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    United Methodists of Upper New YorkLiving the Gospel. Being God's Love.


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    2024 Retirements

    Starting Feb. 1, clergy members wishing to retire will be listed here. The Upper New York cabinet and Board of Ordained Ministry thank our 2024 retirees for their faithful servant leadership over the years. 


    Kevin Austin

    PL 2014
    2014 (UNY)(9/29/14) PL: Erin & Sullivanville (50%); 2021 Corning: Grace, South Corning (75%); 2024 Retired


    Anne Bey Canfield

    PM 1988 FM 1990
    1988 (WYO) Camptown 1992 Sayre 1994 Family Leave 1995 Owego, Associate LFT 1997 Family Leave 1998 Barton LFT 1999 Barton/Halsey Valley LFT 2000 Waverly, NY; 2010 (UNY) Waverly; 2017 North Rose; 2019 Watertown: First; 2021 Watertown: First; CP: Alexandria Bay; 2021 (1/1/22) Watertown: First; 2023 Watertown First


    Insook Do

    PL 1994 PD 2009 FD 2012
    1994 (Troy) PL: Galway (50%) 2005 No Appointment 2009 (TROY) Hospice, St. Peters Hospital, Albany 2010 (UNY) Hospice, St. Peters Hospital, Albany; 2011 Not appointed; 2012 FD: Hospice, St. Peter’s Hospital, Albany 2013 Chaplain/Counselor, Capital City Rescue Mission New Faith Family Center for Homeless Women, Albany; 2017 (7/25/17) Transitional Leave; 2018 50% Appt. In East Ohio Conference


    Todd R. Goddard

    PM 1986 FM 1988
    1986 (NCNY) Dresden, Milo Center; 1989 Canandaigua, Associate; 1991 Palmyra; 1998 Palmyra; Port Gibson; 1999 Disability Leave; 2001 (3/19/01) Honeoye Falls LFT; 2001 (7/1/01) Walworth/West Walworth: Zion; 2003 West Walworth: Zion (50%); 2005 (9/28/05) Transfer to WNY Conference; 2005 (12/1/05) W. Walworth: Zion, Alzheimer's Assoc Learning Inst; 2010 (UNY) W. Walworth: Zion, Alzh's Assoc Lrng Inst; 2011 W. Walworth: Zion, Alzheimer Assoc.; 2012 (1/20/2012) W. Walworth Zion (25%); 2012 W. Walworth: Zion (50%); 2013 E. Rochester/W. Walworth Zion; 2014 Ltf: E Rochester / W. Walworth Zion (75%); 2018 W. Walworth Zion/E. Rochester (100%); 2019 Rush; 2024 Retired


    Bruce Hazard

    SY 2019 PL 2019 RL 2021
    2019 Willsboro/Reber (50%); 2019 (11/4/19) Willsboro/Reber (50%); 2021 RL Lake Luzerne, Fortsville (75%); 2021 (2/6/22) RL: Lake Luzerne, Fortsville (75%); CP: Porter Corners; 2023 Retired 11/1/23


    Frederick L. Holdridge

    PL 2011
    2011 (UNY) PL: Collins Center (25%); 2012 (10/1/12) PL: Collins Center, Gowanda (50%); 2013 (6/22/2014) PL: Collins Center (25%); 2024 Retired


    Mahn-Hee Kang

    PD 1999 FD 1999
    1998 (TROY) Transferred from West Ohio; 1994 Albany: Korean Minister of Music; Hartwick College Professor of Music; 2000 Hartwick College Professor of Music; 2002 Korean Baptist Theological Seminary; 2024 Retired


    Marilyn J. Kasperek

    PL 2015 FL 2016 PE 2017 FE 2019
    2015 PL: (2/14/2016-3/20/2016) Oakfield/W Barre 25%; 2015 PL: (3/28/2016 – 5/31/2016) Interim: Medina: Abundant Harvest 25%; 2016 FL: Medina: Abundant Harvest; 2017 PE: Medina: Abundant Harvest; 2019 FE: Newfane


    Hyun Joon Kim

    PM 1990 FM 1993 RE 12/31/2023
    1990 (NY) PM: Jackson Heights; 1994 (2/1/95) Bayside Korean; 1999 (11/1/99) Transfer to WNY: BFLO: Korean; 2004 (8/15/04) on Loan NCNY: Onon Hill, Syr: Hope Korean; 2010 (UNY) Onondaga Hill, SYR: Hope Korean; 2011 Sarah Jane Johnson Memorial; 2015 Williamson; 2017 Red Creek-Westbury/Sterling; 2020 E. Homer/Truxton/McGraw/Marathon


