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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church

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    The Rev. Susan Ranous to be appointed to UNY Connectional Ministries

    May 26, 2020 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Many across the Upper New York (UNY) Conference are already familiar with the Rev. Susan Ranous, a deacon who has been Chair of the UNY Conference Council and Finance and Administration (CF&A) and has her own CPA practice. Rev. Ranous will become an ex. officio member to CF&A effective July 1 and has been appointed to a 1/4-time position for the Conference Office of Connectional Ministries.

    Rev. Ranous will serve in the area of Christian Stewardship. She will help Regions, Districts, and local churches cultivate generosity and wise use of God’s gifts, particularly financial gifts. She will also help churches with any financial concerns they may have. Rev. Ranous will be of help through workshops, webinars, and consultations.

    The Rev. Bill Gottschalk-Fielding, UNY Director of Connectional Ministries and Assistant to the Bishop, said, “Susan lives and breathes Christian stewardship.  She is a working accountant and served as local church pastor.  She understands the challenges local churches face in raising funds for ministry, but always sees the possibilities, not just the problems. That’s because she operates from a theology of abundance, not scarcity.  She believes in a God who is an extravagant giver.”

    Rev. Ranous is excited about the new position; she said, “This is a way for my passion for Christian Stewardship to help people Conference-wide.”

    With more than 134,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 85 new faith communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our vision is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."