- About Us
- Camping & Retreat
- Christian Education
- Congregational Development
- Congregational Transformation
- Disability Ministries
- Ethnic Ministries
- Global Ministry
- Healing Wounds of Racism
- Lay Ministry
- Ordained Ministry
- Urban Ministry
- Volunteers in Mission
- Capital Campaign
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Bishop Peggy A. Johnson Announces Appointments for 2012, effective July 1, 2012 (except as noted):
Announced September 1, 2012
Mr. Jeffrey Lundblad is appointed as interim Lay Supply Pastor of Malvern United Methodist Church, in the Central District, effective September 1, 2012. Jeff is a native of Wyoming, where he grew up attending a community church comprised of Baptists, Methodists, and a few Pentecostals. The church was affiliated with the American Baptist Church, but also had the Methodist cross with the flames hanging in the sanctuary. He attended the University of Sioux Falls, majoring in Information Systems. While working full-time on computer systems in North and South Dakota from 1995 to 2006, he also served as a part-time youth pastor for multiple churches. In 2006, he moved his family across the country to Malvern so that he could attend Palmer Theological Seminary where he anticipates graduating with his Masters of Divinity in May of 2013. He has spent the past two years as an intern / student pastor at Frazer Mennonite Church, where his wife Brenda now works as the church secretary. With three kids, working full-time in Eastern University’s Administrative Computing department and attending seminary, Jeff stays very busy. He has a heart for local community ministry and would love to see more partnerships between the churches in the community in order to accomplish God’s work in this world.
Announced July 10, 2012
The Rev. Joan Pacocha is appointed to serve Lebanon: Ebenezer. Pastor Pacocha has been serving the Analomink Church. Previously she has served the Gordon, Barry, Rocherty, Tobyhanna and Neola churches in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and churches in the South Georgia and Kansas West Conferences. She is a graduate of Houghton College and Candler School of Theology, Emory University. Joan has five adopted daughters who joined her family at ages 10-15. Only the youngest is now at home. She has taken youth from each of her EPA churches to Creation. Her hobbies include swimming, reading Christian fiction, and crafts.
Mr. Joseph Martin, Certified Lay Minister, has been assigned as Pastor of Fallsington UMC, effective July 1, 2012. Mr. Martin and his wife, Penny, owned and operated the Bucks County Dinner Theatre which later became known as the Headley manor Dinner Theatre in the Edgley section of Levittown, where he produced and directed hundreds of Broadway musicals and plays. He retired recently from the New Jersey Network in Trenton where he worked for 40 years as a senior News and Documentary editor and Producer. Mr. Martin’s passions in life have been his family, entertaining, theatre, and flying. His most recent and foremost passion is God – reading and studying the Bible in depth, and talking and teaching about Jesus and the Bible. He has been a member of Emilie UMC in Levittown for the past nine years where he first found his faith and started serving regularly. Mr. Martin has been married for 37 years and has three children and two grandchildren. One cannot find a more vibrant village church than Fallsington UMC. The congregation worships in a 19th century sanctuary that is almost filled to capacity on Sundays. The children’s ministry is of great emphasis. The church has a vitality that one senses whether talking to an individual or a group of its members.
Mr. David Ryan, Certified Lay Minister, has been assigned as Pastor of Phila.: Kensington (Old Brick) UMC, effective July 1, 2012. Mr. Ryan and his wife, Elaine, have been married for 32 years. They moved to Pennsylvania in 2000 from California, where they were both born and raised. Mr. Ryan has served his home church, Royersford UMC, for 12 years as a Christ Servant Minister and member of the S/PPR, Finance, and Worship committees, as well as serving as Lay Delegate to Annual Conference since 2003. Mr. Ryan served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam conflict and was discharged honorably. He worked in the Information Technology field for twenty years, and in the newspaper business before that. Mr. Ryan’s goal is to become Licensed Local Pastor and serve the conference full-time in that capacity. Kensington (Old Brick) UMC is a small congregation that remains committed to the quality of life in the Northern Liberties community. Before the Sugarloaf Casino was constructed, the Old Brick congregation was among those opposing construction in proximity to the neighborhood. Now that the casino has existed, the church ponders ways it can be in ministry to the community. Although the church has been in existence for over 200 years, its emphasis is not on the building, but on the people in the community.
Announced June 21, 2012
Frederick Douglas, Jr. PHD, is appointed to retirement and to Mont Clare: Otterbein United Methodist Church as Retired Supply, in the Central District, effective July 1, 2012. Rev. Douglas has served Chester: Grace UMC, Philadelphia: Emmanuel, Philadelphia: Eastwick, and Philadelphia: Devereux. He has also served on Extension Ministry as the Chaplain for the Methodist Home for Children and Families in Philadelphia. He is currently serving at Camphor Memorial UMC in Philadelphia. Before answering the call to ministry, Rev. Douglas was a tenured professor at the College of New Jersey (now Trenton State College), and had a private physical therapy practice specializing in sports medicine, rehabilitation for orthopedic and neurological disabilities. His wife, Valerie is a certified community manager and his daughter, Tezrin, is pursuing her college degree in culinary arts. His son, Steven is a behavior specialist with the Maryland State Department of Education.
William (Billy) C. Frick is appointed as lay supply to serve Clark’s Grove UMC on the Northwest District three-quarter time. Previously Billy was on staff with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He has served as a licensed local pastor in the Peninsula-Delaware Conference, been a youth pastor and retreat leader, participated in prison ministry, served as chaplain to a Christian school, and managed a homeless shelter. He is currently a student at Palmer Theological Seminary. Billy is married and has a nine year old son and two grown step children. He has officiated lacrosse from youth to the college level and beyond.
Announced June 19, 2012
Bishop Peggy A. Johnson announces the following appointments, effective July 1, 2012:
Part time local pastor, Margaret Reed, is appointed to serve less than one quarter time William Penn Church on the Northwest District. Pastor Reed, a former Salvation Army officer, will continue to serve the Port Carbon: Grace Church. She formerly served New Philadelphia. Pastor Reed lives in Mahanoy City.
Retired part time local pastor, Joanne Young, is appointed to serve less than one quarter time Zion’s Grove: Davis Chapel on the Northwest District. Pastor Young, previously served Helfenstein and Kulpmont and was the Executive Director of Hazelton Enlarged Ministry for a number of years. She lives in Drums.
Part time local pastor, Al Schell, is appointed to serve one half time Trevorton on the Northwest District. Pastor Schell, previously served Shamokin: Emmanuel and Shamokin: Zion. He lives with his wife in Coal Township.
The Rev. Daniel Siddle, an elder seeking Incapacity leave, will be supplying at less than one quarter time Ranshaw: Johnston City. Previously Pastor Siddle has served three churches in New Jersey; Coaldale, Middleport and Tamaqua: Salem; Clark's Grove; Levittown: Emilie; and Mount Carmel: First. He lives with his wife in Shamokin.
Part time local pastor, Betty Ford, is appointed to serve lass than one quarter time Ranshaw: Johnston City as pastor of visitation. Pastor Ford will continue to serve Shamokin: Emmanuel and Shamokin: Zion. She lives in Shamokin.
Bishop Peggy A. Johnson announces the following appointments, effective September 16, 2012:
The Rev. Ivan Alberts, an elder on loan from the Church of India, will be moving to the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference and serving Christ UMC in Jersey City. Pastor Alberts is currently serving Elysburg.
