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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    Perspectives: Meet the DLTs

    Perspectives from June 2019

    Meet the DLTs: Rev. Steven Taylor

    June 28, 2019 / By Rev. Steven Taylor / 1 Comment

    My name is Steven Taylor, and I’m serving in my 16th year as a pastor in the UMC. I grew up in the UMC, was baptized as an infant, but made a significant commitment to Jesus at my confirmation when I was 12. Since then, I went to college to be a professional environmental engineer, which I was for 10 years.  I got to travel the country and the …more

    Meet the DLTs: Dawn Quesenberry

    June 27, 2019 / By Dawn Quesenberry / 1 Comment

    I am Dawn Quesenberry and I am a pastor in the Cornerstone District who serves on the District Leadership Team. I have the privilege to work with clergy and laity in the District and seeing where God is calling us to lead our District for God. It has been an amazing journey as we have learned from each other, our successes, and our failures. It is leading us to where …more

    Meet the DLTs: Susan Hardy

    June 25, 2019 / By Susan Hardy, Cornerstone District Leadership Team

    I currently serve as UNY Conference Lay Leader. This ministry began, as all do, with a call to serve at my local church-- Brocton Tri-Church Parish in the Cornerstone District--by exercising my spiritual gifts. This meant that I sang in the choir, then taught Sunday School and confirmation classes, served in leadership roles like secretary, then chair of Ad. Council, then lay member to Annual Conference and lay leader. I …more

    Meet the DLTs: Veterans for Christ

    June 24, 2019 / By Wes Tessey, Cornerstone District Leadership Team

    My name is Wes Tessey and I am on the Cornerstone District Leadership Team. I serve as pastor in two churches in the Cornerstone District. I am a military veteran and Purple Heart recipient from combat in the Vietnam War. Over the last three years in conjunction with my ministry in the churches, God has led me to an exciting field of bringing Jesus Christ to veterans and wounded veterans …more

    Meet the DLTs: Richard Preston’s Calling

    June 21, 2019 / By Richard Preston, Cornerstone District Leadership Team / 1 Comment

    Hi! I’m Rich Preston; my wife, Nancy (retired UMC pastor), and I live in the hamlet of West Valley, Cattaraugus County in the Cornerstone District. In my childhood, I attended a Free Methodist Church, but like many teenagers, I left the church. At the age of 34, I was baptized at the Aldersgate UMC in Hampton, Virginia. Since then, I have held many positions in a number of different …more

    Meet the DLTs: Carrie Wolfe’s Ministries

    June 20, 2019 / By Rev. Carrie Wolfe, Cornerstone District Leadership Team / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) / 1 Comment

    Hello Upper New York, Grace and peace of Christ to all!  My name is the Rev. Carrie Sturtevant Wolfe. I am a deacon in full connection and a member of the Cornerstone District Leadership Team. I am appointed to Christ UMC in Olean, NY where my primary responsibilities are as Director of Children’s/Youth/Young Adult Discipleship, Curriculum Coordinator/Writer, Worship Coordinator, and Chair of the Warming …more

    Meet the DLTs: The Cornerstone DLT

    June 19, 2019 / By Rev. Dr. Sherri Rood

    The Cornerstone District Leadership Team (DLT) takes the L3 model of loving, learning, and leading seriously. We have become a trusting, praying, and supportive team. We have rediscovered the power of sharing a simple meal together. We talk, laugh, cry, and pray together. Sometimes we disagree, and we are okay with that. We have created a safe space where all are loved and valued as companions on the Way. Our …more

    Introduction: Meet the DLTs

    June 18, 2019 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Hard-at-work and not-always recognized, each District has a District Leadership Team (DLT) that helps to revitalize churches and create thriving ministries. For the next year, we will feature one District a month and will introduce you to some of the leaders that make up each District’s DLT. We will begin by covering the Cornerstone District’s DLT for the remainder of June 2019, under the leadership of District …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."