    Thomas LeBeau

    PL 1999 FL 2002 PE 2003 FE 2006
    1999 (7/15/99) (WNY) PL: Groveland Fed. Parish (75%); 2002 FL: Rochester: Seneca; 2008 Lancaster: Faith; 2010 (UNY) Lancaster: Faith; 2016 Cooperstown; 2019 Jamestown: Kidder Memorial; 2022 Jamestown: Kidder Memorial, Mayville


    Darelene Meeder

    SY  2/15/23 PL
    2020 (9/1/2020) Dunkirk 25%; 2021 Forestville 50%; Dunkirk 50%; 2023 (2/15/23) PL: Forestville 25%; Dunkirk 25%; 2023 (12/31/23) Retired


    George F. Nicholas

    FL 2000 PE 2002 FE 2005
    2000 (WNY) FL: Rochester: Grace; 2010 (UNY) Rochester: Grace; 2011 (7/1/11) Buffalo's Metropolitan/Lincoln; 2014 (7/1/14) Buffalo: Lincoln Memorial; 2024 Retired


    Sheila Page

    PL 2007 FL 2014
    2007 (NCNY) PL: W. Stockholm, St. Regis Falls (50%); 2009 PL: Brushton, Nicholville; CP- Hogansburg, Moira (75%); 2010 (UNY) PL: Brushton, Nicholville; CP-Hogansburg, Moira (75%); 2011 PL: Brushton, Nicholville, Hogansburg (75%); 2012 PL: Brushton, Nicholville (75%), CP-CLOG; 2014 FL: Warrens Corners & Barker : Faith; 2024 Retired


    Annette Puleff

    PL 2014 FL 2014
    2013 (UNY) (5/1/14) Fredonia: First 50%; 2014 (11/13/14) FL: Fredonia: First; 2024 Retired


    Lawrence R. Russell

    SP 1992 FL 1994 PL 2003
    1992 (Troy) Richford; 1995 (10/1/95) FL: Harmony Coop. Parish/Susquehanna; 2000 FL: Fairdale; 2003 PL: Courtdale (75%); 2004 PL: Courtdale/Larksville (75%); 2007 PL: Schenevus & Westford (50%); 2010 (UNY) PL: Schenevus & Westford (50%); 2012 PL: Plymouth/Preston/N. Norwich (50%); 2014 PL: Caneadea /Rushford (50%); 2018 Orwell/Sandy Creek (50%); 2020 (12/1/20) Sandy Creek (50%); 2022 Johnsonville Christ (50%); 2024 Retired


    Judith Selover

    PL 2010
    2010 (UNY) PL: Ledyard (25%); 2014 Port Gibson, Sodus (50%); 2018 Port Byron (50%); 2024 Retired


    Matthew H. Stengel

    SLP 1986 PM 1988 FE 1990
    1986 (WNY)SLP (<25%) Limestone; 1988 Medina; 1997 Marilla; 2004 Macedon Center/South Perinton; 2007 Fredonia: First; 2010 (UNY) Corning: First; Big Flats; 2011 Greece; 2021 Kenmore; 2024 Retired


    Arnold Stevens

    LM 2014 PL 2015
    2014 Interim (7/20/2014) RW Johnsburg/Pottersville; 2015(1/3/16) RW Johnsburg/Pottersville; CP Chestertown 50%; 2016 (5/31/2016) RW Johnsburg/Pottersville; 2024 Retired


    Dena Ann Stevens

    PL 2003 PE 2009 FE 2012 RE 2024
    2003 (WNY) PL: Angelica (75%); 2004 PL: Ashville/Blockville (75%); 2009 (on loan NCNY) Lowville/Martinsburg; 2010 (UNY) Lowville/Martinsburg; 2011 St. Paul's West Valley; 2015 Clymer/North Clymer; 2018 Arkport/Bishopville; 2021 Arkport, Canisteo; 2024 Retired


    Warren VanDewark

    PL 2010
    2009 (WNY)(2/25/10) PL: Watts Flats (25%); 2010 (UNY) PL: Watts Flats (25%); 2011 (1/1/12) PL: Watts Flats (50%); 2014 PL: Edwards Chapel /Watts Flats (75%); 2024 Retired



    Thomas Wunder

    PL 2007
    2007 (NCNY) PL: Yatesville, Friend (50%); 2010 (UNY) PL: Yatesville (25%), Friend (25%); 2018 (8/1/18) PL: Yatesville (25%); 2018 (1/1/19) Yatesville (50%); 2024 Retired


    With more than 100,000 members, United Methodists of Upper New York comprises of more than 675 local churches and 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."