East District Superintendency Committee

Expect Excellence on the East District

The East District is one of 4 districts in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of The United Methodist Church. The East District’s 87 churches are engaged in their mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world both in their own communities and around the globe.
2021 Charge Conferences

East District charge conferences will take place in person, September 7th – December 14th. Charge conference schedule, script and documents will be posted on the East District Webpage and emailed to you. If you have a conflict with the assigned day/time, it is your responsibility to contact the Pastor of the church to see if they are able to switch and notify the district office. All reports must be submitted to the district office 2 weeks prior to your charge conference.

DS Chats with Clergy

Hello Excellence Focused East Pastors,

Please join Dr. Foster at 9:00 AM on the 3rd Thursday of each month for DS Chats with Clergy:

  • October 21, 2021
  • November 18, 2021
  • December 16, 2021
  • January 20, 2022
  • February 17, 2022
  • March 17, 2022
  • April 21, 2022
  • May 19, 2022

Please contact the district office ( for the ZOOM link. If there are questions or best practices that will help our district churches between our monthly chats, please email to DS Foster to share with the body during our monthly chats.

The following are the questions shared to consider throughout our charge conference season:

  • What are you learning about yourself/ministry during this pandemic?
  • How are you connecting what you have learned and are learning t­­­o ensure the Mission of the Church is being realized?
  • What are some tangible signs? If your church/ministry ceases to exist, who in the community would miss it?
Fall 2021 Local Pastor Licensing School Schedule

Registration still open, but only until September 20th!

Online registration is open now

See and share the brochure.

  • Weeks 1 and 2 (October 1st-2nd and 8th- 9th): Rev. Dr. Michael Roberts (Educational Ministries; Mission and Evangelism) and Rev. Dr. Truman Brooks (Pastoral Care)
  • Week 3 : Off
  • Weeks 4 and 5 (October 22nd-23rd and 29th-30): Rev. Dr. Jim Todd (UM Tradition; Leadership and Administration) and Rev. Dr. Truman Brooks (Spiritual Direction)
  • Week 6: Off
  • Weeks 7 and 8 (November 12th-13th and 19th-20th): Rev. Dr. Suzanne Duchesne (Preaching: Public Worship and Liturgy)
Certified Lay Minister Program, Class of 2022 Certification 2023

Introduction Orientation Sessions

All sessions will be held via ZOOM video conferencing. Attendance at one orientation session is required for program admission.

  • Saturday, October 9 - 10:00-12:00 PM
  • Wednesday, October 13 - 6:30-8:30 PM
  • Thursday, October 21 - 6:30- 8:30 PM
  • Monday, October 25 - 6:30 - 8:30 PM
  • Tuesday, October 26 - 6:30 - 8:30 PM
  • Saturday, November 6 - 9:30 – 11:30 AM

Contact Judy Ehninger, CLM Program Coordinator, with questions, for further information, and to register for an Orientation Session: or 610-442-3140

Dewees Grant-Deadline extended to September 20

In accordance with the provision in the Dewees will, the funds are given to the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church “to use in the mission programs of the Church.” Grants will typically not exceed $5,000, and be for the initial funding of a project only.

Churches should send their application form to Rev. Dr. Andrew L Foster III (

Committees, boards and agencies should send the application form to the Director of Connectional Ministries: Dawn Taylor Storm (, Eastern PA Conference, P.O. Box 820, Valley Forge, PA 19482-0820).

Please email an electronic copy of the grant application, in addition to sending a printed copy by postal mail.

What's Happening Locally in the East District

Local East District Newsletters

Doylestown UMC - Latest Newsletter

Newtown UMC Sponsor - Online Series of Seminars

“BECOMING A BETTER YOU” -- A 7-part Virtual Seminar Series with Richard Yahn, M.S. (Masters Level Therapist at Newtown Therapy and Wellness Center). Covering the topics of Anxiety, Relationships, Self-Development, Life Transitions, & Self-Care.

Weekly - Sundays at 7:00 p.m. from September 26 – November 14, 2021.

*Seminars are FREE, LIVE, and presented VIRTUALLY! *Seminars are open to the entire community! *Please register by sending an email to for the Zoom link. Download flyer for more information

Washington Crossing UMC - Lifestyle of Miracle Conference

Thursday, September 30, 2021, 7:00 PM - Saturday, October 02, 2021, 3:00 PM

Marcus Dygert, co-founder of Monarch Ministries International will be our guest speaker for the Crossing's "Lifestyle of Miracles" Conference. At Monarch Ministries International conferences, the focus is to equip people to cultivate a life in Christ that will empower Christians to believe again in the signs and wonders of the healing and prophetic ministries. 

The ministry believes that the Church can grow even more through sustaining an ability to cultivate the lifestyle of miracles through long-term relationships. All registrants have the option of attending in-person and/or via the live webinar. More information.

District Map

Use our interactive Google Map below to locate a church. You can click on one of the pegs for information on the church.