The Rev. Michelle Beissel, an elder on loan from the Susquehanna Annual Conference will be serving Elysburg one quarter time. Pastor Beissel will continue to serve Millers Crossroads one half time.
Announced June 12, 2012
Carol Lawfer is appointed to Diamond UMC, Hazleton, as half-time retired supply. Rev. Lawfer has served the church for fifteen years as the congregation has developed programming to reach out to a changing neighborhood. Over the last three years, the church initiated the Greater Hazleton Metro Ministries which offers English as a second language courses four days a week, a computer tutoring lab and homework club. Rev. Lawfer has served as the Executive Director of GHMM, recruiting participants from area UM churches. The organization serves over 200 individuals, most of whom speak Spanish as a first language. Rev. Lawfer is a graduate of Indiana University of Pa., and holds a M.A. in English Education from Lehigh University in addition to her M. Div. from Moravian Seminary. She teaches the Methodism courses at Moravian Seminary, and teaches World Religion at the Penn State Hazleton campus.
David Goss is appointed to be pastor of East Bangor Community UMC, returning from incapacity leave. Rev. Goss has served a number of churches in the Northeast District as well as serving in extension ministry as the VP of Development for the Methodist Home for Children, and as Associate Director of the Kirkridge Retreat Center. While at Kirkridge thirteen years ago, he served part-time at the East Bangor church, leading them to full-time ministry in their next appointment. Rev. Goss has completed training as an intentional interim minister, and has served at Faith UMC, Stroudsburg and Mt. Pocono as an intentional interim. He and his wife, Laura, live in Wind Gap.
Sharmune Burgess is appointed to be Lay Supply at Analomink UMC and at East Stroudsburg UMC . Ms. Burgess will provide pastoral oversight and lead Sunday worship at Analomink, and will lead discipleship ministries at East Stroudsburg. She is a student at Moravian Seminary, in Bethlehem, and a member of East Stroudsburg UMC. She is working toward certified candidacy and eventual ordination as an elder. She has served as lay supply preacher at Portland UMC, assisting the congregation to make difficult decisions about their future with grace and dignity. She has served East Stroudsburg UMC as Office Manager, and been actively involved in the church. Ms. Burgess is originally from St. Kitts, but spent much of her life in England before coming to the United States. The East Stroudsburg UMC has seen a number of members move into licensed and ordained ministry.
Announced June 5, 2012
Kevin Babcock is appointed to Clifton Heights United Methodist Church on the Southeast District. Rev. Babcock is a Licensed Local Pastor in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference. Kevin earned his Master of Divinity at Drew University. He is married to Regina and they are the parents of two sons.
Announced May 22, 2012
Jimmy Montgomery is appointed to retirement. Rev. Montgomery has served the Hamorton United Methodist Church since 1999. He has enjoyed a long time relationship with the Chester Heights Campmeeting where he serves as Spiritual Director and Chaplain to the membership there. He and his wife, Linda, enjoy their family and especially their many grandchildren.
George Eric Miller is appointed to Hamorton United Methodist Church on the Southeast District. Rev. Miller has served the Pomeroy United Methodist Church since 2007. He also served the Safe Harbor United Methodist Church in Conestoga, PA from 2004 to 2007.
Deborah Gildart-Hanks is appointed to one-quarter time Associate to Elam United Methodist Church. She will also serve as pulpit supply to Gradyville United Methodist Church. Rev. Gildart-Hanks is currently appointed to Gradyville United Methodist Church. Her previous appointments include: Thorndale United Methodist Church, Hopewell United Methodist Church in Downingtown, St. John’s United Methodist Church in Tremont, Joliett-First United Methodist Church in Seltzer, Emilie United Methodist Church in Levittown and Saco/Biddeford United Methodist Churches in the Maine Annual Conference.
Announced May 21, 2012
Scott Friedgen-Veitch is appointed to Haws Avenue United Methodist Church in Norristown, in the Central District. Scott, a second career pastor, grew up in the Delaware Valley and resides in Cheyney with his wife Lori (celebrating 30 years of marriage) and their two sons, Thomas (22), and Dylan (18). He has degrees from Northampton Community College, The University of Delaware, and Eastern University/Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also has four units of CPE from Albert Einstein Medical Center, and Ingles House, both in Philadelphia. He has served Price Street UMC in Trainer, Interned at St. Luke UMC in Bryn Mawr, served at Marshalton UMC as an interim pastor, and full time at Honey Brook UMC, and Clifton UMC in Clifton Heights. His passion for ministry includes worship, mission, and healing ministries. He is co-chair of the Commission on Religion and Race, and serves on the Bishops Episcopacy Committee and the Strategic Planning Committee. He likes to go sailing, travel, and antiquing.
Alfred W. Jones, III is appointed to Camphor Memorial United Methodist Church, in the Central District. Rev. Jones is a native of Philadelphia and began his vocation in ministry in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, where he was licensed and ordained. He served as a Traveling Deacon at Mt. Olive CME Church in Camden, New Jersey for nine years and as a Traveling Elder serving Metropolitan CM Church in Philadelphia for the last eleven years. Rev. Jones is an Elder in Full Connection in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. He was very active on the district and annual conference levels, especially in respect to the Board of Christian Education. Rev. Jones earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Lincoln University. He continued his education, earning a M.Div. and a M.A. in Pastoral Counseling, both from Moravian Theological Seminary in PA. His is excited to worship with the United Methodist Church family.
Announced May 16, 2012
Edward Bean, retired elder, is appointed one half time to Lewistown: Calvary Evangelical on the Northwest District. Dr. Bean previously served Telford: Grace for 13 years and Palmerton: Salem and Danielsville: Salem for 8 years. Prior to that he had served Wesleyan churches in New York, North Carolina and Pennsylvania for 15 years and 3 years at an EUB church in Pennsylvania. Ed is a graduate of Houghton College and has a M.Div. and D.Min. from Asbury Theological Seminary. He taught 7 years at United Wesleyan College in Allentown and 4 years at John Wesley College in North Carolina. He is a member of the Wesleyan Theological Society, loves Methodist studies, gardening, coin collecting, reading and travel. He and his wife, Sharon, have been married 45 years and have a son and three daughters.
Michael Lonergan is appointed to the Pottsville: Evangelical United Methodist Church, in the Northwest District. Mike Lonergan is a member of Salem UMC, Orwigsburg and currently serves as Lay Supply to Girardville UMC. At Salem, Mike has served as a liturgist, praise singer, “closer” for the Sunday evening Outreach Service, as well as, Chair of Finance and Chair of the Administrative Council, Lay Leader and a member of SPRC. Mike has led prayer retreats and was a member of Team Orwigsburg, a community based mission team healing hearts and homes in Orwigsburg and beyond. Missions and working with those in need has become a passion for Mike. Mike is pursuing a Masters in Divinity from Moravian Theological Seminary and continues to serve as Manager of Orwigsburg Borough. Mike has led several civic and community organizations. Mike lives in Orwigsburg with his bride of 32 years Debbie and they have 3 sons; Nate, 29, Zach, 26, and Chris, 17.
