Appointments & Retirements

2019 Appointments & Assignments

North District

  • Rev. Bernard Kefer to serve Shamokin: Zion UMC in addition to his current appointment at Clark’s Grove UMC, effective January 1, 2019

West District

  • Rev. Richard Conner (retired elder) to serve as interim pastor at Ephrata: Hope, half-time, effective January 1, 2019 through June 30, 2019.
  • Rev. Paul Miller (part-time local pastor) to serve Hopeland, 3/4-time, effective January 1, 2019.
  • Rev. Matthew Skillen (past-time local pastor) to serve Elizabethtown: St. Paul’s, quarter-time, effective January 1, 2019.

2019 Clergy Retirements

Bishop Johnson announces the following 2018 retirements effective July 1, 2019 unless otherwise noted.  Some individuals may continue serving at their current appointments in retired status.

  • The Rev. Michael Murphy (Elder) from Doylestown UMC
  • The Rev. Charles Cole (Elder) from Downingtown UMC
  • The Rev. James Heath (Elder) from Cornwall UMC
  • The Rev. Randy Leitzel (Elder) from Myerstown: Zion UMC
  • The Rev. Scott Widmer (Elder) from Mohntown: Calvary UMC
  • The Rev. Richard Rimert (Elder) from Conestoga UMC and Safe Harbor UMC
  • The Rev. Susan Wollyong (Part Time Local Pastor) from Tobyhanna UMC
  • The Rev. Jackie Stewart (Part Time Local Pastor) from Philadelphia: Bickley’s New Beginning UMC
  • The Rev. James Duckett (Part Time Local Pastor) from Croydon: Wilkinson Memorial UMC


  • The Rev. Arthur (Art) Rettew from Rawlinsville UMC
  • The Rev. John Lynch from Kleinfeltersville: Trinity UMC
  • The Rev. William (Bill) Kuntze from Cherry Lane UMC

*This list is subject to change any time. A pastor’s name on this list is simply a status designation. They may or may not continue to serve in some capacity either at their current appointment or at another appointment.  

2018 Appointments & Assignments

Bishop Peggy A. Johnson announces the following 2018 appointments and assignments, effective July 1, 2018 unless otherwise noted:

North District

  • The Rev. David R. Alderson (Part-time Local Pastor) from Strasburg: Wesley UMC (West District) to Full-time Local Pastor (status as of July 1)at Wescosville: Bethany UMC (North District).
  • The Rev. Sukja Bang (Full Elder) from Swarthmore UMC (South District) to Ackermanville UMC.
  • The Rev. Sean Dougherty (Part-time Local Pastor) from Lebanon: Bethany UMC to Reeders UMC (3/4 time), as of February 1, 2018.
  • The Rev. B. Kenneth Edwards (part-time local pastor) from Effort UMC to Joliett: First UMC & Tremont: St. John’s UMC (1/4 time) and Effort UMC (1/4 time), as of January 1, 2018.
  • The Rev. Jennifer Freymoyer (Full Elder) from Bethlehem: Epworth to Shoemakersville: Salem (¾ time) and the North District as District Assisting Elder (¼ time).
  • The Rev. Lorraine Heckman (part-time local pastor) to Gilberton UMC (1/8 time) as part of a  three church circuit with Port Carbon: First and Grace as of July 1, 2018.
  • The Rev. Gordon Hendrickson (Retired Full Elder) has been appointed as interim pastor at Wescosville: Bethany (¾ time) and Extension Ministry (¼ time), effective July 1, 2018  to December 30, 2018.
  • Rev. Joong Hyuck Kim (full elder) to serve Bethlehem: Fritz, half-time, effective July 1, 2018 and Bethlehem: Korean, half-time, effective July 1, 2018.
  • The Rev. Barbara Smith Lee (Full Elder) from Bethlehem: Fritz Memorial to Extension Ministry.
  • Manfredo Martinez Luna (lay supply pastor) to Allentown: Salem as Lay Assistant Pastor (1/4 time) effective May 1, 2018.
  • Rev. Susan Moore (retired full elder) to serve Lewistown Valley: Calvary Evangelical, half time.
  • Jack Murray (lay supply  pastor) from Gilberton UMC to Saint Clair-Wade UMC (1/4 time) as of July 1, 2018.
  • The Rev. William “Bill” Ritzenthaler (full-time local pastor) from Emerald: St. Peter’s UMC to Palmerton: Salem (1/4 time) and Emerald: St. Peter’s UMC (3/4 time) as of January 14, 2018.
  • The Rev. Philip Sabas (retired full elder) from Lewistown Valley: Calvary Evangelical to Barnesville: Bethany/Quakake: Ebenezer (1/4 time) and Tamaqua: First (1/4 time), effective July 1, 2018.
  • Mr. Robert Schrepple (CSM) assigned to serve Gilberton UMC, 1/8 time, effective November 1, 2018
  • Rev. Lori Wagner (Provisional Elder) to serve Quakertown UMC, full-time, effective November 1, 2018
  • The Rev. Barbara Welsh (Retired Local Pastor) will continue as pastor of Ringtown: Aurand Memorial UMC (1/2 time).  

