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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church

    Perspectives: Meet the DLTs

    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 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 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: Rev. Anna Blinn Cole & Pastor Rich Howard

    July 23, 2019 / By

    In this vlog, Pastor Rich Howard dives deep into the Bible trying to find a warranty for a church that is no longer vital. The Rev. Anna Blinn Cole steps in and references Mark 5: 38-42 where a crowd fears a resting girl is no longer alive, yet Jesus shows them she is merely sleeping. Rev. Blinn Cole compares a church to this resting girl and explains just like the girl, …more

    Meet the DLTs: Rev. David Pritchard

    July 16, 2019 / By Rev. David Pritchard

    I am David Pritchard, Pastor of Sherburne UMC (; FB Page @SherbChurch), going into my second year of ministry in Sherburne. I have been on the District Leadership Team for about as long as my appointment to Sherburne and am very grateful for the opportunity to serve God in this way. At Sherburne, we are focused on making disciples who communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ through …more

    Meet the DLTs: Rev. Paul Winkelman

    July 9, 2019 / By Rev. Paul Winkelman / 3 Comments

    I am originally from Northern Illinois, and I remember attending a United Methodist Church there before moving to New York at the age of 10. After accepting Christ as my Lord and Savior, I began to see the world differently. My desire to love, to help, and to serve was amplified. Through living the gospel of Jesus Christ, through seeing people being brought to Christ, and through watching the church transform …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."