Kristopher Perry is appointed to Schuylkill Haven: First, as a three quarter time Associate Pastor for Youth and Family Ministry, effective July 1, 2012. This will be Pastor Perry’s first appointment as a licensed local pastor. Previously he served Pottsville: Evangelical as a lay supply pastor. Kris has also been serving as an unappointed youth pastor at Schuylkill Haven: First since July 2004. Kris attended Zion Bible College, Barrington, Rhode Island, studying Biblical Studies and Pastoral Ministries. He is currently enrolled as a part time student at Evangelical Theological Seminary. He is married to Serena and has four children. Kris has served as the Coordinator of Youth Ministries for the Northwest District and has led workshops on Safe Sanctuary Guidelines and Youth Ministry at the annual “Tools for Ministry” event. In addition, Kris annually plans and leads the ENCOUNTER Weekend, which is a life-changing weekend event for the youth of the Northwest District. Kris has also recently led workshops on Strategic Planning for Mission and Ministry and has coached ministry leaders through the strategic planning process.
Announced May 7, 2012
Mark Dricker is appointed one half time to the Fleetwood: Emmanuel United Methodist Church, in the Northwest District. Pastor Dricker is currently serving Lebanon: Ebenezer UMC full time. He began his ministry as a lay speaker in the late 1980's and went on to attend Local Pastor's School at Drew University and has since graduated from the Wesley Course of Study School in Washington DC. His prior appointments have been Phila: Tacony, Phila: Wissinoming, Phila: Bethesda, Trevose, and Schaefferstown: Zion. He describes his strengths in ministry as evangelism, discipleship, and pastoral care. Mark has been married to Annette for 32 years and they have two daughters: Kellene, married to Paul Miller, and Renee', married to Christopher Harrison, and one adult son, Mark Dricker Jr., who is still residing at home. Pastor Dricker’s main hobby is photography and in particular photographing his three grandsons: Silas Paul (3), Wesley Mark (9 mos.) and Elliott William (4 wks). The families all live in the Reinholds, Adamstown, Ephrata area of Lancaster County.
Richard W. Conner is appointed part-time as intentional interim pastor of Schoeneck: Wiest Memorial United Methodist Church on the Southwest District. Having been trained and certified by the Intentional Growth Center at Lake Junalaska, as a retired Elder, Pastor Conner serves churches on an intentional interim basis, and in June will complete a two year intentional interim ministry at Calvary United Methodist Church in Wyomissing. Previously, he has pastored Langhorne, Summit Hill, Lansford, Chester: Trinity, Millersville: First, Hopewell, and in 2010, he completed 13 years of service at Manheim: Salem before retiring from full-time service. For the past 43 years, Pastor Conner is married to Jeanne Conner, RN, a nurse at the Physician’s Surgery Center in Lancaster. They are the parents of two daughters, Dr. Heather Conner, Salt Lake City, Utah; and Laura Conner-Fisher, Denver Colorado.
D. Chandler Evans is appointed part-time to Mount Nebo United Methodist Church in the Southwest District. He currently attends Memorial United Methodist Church in Quarryville. He will receive his local pastor’s license in July 2012 and this will be his first appointment. He was born and raised in Quarryville and has been married to his wife Chris, for 30 years. They have three children; Nicholas, Natasha and Joshua. Chandler has a great passion for reaching the lost souls of Latin America through his short term mission trips with a sports ministry, Sports Cultural Exchange International. He has gone on ten trips to Latin America and plans to use his strength in missions and excitement for serving Christ to reach the hurting people in the communities around his church.
Victor F. Pronesti is appointed (1/2 time) to Ludwig United Methodist Church located in Bainbridge, PA on the Southwest District, and is appointed (1/4 time) to Newtown United Methodist Church located near Columbia, PA on the Southwest District. Rev. Victor is a licensed local pastor, certified candidate for ordained ministry, and a seminary student attending Palmer Theological Seminary pursuing a Master in Divinity Degree. Rev. Victor is blessed to have a ministry where he can utilize the spiritual gifts he has been graced with that include leadership, caring and compassion, preaching and evangelism. Rev. Victor desires to be a humble, loving servant, disciple and witness for our Living Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Gerald (“Jerry”) Reifsnyder is appointed part-time to Washington Boro United Methodist Church on the Southwest District. He is a native of Lititz and has lived there his entire life. Prior to being appointed to pastoral ministry, Jerry was a lifetime member of Lititz UMC. Most recently, Jerry was appointed to serve Oregon Community UMC from 2006-2011. Jerry has retired from Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate (Wilbur Chocolate) at the end of this past year after nearly thirty years of service. Jerry has been married for thirty one years to his wife, Denise. They have three children; Terri from Lititz; Keith from Ephrata; Kelly from Philadelphia; and one grandson, Trevor from Lititz. Jerry is currently a student at Evangelical Theological Seminary in Myerstown and will graduate in the spring of 2013. Jerry plans to serve on the Student Forum at Evangelical in the upcoming year. Jerry’s interests include reading, golf, biking, and times relaxing at the beach.
Bishop Peggy A. Johnson announces the following two persons serving local churches as clergy supply, effective July 1, 2012:
Glenn E. Brown will become clergy supply while on Incapacity part-time at Marticville United Methodist Church located in the Southwest District, Pequea Twp., Lancaster County. Pastor Brown has served Fleetwood: Emmanuel, Ironville, Hellertown: St. Paul, and most recently, Geigertown: St. Paul’s. After twenty-two years, he left PECO Energy Co. in 1994 to attend Eastern Baptist (now Palmer) Seminary, graduating with an M.Div. in 1998. Pastor Brown and Ginny, his wife of thirty-six years, have three children; Matthew, Rebecca, and Leah, and three grandchildren. Pastoral ministry is Pastor Brown's lifelong pursuit.
Sandra Knaub will become clergy supply while on Incapacity part-time at Bird-in-Hand United Methodist Church, in the Southwest District. Previously, Pastor Knaub served Paradise: St. John’s UMC; Rothsville: Salem UMC; and Lancaster: Covenant UMC; all in the Southwest District. Born and raised in York County, Sandy graduated from Dallastown Area High School. She received a B.S. in Ed. and an M.A. from Millersville University and an MDiv. from Lancaster Theological Seminary. Sandy previously served on the LUMINA Board of Directors and the Southwest District Committee on Ordained Ministry. She currently serves on the Southwest District Church and Society Team. Sandy is married to Donald and they have two adult children, Jonathan, married to Jeanette, and Elaine, married to Andrew Mowrer. They have five grandchildren. Sandy enjoys reading; walking; listening to music; attending theatrical and cultural events; traveling and watching classic movies.
Announced April 26, 2012
James A. Duckett is appointed to Phila.: Hancock St. John’s. Mr. Duckett is a Certified Lay Minister and a member of Janes Memorial Church, where he has served in leadership in the United Methodist Men, the Men’s Usher Board, and the Finance and Worship Committees. He also serves on the East District Committee on Ordained Ministry. Mr. Duckett is a native of Philadelphia who was raised and educated in Bucks County. He attended Rutgers University on a football scholarship prior to being drafted into the U.S. Army. He received an honorable discharge after serving two years of active duty in France and Germany. Following his military service he worked for more than 35 years at Merck and Co., Inc. where he held the position of HVAC mechanic before retiring in 2006. Mr. Duckett has been a member of the Richard Allen Lodge #30 since 1989, and had since been very active in Prince Hall Masonry. Mr. Duckett has three children and five grandchildren. His daily motto is “If I can help somebody as I pass along, then my living shall not be in vain.” Hancock St. John’s Church is a congregation which is building a relationship with God, with each other and the community, making disciples and transforming lives. The church’s vision is to draw boys, girls, women, and men to a passionate and solid relationship with Jesus Christ where they will become laborers for Jesus the Christ, inviting others to learn of Him. The church’s slogan is “We are the Congregation that keeps the G-O in the Gospel” (Go make disciples of all nations. Matthew 28:19). The congregation is engaged in adult and family ministries (annual retreats, services of celebration, Parent Night Out, Leadership Building training), outreach ministries for the community (monthly prayer breakfast, Thanksgiving baskets, Easter baskets/Easter egg hunt, food pantry, Christmas gifts), praise and worship (including dance ministry for children and youth), children and youth ministry (VBS, Nu’Soul Gospel Café Youth speak Out, Sunday Academy, Weekly After-School program, and Summer Day Camp), and prayer ministry (Prayer clinic, corporate prayer, intercessory prayer, and prayer walks in the community).
