Appointments & Retirements


2019 Appointments & Assignments

Bishop Peggy A. Johnson announces the following 2019 appointments and assignments–effective July 1, 2019, unless otherwise noted:

North District
  • Rev. Dave Alderson (Licensed Local Pastor) to serve Wescosville: Bethany UMC, as lead pastor, with Rev. Gary Dimovitz (Licensed Local Pastor) continuing as Associate Pastor, effective January 1, 2019.
  • Rev. Timothy Christman (Ordained Pastor, Evangelical Congregational Church) from Gordon: Simpson UMC to serve Drehersville: Salem UMC, Landingville: Welcome UMC and New Ringgold: Zion UMC half-time
  • Mr. Ralph Chubbuck (CLM) to serve Tobyhanna UMC half-time
  • Calvin Collins (Candidate for Ministry from the Pen-Del Conference) to serve Conyngham UMC 3/4 time effective July 1, 2019.
  • Rev. Misty Fuller  (Elder) from Phila: Sayers Memorial UMC and Phila: Berry-Long Memorial UMC to serve Clark’s Grove UMC and Shamokin: Zion UMC, full-time.
  • Rev. Nancy Gehres (Retire Licensed Local Pastor) to serve in extension ministry at Tremont Health and Rehab Center.
  • Rev. Bernard Kefer to serve Shamokin: Zion UMC in addition to his current appointment at Clark’s Grove UMC, effective January 1, 2019
  • Zimran Khan (Licensed Local Pastor) to serve Stroudsburg: Faith UMC, full-time, effective July 1, 2019
  • Rev. Candy LaBar (Elder) from Stroudsburg: Faith UMC to serve Bethlehem: Wesley UMC, full-time, July 1, 2019.
  • Rev. Larry Mark  (Retired Elder) to serve Cherry Lane UMC, half-time, July 1, 2019.
  • Rev. Daniel Meader (Licensed Local Pastor) to serve Weatherly: Centenary UMC 1/4 time. Continuing appointments at Coaldale UMC and Summit Hill UMC.
  • Rev. Nina Patton-Semerod (Elder) from Wooddale UMC to serve Bethlehem Epworth UMC, full-time, effective July 1, 2019
  • Karen Paquette (Lay Supply Pastor) serving Llewelyn UMC, 1/4-time, effective March 1, 2019.
  • Rev. Bridget Wagner (Licensed Local Pastor) to serve Cumbola and Mahanoy City: First UMC, half-time, effective July 1, 2019
  • Rev. Pat Welch (Part Time Local Pastor) to serve Allentown: Emmanuel UMC, 1/4-time, March 1, to June 30, 2019
South District
  • Rev. Nelson Alleman (Elder) to Thornton: Bethlehem UMC.
  • Certified Lay Minister Carrie Argro assigned to Chester: St. Daniel’s UMC Hope Point Campus, less than 25% time.
  • Rev. Catherine L. Bowers (Elder) from Ambler: Calvary UMC to Evansburg UMC 50% time.
  • Rev. Rodney Brailsford (Provisional Elder) from Haws Avenue UMC to Berwyn UMC
  • Rev. Thomas Brooks (Elder) from Phila.: Church of the Redeemer to Downingtown UMC.
  • Rev. Eric W. Carr (Provisional Elder) from Phila.: Mid-Town Parish UMC to Chester: St. Daniel’s UMC, as Full Time Associate Pastor.
  • Rev. Mary Beth Davis, PTLP from Booth’s Corner: Siloam UMC, to Extension Ministry: Neumann University, Pastoral Clinical Mental Health Counselor, effective January 2, 2019.
  • Rev. Johnson Dodla (Elder), from Coatesville: Olivet UMC to Mount Hope UMC (Aston).
  • Lay Pastor Carl Everett assigned to Phila.: Berry-Long Memorial UMC, 25% time.
  • Rev. Lin George (Part Time Local Pastor) to Grove UMC, one-half time, Associate Pastor, effective January 1, 2019.
  • Rev. Victor Gimenez (Part-time Local Pastor) from Darby: Union Memorial UMC (1/4 time) to Darby: Mt. Zion UMC (1/4 time) and Darby: Union Memorial UMC (1/4 time).
  • Rev. Jean Howe from West Lawn UMC 1/4 time and Reading: Grace UMC 1/4 time to Reading: Grace UMC 1/4 time and Geigertown: St. Paul’s UMC 1/2 time.
  • Rev. Bern Kefer (Elder) from Clark’s Grove UMC to Oxford UMC.
  • Rev. Dr. Christopher Jacob Kurien, from Lansdale: First UMC to Lincoln Park: Community UMC.
  • Rev. Dr. Alfred S. Maloney (Retired Supply) to Phila.: Wharton-Wesley UMC, less than one-quarter time, as interim pastor, effective January 1, 2019.
  • Rev. Brad Miller (Part-time Licensed Local Pastor) to Lima UMC, one quarter time, Associate Pastor/Youth Coordinator, effective February 1, 2019. This is Rev. Miller’s first appointment.
