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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    Perspectives: Meet the Spiritual Directors

    Perspectives from December 2019

    Meet the Spiritual Director: Cheryl Lyon

    December 17, 2019 / By Cheryl Lyon

    The Way It Is There’s a thread you follow. It goes among things that change. But it doesn’t change. People wonder about what you are pursuing. You have to explain about the thread. But it is hard for others to see….1 -William Stafford   Over the last 12 years, the thread I follow has taken me on twists and turns I could never have anticipated and …more

    Meet the DLTs: Cory Jones

    December 16, 2019 / By Cory Jones

    My name is Cory Jones and I am the pastor of Trinity UMC: Whitesboro. My role on the DLT has evolved over the years. The DLT was my first introduction into the work of the District/ Conference back in 2014. At that time, I was a Youth Group Leader at my home church Herkimer FUMC, and I was discerning my call to ministry. I joined the DLT as a laity before …more

    Meet the DLTs: Pastor Brian Lothridge

    December 11, 2019 / By Brian Lothridge

    I am Brian Lothridge, pastor of Rome 1st and Delta UMCs. I am a provisional elder and serve on the Mohawk District Leadership Team.    The Church exists to serve the people who are not yet a part of it.  This is a new way for me to think about why the Church matters. I wish I could take credit for it, but it’s a …more

    Meet the DLTs: Pastor Bryant Clark

    December 9, 2019 / By Pastor Bryant Clark / 2 Comments

    My name s Bryant Clark; I am the pastor at Park UMC in Hamilton. Much like my work in the local church, my priority on the Mohawk district leadership team is one of empowerment. I believe very strongly in the idea that all Christians are capable and few of us are fragile. All Christians have something to offer the wider church, not to mention the world beyond it. But too …more

    Meet the DLTS: Mohawk District

    December 3, 2019 / By Wayne Clemens

    Greetings in the name of Christ from the Mohawk District Leadership Team! My name is Wayne Clemens and I am blessed to be the Senior Pastor at CenterPoint Church in Barneveld NY, as well as the coach/facilitator for the Mohawk District Leadership Team. This past year has been incredibly productive and spiritually renewing for us as a team as we have continued to focus on increasing leadership capacity among …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."