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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church

    Perspectives: Meet the DLTs

    Meet the DLTs: Rev. Susan Ranous

    September 18, 2019 / By Rev. Susan Ranous

    My name is the Rev. Susan M. Ranous. I am a Deacon in Full Connection and I have been a member of the Crossroads District Leadership Team since its formation. There have been times when I have wondered why. As I considered that question recently, and also have been working on an intentional discipleship plan for a local church, it struck me that there has been a pathway that I …more

    Meet the DLTS: Judy Craigmile

    September 11, 2019 / By Judy Craigmile

    I am Judy Craigmile, First United Methodist Church of Phoenix Lay Leader. I was raised as a United Methodist from birth. I experienced the joyful love and faithful teachings about God and Jesus from caring, dedicated disciples within my family and childhood faith community. Their willingness to follow Christ in love and action provided memorable, foundational examples that impact how I live my adult life as a disciple of Jesus …more

    Meet the Deacons: Rev. Susan Ranous

    September 9, 2019 / By Rev. Susan Ranous

    I am Rev. Susan Ranous, a Deacon in Full Connection, called to a ministry of word, service, compassion, and justice, with a specialized ministry of stewardship, church, finance, and clergy tax. My call to ministry utilizes my education and experience as a Certified Public Accountant. I have served various churches as treasurer, bookkeeper, finance chair, and stewardship coordinator over the years. As the current Chair of the Conference Council on …more

    Meet the DLTs: Crossroads District

    September 3, 2019 / By Rev. Nola Anderson

    Winston Churchill said, “Excellence is caring more than others think is wise; risking more than others think is safe; dreaming more than others think is practical; expecting more than others think is possible.” The Crossroads DLT is made up of both laity and clergy. Our team meets monthly, except July and August. Over the past year, the Crossroads District Leadership Team (DLT) has been using the L3 model …more

    Meet the DLTs: Meg Hagerty

    August 28, 2019 / By Meg Hagerty

    As part of the Adirondack Leadership Team, the main contribution I make is to my church directly, and to the Adirondack District indirectly, through communications. I am responsible for generating an e-newsletter to the members and friends of Queensbury United Methodist Church every week and a print newsletter once a month, and printing the bulletin every Sunday. At one time I also coordinated with the former pastor on the website, …more

    Meet the DLTs: Rev. Heather Williams

    August 26, 2019 / By Rev. Heather Williams

    My name is Heather Williams and I currently serve the community of Saratoga Springs. I have been in the pastoral role since 2000. Throughout my years in ministry, I have served a variety of congregations, ministry teams at the District and Conference level, and I have found ways to use my passion for all God’s beloved children in places beyond the church walls. I have also been a part …more

    Meet the Deacons: Rev. Amy Beth Jones

    August 21, 2019 / By Rev. Amy Beth Jones

    I work for Family Promise, a national non-profit agency that serves families experiencing homelessness. At Family Promise, our mission is to help homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence through a community-based response. Family Promise is best known for the emergency shelter program that rotates through houses of worship the community, but we are so much more than an emergency shelter program. We provide prevention and stabilization services to families …more

    Meet the DLTs: Derek Hansen

    August 20, 2019 / By Derek Hansen

    My name is Derek Hansen. I’m the pastor at Adirondack Community Church in Lake Placid, and I have been serving on the Adirondack District Leadership Team since 2017. In my 10 years of pastoral ministry, I have also served under appointment at Rochester: Aldersgate, Adams Basin, Glens Falls: Christ Church, and Hudson Falls. My wife, Becky, and I have been married for 10 years and we have three children - Liam (7), …more

    Meet the DLTs: Rev. Dr. Meredith Vanderminden

    August 14, 2019 / By Rev. Dr. Meredith Vanderminden

    I have been an elder in the United Methodist Church for 20 years, and though my call has evolved through the years, the heart of it remains the same: to bring people, in all of their wonderful diversity, into a closer relationship with God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. My participation with Adirondack District Leadership Team allows me to follow that call not only in the church I serve, Christ Church …more

    Meet the DLTs: Adirondack District

    August 7, 2019 / By Carrie Boyer / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) / 1 Comment

    My name is Carrie Boyer. I’ve been a member of the Adirondack District Leadership Team since 2016. I also serve as the Minister of Administration for the District. It is helpful for me to serve on the team, as it allows me to bring information back to the District. I also have an “ear to the ground,” as communications “point” person for District, so I …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."