  • Ross Mowery (CLM) Lay Assignment to Kembleville UMC, 25% time.
  • Rev. John Neider (Part Time Local Pastor) to Glen Moore UMC, one-half time (with 25% as an appointment and 25% as a direct hire), effective January 1, 2019.
  • Lay Pastor Christopher Neilson, Lay Assigned to Phila.: Wharton-Wesley UMC, 25% time.
  • Rev. Keith D. Price (Retired Supply) to Nantmeal UMC,  one quarter time, effective May 12, 2019 through September 30, 2019 as interim pastor.
  • Rev. Brenda Del Rosario (Licensed Local Pastor) from Clifton Heights UMC  to Havertown: Union UMC, 25% time as Youth, Family and Outreach Coordinator, effective April 1, 2019.
  • Rev. Tamie Scalise (Provisional Elder) from Phila.: Germantown: First UMC to Mohnton: Calvary UMC.
  • Rev. Whymon Simmons, Local Pastor, from Darby: Mt. Zion UMC, Lead Pastor to Darby: Mt. Zion UMC, Pastor of Community Outreach, 25% time.
  • Rev. Mark Terry (Elder) from Oxford UMC to Springfield: Covenant UMC.
  • Lay Pastor Audrey Blackwell-Watson Washington assigned to Phila.: Sayers Memorial UMC, 50% time.
East District
  • Rev. Sunil Balasundarum to serve Doylestown UMC full-time.
  • Rev. William Brawner to serve Phila.: Mid-Town Parish UMC at one-quarter-time, in addition to his current appointment at Phila.: Haven Peniel UMC.
  • Rev. Efrian Cotto to serve Phila.: St. Phillips UMC at one-quarter-time, effective January 1, 2019, in addition to his current appointment at Phila.: El Mesias.
  • Rev. Thomas Daniel to serve Phila.: Church of the Redeemer (half-time) and Phila.: Somerton UMC (half-time).
  • Rev. Dr. Suzanne Wenonah Duchesne to serve Perkasie: First UMC at three-quarter-time.
  • Rev. Tim Duchesne to serve Conshohocken UMC full-time.
  • Rev. Bob Everett to serve Penns Park UMC, effective January 1, 2019.
  • Rev. Andrew Krpata to serve Hatboro: Lehman Memorial UMC full-time.
  • Rev. Anthony Rogers to serve Doylestown UMC at one-quarter-time, effective December 5, 2018.
  • Rev. Heidi Silliman to serve New Berlinville: St. Andrew UMC full-time.
  • Erin Maurer (deacon)  from Chalfont UMC to St. John’s Ivyland UMC, effective July 1 (secondary appointment).
West District
  • Rev. Brian G. Albert (elder in-full) to Mount Joy: Glossbrenner UMC, full-time, effective July 1, 2019.
  • Rev. James Anderman (elder in-full) to Palmyra: First UMC, full-time, effective July 1, 2019.
  • Mr. Jason Armold (lay supply) to Rocherty UMC, half-time, effective July 1, 2019.
  • Rev. Keith Buckbee (full time local pastor) to Myerstown: Zion UMC, full-time, effective July 1, 2019.
  • Rev. Richard Conner (retired elder) to serve as interim pastor at Ephrata: Hope UMC, half-time, effective January 1, 2019 through June 30, 2019.
  • Rev. John Cordes (elder in-full) to Lebanon: Hebron UMC, full-time, effective July 1, 2019.
  • Rev. Scott Dorn (elder in-full) to serve Ephrata: Hope UMC, full-time, effective July 1, 2019.
  • Rev. David Harris (elder in-full) to extension ministry at Cornwall Manor as lead chaplain, effective July 1, 2019.
  • Rev. Kevin Kresge (part time local pastor) to Hempfield UMC, part-time, effective July 1, 2019.
  • Rev. Timothy A. Kriebel (elder in-full) to serve Cornwall UMC, full-time, effective July 1, 2019.
  • Rev. Paul Miller (part-time local pastor) to serve Hopeland UMC, 3/4-time, effective January 1, 2019.
  • Rev. Gerald (Jerry) Reifsnyder (retired part-time local pastor) to Kleinfeltersville: Trinity UMC, quarter-time, effective July 1, 2019, in addition to his current appointment at Schaefferstown: Zion UMC.
  • Rev. Matthew Skillen (past-time local pastor) to serve Elizabethtown: St. Paul’s UMC, quarter-time, effective January 1, 2019.
  • Rev. Andrés Torres (part-time local pastor) to Lebanon: Bethany Mission UMC, quarter-time, effective March 1, 2019, as associate pastor.
  • Rev. Catherine Weaver (part-time local pastor) to Rawlinsville UMC, quarter-time, effective July 1, 2019.

