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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church

    Perspectives: Meet the Spiritual Directors

    Meet the Spiritual Directors: Pastor Cheryl Hine

    November 18, 2019 / By Cheryl Hine

    My name is Cheryl Hine. While reading books, I often came across the phrase “spiritual direction.” I wondered, “What exactly is spiritual direction!?” Then I had an opportunity to be a student in the UNY Conference’s Tending the Soul spiritual retreat program, and my relationship with God brought me to remarkable, unexpected opportunities! The first change I noticed in myself is that I approach …more

    Meet the DLTs: Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Quick

    November 12, 2019 / By Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Quick

    I’m Beth Quick, and I’m a member of the Northern Flow District Leadership Team. I’ve served as the pastor of the North Gouverneur and Gouverneur: First UMCs since 2016. I’ve been in pastoral ministry for 16 years, and I, like you, have seen the role of the church in society change significantly in that time. For pastors and congregations, we must learn new ways …more

    Meet the DLTs: Northern Flow District

    November 5, 2019 / By Brenda Shelmidine

    My name is Brenda Shelmidine and I’m a member of the Northern Flow District Leadership Team as well as serving the Northern Flow District as their Lay Leader. I am also a member of the Lorraine United Methodist Church and serve as a lay speaker. I am the least experienced member of our DLT, and I am continuing to learn a lot on our journey together. Our meetings …more

    Meet the DLTs: Peter Lagueras

    October 29, 2019 / By Peter Lagueras

    My name is Peter Lagueras and I am the lay leader of the Genesee Valley District. As the District Lay Leader, I have been a part of the District Leadership Team (DLT) because of my position. This is my second year serving on DLT. We have helped plan and organize many different events for the District including the Inform to Transform and the recently finished Bishop’s Retreat. The …more

    Meet the Spiritual Directors: Rev. Tim Phelps

    October 24, 2019 / By Rev. Tim Phelps

    Hi; this is Tim Phelps and I offer this brief introduction as a Spiritual Director in the UNY Conference. My wife Liz and I celebrated our 31st wedding anniversary this past summer. We have two young adult children. Liz and I live in Falconer, New York in the Cornerstone District Across the years, I have been aware of the presence of the Living Christ in my life. Attending Tending the …more

    Meet the DLTs: Jan Rothfuss

    October 21, 2019 / By Jan Rothfuss

    My name is Jan (Janet) Rothfuss. I am a member of Aldersgate UMC: Greece, where I have been a member for fifteen years. My son, Aaron, now lives in North Carolina. He and his wife Diana have three children. I am blessed with grandchildren Alex, 6 ½, and twin girls Sophia and Madalyn, 2 ½. I was born into Methodism, fondly remembering my extended family sitting in the same pew every week. …more

    Meet the DLTs: Deb Clyde

    October 14, 2019 / By Deb Clyde

    Many years ago, I was invited to attend a Lay Speakers Retreat at Asbury Retreat Center. Fast forward and now I am the GVD Lay Servant Ministry Director, who planned this past fall’s Lay Servant Retreat at the Asbury Retreat Center. With that title came the opportunity to be on the GVD Leadership Team. I was somewhat overwhelmed at first because I wasn’t sure what was …more

    Meet the Spiritual Directors: Bonnie Kreutter

    October 10, 2019 / By Bonnie Kreutter, Geneseo UMC / 1 Comment

    Tending the Soul (TTS) is s a program designed to train individuals in Spiritual Direction and Congregational Formation. When I took the TTS training , I was focused on spiritual direction and thought “I’m not really interested in congregational formation.” At that point, I can now picture the Lord chuckling to Himself! Since completing the program, my work has been congregational formation pretty much, although I do …more

    Meet the Deacons: Rev. Becky Guthrie

    October 8, 2019 / By Rev. Becky Guthrie / 1 Comment

    I have two half-time appointments: First UMC New Hartford and St. Luke’s Hospital, Utica. I have a Masters’ in counseling with a specialty in grief and certified by the Association for Death Education and Counseling ( I am available for my congregants and the community. Many pastors and community members in my area reach out for guidance and support. At First UMC, I am entrusted with …more

    Meet the DLTs: Genesee Valley District

    October 7, 2019 / By Rev. Vonda Fossitt / 1 Comment

    The Genesee Valley District Leadership Team meets monthly to pray together, discern together, and strategize ways to assist the local church in ministry to the world. Several years of risk taking and faithful attempts at initiating new ideas and action plans, has resulted in a prosperous annual schedule of programming for the District. Our DLT hosts several main events, the Inform To Transform, a Fall Training event, and the Summer …more

    With more than 168,000 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."