John T. Krimmel is appointed to Hulmeville: Neshamony. Dr. Krimmel is a Certified Lay Minister and a member of Langhorne UMC where he has served as a trustee (chair), participating in workdays and investigating the history of the church. He has also served as the chair of the Administrative Board, a greeter, worship assistant, and, along with another church member, he started a men’s group. He has also served as a chaperone for youth mission trips. Dr. Krimmel was raised in the Methodist Church. He has a love of the Lord and service to the church. Dr. Krimmel’s education is in criminal justice: B.A. from Temple University, M.S. from St. Joseph’s University, M.Phil. from The City University of New York, and Ph.D. from The City University of New York at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He served for eighteen years in law enforcement and 20 years as a college professor, teaching in the Criminology Department at The College of New Jersey since 1993, and previously at Kentucky Wesleyan College. Neshamony UMC is a small membership congregation that has served the Lower Bucks community of Hulmeville since 1840. The congregation is very mission-minded, supporting local organizations in a variety of ways and always responding to emergencies, at home and abroad, through UMCOR donations. The Church is very involved in Hulmeville, a community of about 250 homes, working together with the local Historical Society, the Hulmeville Police Department, and the William Penn Fire Company on a variety of programs.
Announced April 24, 2012
Susan Roehs is appointed to First United Methodist Church in Mount Carmel and First United Methodist/Presbyterian Church in Ashland, in the Northwest District. Currently, Pastor Susan is serving in her fifth year at Clark’s Grove United Methodist Church, Paxinos. Before serving at Clark’s Grove, Pastor Susan served half-time at Wind Gap United Methodist Church. Susan grew up at Monroe United Methodist Church in Monroe, Indiana. She received her M.Div. from Evangelical School of Theology. She has been married to her husband, Fred, for 33 years. They have two children, Matthew Roehs, who lives in Shamokin and Kristen Lauria, who lives with her husband, Jim and their two children, Charlie and Catie in Kutztown. Susan has a heart for those living in poverty and for ministry in the communities around her churches.
Announced April 22, 2012
Jennifer Sauerbrun is appointed to Epworth United Methodist Church, Bethlehem. Rev. Sauerbrun is a graduate of Candler School of Theology at Emory University. During her time in Georgia, she served as Director of Children’s Ministries and pastoral intern at Powers Ferry UMC of Marietta, GA, and as pastoral intern at McEachern UMC in Powder Springs. She has led both Disciple Bible Study and the Alpha program. Pastor Jennie was a member of Hopewell UMC in Downingtown before moving to GA, and served there as interim youth coordinator. She is delighted to be returning to the EPA. She holds a BA from Immaculata in communications. She is the proud mother of three children, and looks forward to introducing them to the Christmas City.
Richard Brown is appointed to St. Paul UMC, Hellertown. Rev. Brown will graduate from Palmer Seminary in May, 2012, with an M.Div. degree. He has served for the last two years as an intern at Drexel Hill UMC, while also working at Crozer Chester Hospital. He grew up in the Prospect Park United Methodist Church. His mother took him to church for the first time at 3 weeks old, declaring that he could sleep in church as well as at home. Pastor Ricky attended Albright College, where he met his fiancée, Kim Toner, also a UM, and a member of Jarrettown UMC. They will be married this summer. They are both singers and have a strong interest in music. Rev. Brown and Kim are looking forward to a year of new beginnings.
Zachary Hopple is appointed to the Oak Grove United Methodist Church, in the Northwest District. Pastor Hopple is currently serving two churches in the Shamokin area as a part-time licensed local pastor, Shamokin: First and Ranshaw: Johnston City. His new appointment will be Shamokin: First ½ time and Oak Grove ¼ time. Zachary Hopple was born in Phoenixville, PA. He has been married to his wife Jennifer for almost 8 years and they have a two-year-old son, Samuel. Zachary graduated from Keystone College in La Plume, PA where he majored in Social Sciences and minored in Psychology. He is in his first year of seminary at Evangelical Seminary where he is working towards his MDiv.
Announced April 19, 2012
Kathryn Painter is appointed to the Cleona: Immanuel United Methodist Church, in the Northwest District. Currently Pastor Painter is serving the Trevorton UMC and Oak Grove UMC. Kay was born in Phillipsburg and grew up in Tyrone, Pennsylvania. She graduated with honors from the Tyrone Area High School, and received a B.S. in Education from Clarion State College. Kay is an Elder in Full Connection who received her MDiv degree from Perkins School of Theology Southern Methodist University with cum laude honors. Prior to being appointed to Trevorton UMC in 2001, Kay served as an Assistant Chaplain/Interim Chaplain at Southern Methodist University. She was appointed to Millers Crossroads and Trevorton in 1999. She was appointed to Trevorton UMC and Oak Grove UMC in 2010. Her ministry experience also includes teaching Spiritual Formation at Perkins School of Theology and Spiritual Wellness to freshmen at Southern Methodist University. Kay is married to Tony; and they have three young adult children: Jason, Benjamin and Sarah; and two grandchildren: Shannon Painter and Jason Painter, Jr.
James Mc Nair is appointed to the: Fredericksburg United Methodist Church, in the Northwest District. Currently Pastor McNair is serving the Elverson UMC. Born in Florida, Jim was trained as a respiratory therapy technician prior to serving in the army for 20 years. Jim was raised Roman Catholic, left the faith for a number of years and then returned to the faith through the guidance of his wife, Sharyn, and some army chaplains. In 1986 in joined the UMC. He made his Emmaus Walk in 1992 and took lay speaker training. In response to his call to the ministry he entered Eastern Baptist Seminary in 1995. Pastor McNair has served the Elam, Temple, Mount Carmel: First and Elverson congregations. Jim is a member of the Christian Motorcyclist Association. He is a lousy golfer, but enjoys the time in God’s world. He is active in the Walk to Emmaus program.
Announced April 16 2012
(Lawrence) Jim Whitehouse is appointed to Elverson United Methodist Church, in the Central District. Rev. Whitehouse currently serves Fredericksburg UMC near Lebanon, Pa. He received his M. Div. from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH. He has served appointments at Elysburg UMC; Christ UMC in Lancaster; and Columbia UMC in Columbia PA as an associate. He is married to Kelly who is a registered nurse and they have two children: Logan age 9 and Hannah age 7. Church is a family activity in which, according to Pastor Jim, the children themselves model what they have seen and experienced as part of the church family, with regular visits to see church members in the hospital or those who are homebound. Pastor Jim has a real passion for soccer, which he sees as a way to connect with people on a personal level and to get to know the community from a unique perspective. He still plays, and is active in coaching in the communities that he has served.
