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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church

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    Sue Russell named Director of Asbury Camp and Retreat Center

    February 27, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The UNY Conference is pleased to announce that Sue Russell has been named Director of Asbury Camp and Retreat Center. Having served as the Interim Director of Asbury since the spring of 2016, Sue’s history at Asbury is notable. Sue was hired in June of 2011 at Asbury as the Guest Services Coordinator. In February of 2015, she became the Assistant Director.

    The UNY Director of Camp & Retreat Ministries, Mike Huber, said, “Sue brings a passion for Christian education and a wealth of experience at Asbury. Her strong gifts of Christian hospitality and guest services are exciting to have on the team.”

    Sue’s connection to camping and Christian education is remarkable. She grew up in Central New York where she attended youth retreats at Casowasco with her home church, the Clyde UMC. She graduated with a B.S. in Plant Science from Cornell University. She completed diaconal studies and certification in Youth Ministry from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. In 1997, she was ordained a Deacon in the UMC through the Detroit Annual Conference. She served churches in Michigan and Western New York as a Youth/Associate Pastor until 2010. Over the years, she has volunteered at Judson Collins Camp & Retreat Center in Michigan and at Asbury Camp & Retreat Center, as a camp counselor, dean, and ministry team member.

    Reflecting on goals Sue hopes to accomplish in her new role, Sue said, "With God as my guide, I look forward to continuing to offer excellent Christian hospitality to all guests who come to Asbury in order for them to grow closer to God. I would like to move forward with renovations on our Willmott Lodge and Brown Cottage. I would like to take time to review the Master Site Plan and begin to formulate plans about how we could accomplish making some much needed building additions to accommodate more retreat guests."

    You can learn more about the ministry of Asbury Camp and Retreat Center at

    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."