponed General Conference and the delayed start to the new quadrennium. These include the Conference Secretary, Conference Chancellor, and Conference Treasurer.

    The Conference Lay Leader’s term is also extended but because Susan Hardy is stepping down, Drew Griffin, former Associate Lay Leader is the Conference Lay Leader this year.  Jessica White is now the Associate Lay Leader.

    New York State’s requirement that we elect Conference trustees by written ballot means new trustees can’t be elected during our virtual session. The Book of Discipline does allow the Bishop and Cabinet, on recommendation of the nominating committee, to fill vacancies ad interim (between sessions of Annual Conference). The nominating report lists the three persons who will be appointed using this provision. They will serve only until our 2021 Annual Conference when new trustees will be elected by Conference members using a written ballot. 

    The Conference level nominations were supported by 98 percent of voters.

    The District level nominations were supported by 98 percent of voters

    The entire nominations report was supported by 99 percent of voters.

    Click here to view the most recent nominations report.

    TAGGED / Annual Conference 2020


    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."