Announced April 11, 2012
David Knotts is appointed to Wesley United Methodist Church in Reading (Central District) as Retired Supply. This is the third time David has be appointed to serve the Wesley congregation: first as a full time pastor for nine years, reappointed a few years later as a half time appointment and a half time extension ministry appointment as a psychotherapist at Spring Psychological Associates; he will continue to serve Wesley as a retired supply pastor. David grew up at Union Methodist Church in Havertown. He received his M.Div. and D.Min. from Drew Theological Seminary. He has been married to his wife Sandy for more than forty years. They have two children, Stephen who resides with his wife in Blue Bell, and Kate who lives with her husband and son in Langton-Matravers, Dorsetshire in the U.K. David is also a licensed psychologist and a member of The Order of Saint Luke. David has a heart for city ministry and for immigration issues.
Rodney Miller is appointed to the Lebanon: Hebron United Methodist Church, in the Northwest District. Currently Pastor Miller is serving in his fourth year at Long Memorial UMC in Neffsville, Southwest District. Pastor Miller has also served the Tamaqua: First and Salem Churches and the Eddystone and Upland Churches. A native of South Africa and son of a Methodist minister, the Rev. Miller matriculated from Kingswood College in South Africa and holds degrees from Rhodes University and Lancaster Theological Seminary. Before his call to the ministry he worked as a pharmacist in a mission hospital. After serving several churches, Rodney completed additional studies in pastoral care and counseling and served as a chaplain. This interest in chaplaincy brought him to America to study in the Clinical Pastoral Education program at St Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem. Since joining the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference he has served on District Boards of Ordained Ministry, the Structure Review and Strategic Planning Conference Committees as well as serving as Annual Conference Secretary. He presently serves on the Conference “I Care” Team. Rodney loves nature. He enjoys sailing, kayaking, and hiking. He also enjoys choral music, woodwork and exploring new places.
Announced March 28, 2012
Jessica Ross is appointed to Mother African Zoar United Methodist Church, in the Central District. Rev. Jessica Ross is a Full-Time Local Pastor, serving her 5th year at Kensington “Old Brick” UMC on the East District. She began her work in ministry leadership at Trinity-Baynton UMC from 2005 to 2007. During this time she completed one unit of CPE at Jeanes Hospital and graduated from Palmer Theological Seminary in May of 2006. Pastor Ross has four college degrees: AAS from F.I.T., B.A. from Hunter College majoring in Physics, M.S. from Morgan State University in Science with a concentration in Physics, and M.Div. from Palmer. She is a member of the Urban Ministry Visionary Team, the Board of Church and Society Work Team, the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. (ACPE), and the MetaNexus Institute for Science and Religion.
Gertrude Duckett is appointed to Haven-Peniel United Methodist Church, in the Central District. Rev. Duckett is an ordained Elder and has served in many churches in the Eastern PA Conference. She has served as the Associate Pastor of Janes Memorial UMC Philadelphia for 4yrs. She was appointed to Sayers Memorial UMC as Senior Pastor and was there for 8yrs. In 2005, she was appointed to both Siloam and Trinity UMC in Chester PA and served as the senior pastor of both churches for 5yrs.
Announced March 26, 2012
Timothy Duchesne is appointed to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in suburban Wilmington, part of the Peninsula-Delaware Conference. Rev. Duchesne currently serves the Epworth UMC in Bethlehem Township. Rev. Duchesne received his M.Div. from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and holds a D.Min. in Church Renewal from EBTS. He is trained in Appreciative Inquiry and is completing work to be an AI coach. He is also certified by GBHEM as a transitional ministry specialist. He has served appointments at Wesley UMC, Strasburg; Asbury, Allentown, associate; First UMC, Bristol; and a student appointment at Gladwyne UMC. While at Epworth he helped lead in the development of a strong Bethlehem cluster ministry with Fritz Memorial UMC and St. Paul’s UMC. Together, the three churches sponsored mission activities, raised significant funds for the Congo Partnership, and sponsored joint worship and studies for Advent and Lent. Rev. Duchesne is married to the Rev. Suzanne Duchesne, a PhD. candidate at Drew Theological School in preaching and worship. St. Paul’s UMC is an active congregation offering two Sunday morning worship services, with a mission to “become the heart of Jesus in the world today.” The church partners with Aldersgate UMC to offer a summer day camp for children, and is involved in mission activity from Wilmington to the Congo.
Eric Ritz is appointed to Grace UMC, Pen Argyl, PA. Rev. Ritz currently serves as Senior Pastor of Evangelical United Methodist Church in New Holland and previously served as Senior Pastor of First UMC, Schuylkill Haven; pastor of Calvary UMC, Easton; and the former Providence Avenue UMC, Chester. He held student appointments in Reading and suburban Hazleton. He received his M.Div. from Drew Theological Seminary. Growing up in Newark, Rev. Ritz attended a United Methodist Church in a transitional community. His commitment to ministry with the poor took form in his work to establish Wesley House Shelter for Homeless People and his leadership of the Chester Cluster of UMC’s in the late ‘80’s, and in his on-going work with UMCOR, LUMINA and other United Methodist outreaches. At New Holland Evangelical, he led the church in establishing a contemporary worship service and introducing multi-media into worship. He has served as chair of the Asbury District Committee on Ministry, and has published numerous books. He and his wife, Mary, met at Huron College in South Dakota, and have two children and four grandchildren.
Announced March 20, 2012
Rev. Coryn Elaine Pena is appointed to Willistown United Methodist Church on the Southeast District. Rev. Pena is an Elder in Full Connection in the Eastern PA Conference. She is currently serving the Prospect Park United Methodist Church. Previous appointments include Cheltenham United Methodist Church and Millers Crossroads United Methodist Church. Coryn has also served on the Committee on the Episcopacy and the Committee on Addressing Community and World Issues Resource Team.
The Rev. Bonniekaren Mullen-Holtz is appointed to Phila.: Fox Chase. Rev. Mullen-Holtz has a passion for community work. Where there is a need in the neighborhood, she will find a way to invite the church to engage in order to respond to the given situation. She brings to pastoral ministry effervescence that gives excitement to her conversations, to her preaching, to her visions for ministry. At Fox Chase, Rev. Mullen-Holtz will find a congregation doing and open to new avenues of ministry. Fox Chase UMC is a mission-minded congregation which has supported United Methodist missionaries and mission programs for many years. It supported The Rev. Bob and Mrs. Hazel Terhune, missionaries in Japan, for over 20 years. It has continued that support with city and community ministries, including Frankford Group Ministry, the former Kensington Area Ministries, a local community food bank, and other ecumenical community service. The music program is excellent with a small, but dedicated choir and two outstanding, versatile church musicians. A recent merger with the former Cheltenham UMC has brought a new core of willing workers and leadership to the congregation. A warm, welcoming congregation, willing to try new ministries, describes this fellowship.
Announced March 19, 2012
Lori Wagner is appointed to Prospect Park United Methodist Church on the Southeast District. Rev. Wagner is a Licensed Local Pastor in the Eastern PA Conference. She has been serving Old Union United Methodist Church in Wallingford since 2008.