East District

  • The Rev. Bob Amundsen from Bensalem UMC appointed to Woxal: Tabor.
  • The Rev. Alice Ann Bonham from Ackermanville (North District) to Bensalem UMC (East District).
  • The Rev. Rodney Brailsford from 1/2 time to full-time at Norristown: Haws Avenue.
  • The Rev. Eric Carr (Provisional Elder) from part-time at Wharton-Wesley UMC Philadelphia and part-time at Mid-Town Parish UMC Philadelphia to full-time at Mid-Town Parish UMC Philadelphia.
  • John W. Coleman (part-time lay supply pastor) to Philadelphia: Servants of Christ UMC (1/4 time, 1st assignment) as of July 1, 2018.
  • The Rev. Terry Lee Corpier (part-time local pastor) to Springtown: Salem (1/2 time, first appointment)
  • The Rev. Irving Cotto from North District Superintendency to Warrington: St. Paul’s.
  • The Rev. Elisandra Garcia to 1/4 time at Philadelphia: El Mesias (in addition to her current appointment at Philadelphia: Holy Spirit UMC).
  • The Rev. Shayla Johnson from 1/2 time to full-time at Philadelphia: Mother African Zoar.
  • The Rev. Marcia Lincoln-Heinz from Manheim: Salem UMC  (West District) to Kensington “Old Brick” UMC (part time) and Fox Chase UMC (part time).
  • The Rev. Tamie Scalise from 3/4 time to full-time at FUMCOG (Germantown, First UMC). Effective January 1, 2018.
  • The Rev. Blaik Westoff from Woxal: Tabor to Newtown UMC.

South District

  • Rev. Kevin Babcock (Full-time Licensed Local Pastor) from Clifton Heights (1/2 time) and West Grove (1/2 time) to Clifton Heights (1/2 time) and Swarthmore (1/2 time).
  • Rev. Amy Banka (Elder) from Hopewell UMC: Associate Pastor to Hopewell UMC: Lead Pastor.
  • The Rev. Timothy Beardsley (Licensed Local Pastor) from Kemblesville UMC to Fremont: Union UMC  (less than 1/4 time) and Kemblesville UMC (less than 1/4 time).
  • Eddie Cameron (Deacon in Full Connection) from Lancaster: First UMC to Hopewell UMC, Associate Pastor.
  • Rev. Mercedes Case (Provisional Elder) from Voluntary Leave of Absence to Full Time Extension Ministry as Spiritual Care Coordinator at Aseracare Hospice in Exton, PA., effective March 6, 2018.
  • Rev. Shirley Daddario (Licensed Local Pastor) from West Grove UMC, Associate (part time) to Friendship UMC (part time).
  • Rev. Lin George (Part-time Local Pastor) from Grove UMC (Associate) to Glen Moore UMC ( ½  time).
  • Rev. Janet Hess (Retired Full Elder) from Springfield: C. C. Hancock to Pastor of Visitation at Springfield: C. C. Hancock (1/4 time) and Springfield: Covenant (1/4 time).
  • Rev. Etta McCall (part time Licensed Local Pastor) to Pottstown: Salem UMC, 1/4 time. This is Rev. McCall’s first appointment.
  • Rev. Dorry Newcomer from Newtown UMC (East District) to Lima UMC (South District)
  • Rev. Brenda Del Rosario (Part Time Licensed Local Pastor) from Associate Pastor at Springfield: C. C. Hancock to Associate Pastor at Clifton Heights (less than 1/4 time).
  • Rev. Kevin Rutledge (Full Elder) from Associate Pastor at Springfield: Covenant to Lead Pastor at Springfield: C. C. Hancock (1/4 time) and Associate Pastor at Springfield: Covenant (3/4 time).
  • Patrick Welch (Part-time Licensed Local Pastor) from Friendship UMC to Glen Moore UMC.

West District

  • Rev. Nelson Berrios (part-time local pastor) to serve Neffsville: Long Memorial, half-time, effective September 1, 2018.
  • Rev. James Brashear (retired elder) to serve Limeville, half-time, effective July 1, 2018.
  • Rev. Gregory Impink (part-time local pastor) to serve Ironville UMC ¾-time and Newtown UMC 1/4 -time, effective July 1, 2018.
  • Rev. Jeffrey Kapp (part-time local pastor) to serve Lebanon: Bethany Mission, ¼ time, effective February 1, 2018, in addition to his current appointment at Ebenezer (3/4 time).
  • Rev. Larry Kipp (part-time local pastor) to serve Rothsville: Salem, quarter-time, effective November 1, 2018.
  • Rev. David Kling (part-time local pastor) to serve Terre Hill: St. Paul’s quarter-time, effective July 1, 2018 (in addition to his current appointment at Churchtown.
  • Mr. Roger Kresge (Certified Lay Minister) to serve Peach Bottom: Mt. Zion quarter-time, effective July 1, 2018.
  • Rev. John Laughlin (elder) to serve Manheim: Salem, full-time, effective July 1, 2018.
  • Rev. Kerry Leeper (elder) to serve Millersville Community, full-time, effective July 1, 2018.
  • Rev. John Lynch (retired elder) to serve Kleinfeltersville: Trinity half-time, effective July 1, 2018.
  • Ms. Glenda Machia (lay supply) assigned to serve Akron: Mt. Zion quarter-time, effective July 1, 2018.
  • Rev. David G. Ryan (part-time local pastor) to serve Strasburg: Wesley half-time, and Bethesda quarter-time effective July 1, 2018.
  • Rev. Janet Saddel (elder) to serve Lancaster: First, full-time, as associate pastor, effective July 1, 2018.
  • Rev. Susan Sliker (elder) to serve Jonestown, full-time, effective March 1, 2018.

Other Appointments

  • Rev. Mandy Miller from Reading: Holy Cross, Wyomissing Campus to Lead Pastor, Holy Cross: Reading and Calvary Campuses effective Jan. 1, 2018.
  • Rev. Steve Morton appointed to North District Superintendency, effective July 1, 2018. See announcement from the Bishop

Past Appointments & Retirements: