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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church

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    UNY Director of Camp & Retreat Ministries pursues new role at Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center

    January 14, 2020 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Mike Huber, the UNY Director of Camp & Retreat ministries has submitted his letter of resignation to the Upper New York Conference.  Mike has been offered an opportunity to become the Vice President of Group Sales and Programming at Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center.

    Mike said, “After a great deal of prayer and discernment, I will be leaving my position in Upper New York at the end of this month.”

    He continued, “When we say, ‘Here I am Lord, send me,’ we should be ready to go where God calls. God is calling me to Lake Junaluska.”

    The mission of Lake Junaluska is to be a place of Christian hospitality where lives are transformed through renewal of soul, mind, and body. Steeped in Wesleyan heritage, celebrates over 100 years of partnership with The United Methodist Church, hosting ministry events and concerts throughout the year. They are open to the public for group retreats, weddings, reunions, family events and vacations.

    While Mike is excited to follow God’s calling, he will miss the many connections he has made in UNY. He said, “Thank you to campers, camper parents, agency partners, donors, dedicated staff, and volunteers that I have had the privilege to serve with the past 27 years.”

    Bill Gottschalk-Fielding, UNY Assistant to the Bishop and Director of Connectional Ministries, said, “I’m grateful for the multiple ways Mike’s leadership has been fruitful across nearly three decades of ministry. He has touched many lives for Christ, including my own. I know he will be a blessing in this new work, and I wish him all the best.”

    Regarding how CRM leadership will take place in Mike’s absence, Bill said, “In the near term, we are looking to fill the Director of CRM in an interim capacity. This makes the most sense as we seek to provide seasoned and steady support to our site directors and CRM staff while remaining mindful of the uncertainties facing the United Methodist Church at the present time. The site directors and staff at our camp and retreat ministry sites are incredible leaders and servants. They will have whatever is needed to continue to offer life-changing ministry to campers and guests at our sites.”

    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."