Announced March 9, 2012
Brian Reading is appointed to Schuylkill Haven: First United Methodist Church, in the Northwest District as a part time local pastor, effective February 7, 2012. Previously he served the Lewistown: Calvary Evangelical United Methodist Church for over five years. Pastor Reading is retired from 36 years of federal service in the US Postal Service and the Pennsylvania Air National Guard. Upon retirement he was hired at Schuylkill Haven: First in the staff position of Associate in Discipleship. Now he returns to his home church, this time under appointment as Minister of Visitation.Pastor Reading is active in the community through the Lions club and umpiring adult softball. He is also a member of the Mountain Top Walk to Emmaus. Brian is married to Judy Greenawalt Reading and the couple has two grown children.
Kenneth Klingborg is appointed to Annville United Methodist Church, in the Northwest District. Previously Pastor Klingborg served for 19 years as pastor of the Chapman’s Quarries and Bushkill Charge. He was the pastor of the Bangor: Salem charge from 1984-1992. Pastor Klingborg is a graduate of United Wesleyan College and the Drew University Divinity School. He has been an active participant and officer of the Bowmanstown camp meeting for more than 20 years and has served on the Chapmans Borough Council. Ken is married to C. Susan Klingborg and the couple has two grown daughters. Ken lists his hobbies as singing, reading, history, steam trains, gardening, and bird watching.
Susan Daniels is appointed to St. Luke’s UMC in Lebanon. Pastor Daniels was recently approved by the Board of Ordained Ministry for commissioning toward elders orders. She has been serving the Fallsington UMC where she held short term Bible studies, took youth on their first mission trip, organized a children’s Christmas play and a blue Christmas service. Previously she served the Bridesburg UMC where she was instrumental in the beginning of a clothes closet and food pantry which is now serving 1000 people. Pastor Daniels is a puppeteer, loves to bake, makes homemade soap and crochets. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Eastern University in organizational management and a Master of Divinity from Palmer Theological Seminary.
Robert Wingfield Kirby III is appointed to be senior pastor of Jarrettown UMC. Dr. Brown is an elder and received his M.Div. and D.Min. degrees from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. Dr. Kirby has a wealth of experience in the corporate sector and entrepreneurial enterprise. Spiritual Formation is an emphasis that he brings to the appointment. He is married to Chris Kirby and has three adult children -- two daughters (Jennifer Kirby Ha and Jessica Kirby Alexander) and one son (PFC Robert Wingfield Kirby IV). Dr. Kirby comes to the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference from the Peninsula-Delaware Conference. Jarrettown United Methodist Church is a congregation that is in the midst of formulating its vision and mission for its future and is a church that is growing in its evangelical outreach to its community. This local church has a strong motivation to engage in spiritual formation in order that it might be available to God's guidance as it makes disciples for Jesus Christ and engages in ministry with and for its community.
Susan Sliker is appointed to Dagsboro: Bethel UMC (Peninsula Delaware Conference). Susan is currently serving New Holland UMC in the Southwest District. Susan was born and raised in Hanover, PA, the oldest of four. She attended Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, and received a BA in Christian Education in 1974. She graduated from Evangelical Theological Seminary in Myerstown, PA in 2002 with honors, after eight years of part-time study. Susan has served two churches in EPA Conference: Marticville and New Holland, both on the Southwest District. She has been involved in community, district and conference ministries. Susan has two grown children and five grandchildren. Some of her interests are spending time with family, going to the beach, traveling, sports, reading, knitting (just learning), biking/walking and cooking.
J. Timothy (Tim) Fisher is appointed to Bushkill and Chapman Quarries United Methodist Churches. Rev. Fisher is currently serving at Reeders UMC, near Stroudsburg, and has served churches in Coatesville, Reading and Lebanon during his career in the Eastern Pa. Conference. He is a graduate of Lehigh University. While in college, he took time off to live out west, and subsequently spent summers as a chaplaincy intern on the reservations of several Native American tribes. Rev. Fisher attended Gordon Conwell Seminary in Massachusetts, where he met his wife, the Rev. Robin Fisher, also a United Methodist pastor. Rev. Fisher’s interests include the camping ministries of our conference. He has served as a camp volunteer director for over twenty years. He is currently the Spiritual Director for the Mountaintop Emmaus Walk, and serves on the conference Board of Ordained Ministry and the District Committee on Superintendency. Pastor Tim is a trained volunteer fire fighter, and has been actively involved in fire companies in the communities in which he has served, and as an associate chaplain at area hospitals, currently serving at Pocono Medical Center. He is an avid trout fisherman and hunter.
Larry Mark is appointed to Reeders United Methodist Church. Rev. Mark currently serves as the Senior Pastor of Grace UMC in Pen Argyl. He arrived at Grace Church at a difficult time – their new pastor of 5 weeks had been killed in a bicycle accident with a car. Now, fourteen years later, he has led the church in growth and outreach. He has served churches in Reading, Akron, Havertown and Pocono Lake, often bringing healing to conflicted or challenging situations. Rev. Mark spent a number of years in extension ministry as a certified United Methodist evangelist and the director of Reach Ministries. He has preached and led evangelistic services and training in many of our conference churches. He has served the Lord as an ordained minister of the United Methodist Church for 35 years. He is a graduate of Millersville University, attended United Theological Seminary and completed his M.Div at Lancaster Theological Seminary while serving a church, Covenant UMC in Reading. He and his wife Deborah have three adult sons. In addition to his pastoral ministry and evangelism interests, Pastor Larry has several areas of interest. He has been deeply committed to preventing substance abuse among teenagers of the school districts and communities in which he has served. He has also been trained as a community organizer against hate groups and has, as a trained consultant, assisted conflicted churches to find healing and hope. He is committed to sharing the joy and hope of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Announced February 27, 2012
Monica Guepet is appointed to to Ackermanville United Methodist Church in the Northeast District. Rev. Guepet is currently the pastor of St. Paul’s UMC in Hellertown, where she has helped the church to grow and to develop a cooperative relationship with two other United Methodist Churches in the Bethlehem area. She is a graduate of Penn State University, with a degree in Religious Studies and a minor in Classical and Ancient Mediterranean Studies. She will receive her M.Div. degree from Moravian Seminary in May. Prior to her appointment to St. Paul’s, she served at Lehman Memorial United Methodist Church in Hatboro, first as Director of Christian Education and then, after her licensing, as Pastor of Christian Education. She is a member of the Northeast District Committee on Youth and Young Adult Ministry. She is married to Steve, and they are the parents of Alisabeth and Felicity. Rev. Guepet, who enjoys sacred dance, was joined by her daughter, Felicity, in leading the procession for opening worship at last year’s annual conference.
Joy Bagwell is appointed to Salem United Methodist Church in Allentown on the Northeast District. Rev. Bagwell is currently the pastor of Willistown UMC on the Southeast District. She received her M. Div. from Duke Divinity School and was ordained elder in the Virginia Annual Conference where she pastored churches in the Shenandoah Valley. Arriving in the Eastern Pa. Conference, she worked at United Methodist Neighborhood Services in Philadelphia t learn more about urban ministry. She has served as the pastor of Gradyville UMC and Calvary UMC in the University City area of Philadelphia, and as the associate pastor of First UMC of Media and Elam UMC. Highlights of her ministry include mission trips to the Gulf Coast, Mexico and Honduras. She enjoys trail riding on her bicycle and is passionate about shopping for pottery in the Seagrove area of North Carolina. Rev. Bagwell serves on the Southeast District Board of Church Location and Building.
