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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    Perspectives: Meet the DLTs

    Perspectives from November 2019

    Meet the DLTs: Erinn Norris

    November 25, 2019 / By Erinn Norris

    Hi! I’m Erinn Norris, a member of the Adams United Methodist Church and part of Northern Flow’s District Leadership Team. Over the last few years, I have also been part of our Conference Leadership Team, Kairos Outside Prison Ministry, Via de Cristo, Closer Walk, and active in leadership in my own church.  Recently, our DLT wrapped up our first round of Intentional Discipleship Making workshops …more

    Meet the DLTs: Earl LaLone

    November 19, 2019 / By Earl LaLone / 2 Comments

    My name is Earl LaLone and I am the pastor of Depaulville and Clayton UMCs in the Northern Flow District. When our DS, the Rev. Mike Weeden asked me to part of the District Leadership Team, I was initially concerned about just how qualified I might be to even be a part of the team. What I have found is that each member of our team has varied experiences, education, …more

    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


    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."