2019 Clergy Retirements

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

  • Rev. Bonnie Alleman (Licensed Local Pastor) to retire effective July 1, 2019 and continue to serve Oak Grove UMC and Shamokin: Emmanuel UMC.
  • Rev. Steven T. Cherry (Elder) from Extension Ministry: Wesley Enhanced Living at Heritage Towers.
  • Rev. Charles Cole (Elder) from Downingtown UMC
  • Rev. Terrence Cooney (Local Pastor) to retire effective July 1, 2019 and continue to serve Birdsboro: Christ UMC and West Lawn UMC.
  • Rev. Mark Dricker (Local Pastor) to retire effective July 1, 2019 and continue to serve Fleetwood: Emmanuel UMC.
  • Rev. James Duckett (Part Time Local Pastor) from Croydon: Wilkinson Memorial UMC
  • Rev. Glen Esler (Elder) from Chaplain at Cornwall Manor.
  • Rev. Dr. Sarah Fernsler (Elder) to retire effective July 1, 2019 and continue to work in Extension Ministries with EarthKeepers.
  • Rev. James Heath (Elder) from Cornwall UMC
  • Rev. Debra Hebden (Elder) to retire effective July 1, 2019 and continue to serve Drums: St. Paul’s UMC halftime in retirement.
  • Rev. David Kling to retire effective June 30, 2019, and continue to serve Churchtown UMC and Terre Hill: St. Paul’s UMC
  • Rev. Dr. Colleen Kristula (Elder) to retire effective January 1, 2019 and to continue to serve Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries, 
  • Rev. Randy Leitzel (Elder) from Myerstown: Zion UMC
  • Rev. Nancy Miller (Elder) from On Loan to Susquehanna Conference
  • Rev. Michael Murphy (Elder) from Doylestown UMC
  • Rev. Lyle Neal to retire effective June 30, 2019, and continue to serve Schoeneck: Wiest UMC
  • Rev. John Neider (Local Pastor) to retire effective July 1, 2019 and continue to serve Romansville UMC and Glen Moore UMC.
  • Rev. William H. Phillips Jr. (Elder) from Military Health Network – Government Services.
  • Rev. Dr. Frank J. Richardson, Jr. from Extension Ministry
  • Rev. Richard Rimert (Elder) from Conestoga UMC and Safe Harbor UMC
  • Rev. Jackie Stewart (Part Time Local Pastor) from Philadelphia: Bickley’s New Beginning UMC
  • Rev. Dr. Deborah Tanksley-Brown (Deacon) from Kennett: Church of the Open Door to Retirement.
  • Rev. Cheryl Trent to retire effective July 1, 22019 from Conyngham UMC.
  • Rev. Maridel Whitmore (Elder) from Havertown: Hope UMC, effective January 1, 2019.
  • Rev. Scott Widmer (Elder) from Mohntown: Calvary UMC
  • Rev. Stephanie Brown Wilson (Deacon) to retire effective July 1, 2019 and continue to serve Phila.: Sayers UMC and Simpson House Senior Residence.
  • Rev. Susan Wollyung (Part Time Local Pastor) from Tobyhanna UMC

Re-retirements:

  • Rev. Nancy Gehres from Llewellyn UMC, effective February 28, 2019.
  • Rev. Janet Hess from Springfield: C. C. Hancock UMC and Springfield: Covenant UMC, effective June 30, 2019.
  • Rev. Dennis Keen from Nantmeal UMC effective May 11, 2019.
  • Rev. John Lynch from Kleinfeltersville: Trinity UMC
  • Rev. William (Bill) Kuntze from Cherry Lane UMC
  • Rev. Arthur (Art) Rettew from Rawlinsville 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.


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