Announced February 17, 2012
Sharon Barley is appointed to Wyomissing: Calvary United Methodist Church, in the Central District. She served as an Intentional Interim at Jarrettown UM Church, Boehm’s UM, and St. Paul UM. She has served as a consultant for Leola UM, Washington Boro UM, Strasburg UM, and coaches pastors throughout the Central Pennsylvania region on change leadership and strategic planning. She led an Intentional Interim Workshop at the Global Board of Ministries for TIMS, Nashville, and at Lake Junaluska, N.C. She holds a D.Min. from Wesley Seminary and M.Div. from Palmer Seminary, graduating both programs Summa Cum Laude. Dr. Barley is a licensed part-time local pastor who lives in Lancaster with her daughter, Micaiah 14 yrs. old, and son, Benjamin 12 yrs old. Both children attend Lancaster Mennonite School.
Candy LaBar is appointed to Richmond UMC in the Northeast District. Candy hails from the Falls United Methodist Church in the former Wyoming Conference, having transferred to the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference in 2008. She attended Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA for her bachelor’s degree in music education, and Drew Theological School in Madison, NJ for her Master of Divinity degree. She was commissioned at Annual Conference in May of 2010 and will be ordained in May of 2012. For the past four years, she has been serving as the Associate Pastor and Director of Adult Discipleship at East Stroudsburg UMC in East Stroudsburg, PA. She serves as the convener of the Northeast District Youth & Young Adult Ministry Team and is its representative to the District Transformation Team; she is a member of the Drew University Theological Alumni Association and serves on the Monroe County VNA/Hospice Board of Directors. She also volunteers in the community through local school music and theater programs. She enjoys writing liturgy, leading Taize-style worship, and challenging people to grow deeper in their faith. She and her husband, Keith, live in East Stroudsburg and are eagerly anticipating the birth of their first child in early March.
Announced February 10, 2012:
Eva Johnson is appointed to Evansburg United Methodist Church, in the Central District. Rev. Eva Johnson has served in professional ministry since 1992, as Director of Christian Education at St. Matthew’s: Valley Forge and Phoenixville: First. In 2004, Eva answered the call to pastoral ministry, attended Local Pastor’s School at Drew University, and was licensed and appointed to Phoenixville as Pastor of Christian Education. Rev. Johnson serves several positions at the Conference level as a member of Connectional Table, Safe Sanctuaries coordinator, Christian Educators contact person and chair of Hope for the Children which solicits commitments from churches for grant giving to EPA churches working with impoverished children and youth. Pastor Eva is married to Glenn Shallis, is mother to five grown children and grandmother to eleven grandchildren, ranging in age from infant to teenagers. Eva enjoys being with family and friends, reading, and spending time on the water. “I am deeply grateful to God for the grace and love that has been mine throughout my years in ministry and strive to share that with others.”
Announced February 1, 2012
James D. Anderman is appointed to Springfield: Covenant United Methodist Church on the Southeast District. Rev. Anderman is an Elder in the Eastern PA Conference. Since 2007 he has been serving Salem United Methodist Church in Allentown. He is a member of the Commission on Religion and Race and is Chairperson of the Northeast District Transformation Team. Previous appointments include: Parryville, Palmerton: Salem, Lehighton: Ebenezer, Danielsville: Salem, and Belfast: Wesley.
Announced January 25, 2012
Samuel Kofi Ashley is appointed to Mt. Pocono UMC. Rev. Ashley currently serves the Richmond UMC in the Slatebelt. The grandson of a Presbyterian minister, Rev. Ashley was raised in a Christian home in Ghana. He came to the United States in 2000 to complete graduate studies at East Stroudsburg UMC, having earned a bachelor's degree in History and the Study of Religions at the University of Ghana. At ESU he earned a Master of Education in Political Science. While a student, he attended East Stroudsburg United Methodist Church. He had been actively involved in church work as a layman in Ghana, and continued that commitment here. It was while volunteering at the church that he felt God's call to ordained ministry. Once he completed his degree at ESU, he enrolled at Drew Theological School. While a student, he worked on the staff of East Stroudsburg UMC, and later served Analomink and Portland UMS's as student pastor. In 2007 he was appointed to Richmond UMC. While serving at Richmond, Rev. Ashley reached out to the community, becoming a regular speaker in the local schools as he shared about life in Ghana. He led a mission trip to Ghana this past summer, taking volunteers from Richmond UMC to work and learn about the country, as well as delivering medical supplies collected by the church. Rev. Ashley serves on the Northeast District Committee on Ordained Ministry, where he coordinates the mentor program. He is also a member of the Board of Ordained Ministry and the Conference Relations Committee. Currently, he is participating in the Pastors of Excellence program at Ashland Theological Seminary. He is married to Sarah, whom he met while both were studying at East Stroudsburg. Sarah is also from Ghana, although her early years through elementary school were spent in Vienna. She is currently working as an Instructional Technology Specialist at Drew University’s Department of Media Communication and Technology. Kofi and Sarah are looking forward to working with the people of Mt. Pocono UMC in their mission to call, nurture and send disciples of Jesus Christ.
Tracy Bass is appointed to Paoli UMC, in the Central District. Tracy L. Bass has been a member of this conference for over twenty years. He has served in three prior cross racial/cross cultural appointments. Tracy is a trained interim pastor and a trained member of the EPA Conflict Intervention Team. Tracy has trained locally and across the country in multicultural ministry. He is a second-career Pastor after nearly two decades of practicing law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Tracy is an honors graduate from the Lutheran Theological Seminary of Philadelphia and a recipient of the Denman Award for Evangelism. Tracy L. is married to Tracy Y. Bass and they have two teenage sons.
Gil Clark is appointed to Janes UMC in Rising Sun, Maryland, in the Peninsula Delaware Conference. Rev. Clark is currently the pastor of Ackermanville UMC in the Slatebelt. Rev. Clark holds the M. Div. from Wesley Seminary. He was originally ordained deacon in the Virginia Annual Conference, but left ministry to attend to family issues. He later was licensed and served as a local pastor in the Greater New Jersey Conference. In 2006 he was appointed to Ackermanville UMC where he has led the church in its growth from part-time to full-time status. He attended the 2010 training event at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Kansas, and was energized for ministry by the experience. His focus at Ackermanville recently has been to assist the church in reaching out beyond the walls in outreach and ministry to the community. Rev. Clark has served on the District Committee on Youth and Young Adult Ministry. He is married to Ute, his partner in ministry.
Charles Clinton Cole is appointed to Downingtown United Methodist Church on the Southeast District. Rev. Cole is an Elder in the Eastern PA Conference. Rev. Cole serves as Chairperson of the Eastern PA Conference Joint Committee on Marital Separation & Divorce. He has been serving Paoli United Methodist Church since 2002. He has also served at Fallsington, Fairless Hills: First, Phila.: Church of the Redeemer, Ranshaw, and Former Shamokin: Chestnut Street. Charlie is married to Cindy.
Misty L. Fuller is appointed to Phila.: Sayers Memorial United Methodist Church on the Southeast District. Rev. Fuller is a Provisional Elder in the Eastern PA Conference. Rev. Fuller is currently serving the Haven Peniel United Methodist Church in Philadelphia and previously served Clearview United Methodist Church in Philadelphia.
Gary Jacabella is appointed to Berwyn United Methodist Church, in the Central District. Gary Jacabella grew up in the woods of the Pocono Mountains where his friendship with God began in nature. He has worked at Homeless Shelters in New York, Fort Lauderdale, Chester PA, and Bensalem PA. In addition to his M. Div., Gary has earned a Master of Arts in Holistic Spirituality from Chestnut Hill College and completed the training program for Spiritual Directors through Oasis Ministries for Spiritual Development. He directs a weeklong camp for older children at Gretna Glen called "Becoming Brave: Native American Adventure.” Gary's current musical interests include group drumming, playing the Native American Flute, and leading worship with singing and guitar. Gary and his wife Bernie have two beautiful daughters age 17 and 16.
Bradley Schutt is appointed to serve Pottsville: First United Methodist Church, effective November 1, 2011. Pastor Schutt is serving as a ¾ time local pastor. His predecessor, the former Rev. Storm Hutchinson, withdrew from the ministerial office. Previously Pastor Schutt was serving the First UMC of Secretary, MD, in the Peninsula-Delaware Conference. He is a graduate of Lancaster Theological Seminary and the University of Delaware. Bradley is married to Erin and the couple lives in Cressona.
Mark Young is appointed to First United Methodist Church of Phoenixville, in the Central District. Mark Young grew up in Delaware County before graduating from Boston University and the Duke Divinity School. He was ordained an elder in 1991 and has served at the Frankford Group Ministry, Holmesburg UMC, Trinity and Salem churches in Allentown, and Trinity UMC in Lebanon. Before his current appointment to Covenant UMC in Springfield, he served as a chaplain resident at Lancaster General Hospital.
Announced January 23, 2012
Bishop Peggy A. Johnson announces the following persons appointed to retirement, effective July 1, 2012:
Philip I. Ponce
Lorelei M. Bach
John H. Lynch
John T. (Jack) Wright
Stanley J. Krall
Terry A. Mills
Amy C. Smith
Carol V. Lawfer
David A. Knotts
Announced December 28, 2011:
Rev. Dr. Irving Cotto is appointed to be District Superintendent for the Northeast District. The Reverend Dr. Irving Cotto was born in New York City on the 4th of September 1954. He is the third of four children. Following his ordination as an elder in 1980 he continued to serve as pastor at Emanuel Church, a Latino congregation he planted in 1977. Later in 1983 he was appointed to serve at El Redentor Church in the city of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. There he served for sixteen years. From 1999-2008 he was the Senior Pastor at Asbury United Methodist Church in the city of Camden, New Jersey and transferred into the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference under the Episcopal leadership of Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar. At Asbury UMC he served as the Senior Pastor of a multiple staff ministry involving an Associate Pastor, a GBGM 10-10-10- Missionary, and a Music Director. This parish is a multicultural congregation consisting of two main fellowships, speaking English and Spanish, representing at least 25 countries. Under the initiative of Bishop Marcus Matthews from the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, Dr. Cotto was invited and appointed in 2008 to serve as Director of Congregational Development, with the primary responsibility of initiating new churches and faith communities. As part of his portfolio he is also director of Latino ministries. He is presently serving in this position as program staff of the Eastern PA Conference. Dr. Cotto graduated with a degree in Psychology (B.A.) from Bayamon Central University, Bayamon, Puerto Rico. He earned a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from Union Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry (D.Min) from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition, he obtained a second Master Degree in Pastoral Care and Counseling (M.S.) from Neumann University, a Franciscan institution in Aston, Pennsylvania. He is presently completing a Ph.D. in Theology through the Graduate Theological Foundation (GTF) in Indiana and the Instituto Teológico Internacional de Puerto Rico (ITIPRI). He is writing his dissertation in the area of Liturgy and Pastoral Care. He has served on the Board of Ordained Ministry in both the Eastern Pennsylvania and the Greater New Jersey Annual Conferences and was a member of the Peace and Justice Coalition in Lancaster, the Board of Advisers for the Salvation Army, and many other community efforts aimed at bringing change and transformation to the city. For many years, Dr. Cotto has served in a variety of capacities as a volunteer and as an independent contractor with a number of denominational agencies. He has facilitated many training modules for Lay Missioners, and has both written and implemented workshops on Liturgy and Worship as part of the National Plan for Hispanic Ministries. For ten years he was a volunteer Summer Camp Director with youth and children at Camps Innabah and Gretna Glen. He has also been an instructor for many years in the Course of Study School at Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, Texas and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston and Naperville, Illinois. As a youth Dr. Cotto studied music with a private piano teacher and at the Institute for Puerto Rican Culture in San Juan, Puerto Rico under a renowned musician, Dr. Francisco Lopez Cruz. An accomplished musician he has composed hymns and leads worship events throughout the country. Dr. Cotto is a member of the Order of Saint Luke and is founding Prior of the Spanish language Pennsylvania and New Jersey Chapter (PA-NJ). He is also a founding member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, a member of the American Counseling Association, the National Association of United Methodist Evangelists and the Society of Pastoral Theology. His interests include music, reading, movies, liturgical studies, and traveling. He is married to the Lilian Lucrecia de Paz, a Local Pastor and church planter, presently serving at Lehman UMC in Hatboro, PA. They have three grown children: Julio, Andres, and Alejandro.
Announced December 18, 2011:
Rev. Bronwyn Yocum is appointed to Grove United Methodist Church, located at 490 West Boot Road, West Chester, PA. She will be following Rev. Jack Wright, who will be retiring on June 30, 2012. Rev. Bronwyn Yocum comes to Grove UMC after serving as the Superintendent of the Northeast District of the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference where she took as her mission statement “To Encourage, Equip and Empower the Clergy and Laity of the District.” She helped to establish the youth ministry council on the district which sponsored youth rallies and district activities. The district developed a council on ministries for overseeing district programming and a district mission project program raising over $15,000 a year for mission projects both locally and in Africa. Rev. Yocum worked to strengthen relationships both among clergy and between churches and the conference, and established a strong connection between the UMC and its ecumenical partners, especially Moravian Theological Seminary. Prior to serving as District Superintendent, Rev. Yocum was the Senior Pastor of First UMC of Phoenixville. During her tenure the church developed its first mission and vision statement, developed a facilities vision, continued youth mission trips and added adult mission teams to the Gulf Coast. Rev. Yocum was active in the local community, serving on committees at the Phoenixville Hospital and on the board of the senior housing facility. She also participated in the local ministerium and other community organizations. Rev. Yocum has also served as Associate Pastor of Hopewell UMC and as Discipleship Coordinator of Berwyn UMC. She was elected as an alternate clergy delegate for the Northeast Jurisdictional Conference which will be held in July of 2012. Rev. Yocum has served as Chair of the Order of Elders and has been a member of the Board of Ordained Ministry. She is a graduate of Wellesley College, and holds the M. Div. from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and is currently working on a D. Min. from Drew Theological School. Prior to entering ministry, she was a human resources director for CBS, Inc., and Conrail. She is married to Gordon, an IT consultant in the Philadelphia area. They have two adult children: a daughter, Jenny, a teacher and jewelry designer, and a son, Douglas, a member of the professional choir at the Washington National Cathedral. Bishop Johnson requests your prayers and input as a new District Superintendent is sought for the Northeast District. Suggestions may be sent to her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bishop Peggy A. Johnson also announces the continued appointment of Rev. James Todd as an EPA District Superintendent. He will stay on as the superintendent of the Southwest District and as the Dean of the Cabinet for the 2012-2013 appointment year. A District Superintendent may serve up to 8 years.