2017 New Appointments
Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton intends to make the following appointments at the 2017 session of the New York Annual Conference, to be effective July 1, 2017.
For more information about each pastor and their new appointment, please click the pastor’s name; those without a link will have more information posted shortly. Dates indicated are the date the appointment was announced.
Seungkwon (Joseph) Yang to Kensington & Newington, CT District
Jacqueline Carter to Monticello & Hurleyville, CH District
Heidi Thomas to Brooklyn: Bethel, LIW Disrict
Debra Williams to Jamaica: St Paul's, LIW District
Pearlena Lobban to Oceanside: First, LIW District
Darlene E. R. Reslingto Hudson Highlands Cooperative Parish, NY/CT District
Jennifer Berry to Ellenville, CH District
Leo Lee to Brooklyn: NY Namsan Korean, LIW District
Bonnie Snyder to Copake & Craryville, CH District
David D. Henry (retired) to Inwood: St. Paul's, LIW District
Lee Stowe to Shandaken: Memorial, CH District
Kevin Mulqueen to Westbrookville, CH District — He will add this to his present charge, Ridgebury: Grace in the NY/CT District
Kenneth Bohler to Hampton Bays, LIE District
Sharon Pizzo to Center Moriches, LIE District
Changhoon Chung to Staten Island: Christ Korean, MET District
Prince Donkor to Ghana Long Island & St. James, NY, LIE District
Jacob Eun to Gaylordsville, CT District
Laurel Scott to Brooklyn: Newman Memorial, LIW District
Luke Jaeyong Park to Manhattan: Morningside, MET District
Lori Hartman to Manhattan: Mount Calvary/St. Mark's, MET District
Marion Hubbard to Buchanan: Trinity-Boscobel, NY/CT District
Jaewoong Chang to a Pastoral Appointment in Another United Methodist Conference; The Church of Mt. Zion, Baltimore-Washington Conference
Paul Moon to Appointment to an Extension Ministry, Ecumenical Agency; Epicenter Group, Washington, DC
Oon Don Choi to Staten Island: Woodrow & Summerfield, MET District
Kwang-Il Kim to Rock Hill & Woodridge Charge, CH District
Lee Gangaware (retired) to Pleasant Valley, CT District
John Blossom (student) to South Meriden: Trinity, CT District
Cedric Johnson to Ossining: United & St. Matthew's, MET District
Cecile (Sandy) Koppmann to Amityville: First, LIE District
Dale Ashby to Greenville-Norton Hill, CH District
Melvin Boone to Brooklyn: Kings Highway, LIW District
Martha Vink to NOW Larger Cooperative Parish, NY/CT District
Young Hoon Kim to Bronx: Bethel, MET District
Stefanie Bennett to Manhattan: John Street, MET District
Hermon Darden to Bronx: St. Stephen's English, MET District
Thomas Gye Ho Kim to Darien, NYCT District
Roslyn Lee to Commack, LIE District
Won Tack Lee to Commack: Long Island Korean, LIE District
Robert Milsom to Kingston: St. James, CH District
Jung Ung Moon to Bayside, Senior Pastor and Bayside: The Shepherd, LIW District
William Wendler to Bayside, Associate Pastor, LIW District
Alpher K. Sylvester to Connecticut District Superintendent
About Dale Ashby
Dale has served Colchester Community UMC in Downsville for twelve years. For the first eight years, he also served the East Branch/Harvard UMC. In 2013, these two churches were brought into the Western Catskills Parish, along with the First UMC of Walton and the Roscoe United Church. Dale was assigned to lead the pastoral team and to work primarily with Downsville and Walton. This has been his whole life in full-time, set-apart ministry! He has a PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University, and he worked almost 20 years as an engineer for NASA and Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. His love of God and passion for ministry were obvious to all who knew him from childhood on. His lay leadership included directing youth groups, training as a Stephen Minister, VIM trips to Bolivia, and lay membership in the California-Nevada Annual Conference. As a pastor, we have been blessed by his preaching, teaching, efficient administration, and social witnessing. He is married to Laura, and together they have a 26-year-old son.
About Asbury United Methodist Church of Greenville
The Asbury UMC of Greenville chose their new name at the last Charge Conference, partly to honor the history of the charge (part of the old Coeymans circuit which Bishop Asbury visited occasionally), and partly to acknowledge that the previous name was too long. Even the short version, “Greenville-Norton Hill,” tended to be reduced to just “Greenville.” Formed by the merger of Greenville and Norton Hill in the 1950s and then joined by the Olin Chapel of Lamb’s Corners in 1997, Greenville has been for many decades by most measures the strongest rural church in the NYAC. It has a sprawling campus with half a dozen buildings, a rich worship life with beautiful music and weekly Communion, a heart for mission, a substantial thrift shop, one of the only day care centers in Greene County, and a significant collection of small groups, including UMW and Stephen Ministry.
About Stefanie Bennett
Stefanie is presently pastor of First UMC Amityville in Long Island. Stefanie was ordained an elder in the Texas Annual Conference in 1996. In Texas she served rural, suburban churches and an urban church in downtown Houston. In 2005, she came to NYAC on loan and served two churches in CT, New Milford UMC, and First UMC in Middletown. She has a passion for history, especially the nineteenth century with particular interests in anti-slavery, abolitionism and the Civil War. She has a passion for finding in our past lessons for the present and future.She believes there is much for modern Methodists to learn from the stories a place like John Street is positioned to tell. Stefanie’s strongest gifts are in leading traditional worship for contemporary people. She is greatly excited about serving in the financial district reaching out through the city. Stefanie has wonderful parents to whom she is very close who live in CO and two sibling families who live out West.
About John Street United Methodist Church
John Street is where Methodism in the United States had its beginning 250 years ago. Tucked in a corner of Wall Street this church is more than a museum; it is home to faithful followers of Jesus Christ. John Street is a common component of confirmation classes and visitors around the world. But on Sunday you can find a worship community that offers sound preaching and a melodious choir. The Monday night bible study is where you will find the core of the membership. Together they study and reflect on the word of God. It is here where lives are transformed and new ministries emerge. The congregation is involved in the Red Bird Mission, UMW, UMCORR, Children's Home, the Heifer Program and the Bowery Mission which provides over 1,000 hot meals daily for those in need.
About John Blossom
John Blossom is a Certified Candidate for the ordained ministry from the Connecticut District of the New York Annual Conference. He is passionately devoted to making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. He is a strong advocate for church growth that includes all generations in God’s mission of healing, hope, and everlasting love, in both traditional and unconventional ministries. For the past two years John has served as a Seminarian Associate for First United Methodist Church Middletown, where he helped to rebuild the mission, evangelism, devotion, and worship of this re-emerging congregation. John is completing his Master of Divinity degree at Yale Divinity School, having completed earlier studies towards his degree at Hartford Seminary. He lives in Guilford, Connecticut with his wife June-Ann of 33 years, and their adult son Christopher.
About Trinity United Methodist Church, South Meriden
Trinity United Methodist Church was formed over 150 years ago on Main Street. This beautiful church has been a beacon to everyone in South Meriden for generations. Its newly renovated educational building next door houses a children’s day care facility, church offices and meeting space for local nonprofits’ use. The congregation is engaged in mission work at the town food pantry, soup kitchen and homeless shelter. Trinity members are active in UMARMY and own Unity House, a mission home offered to refugees and persons in transition. Globally, members participate in an annual trip to Nicaragua to work with a UMC medical/spiritual mission. There are lively church dinners and events like the June Strawberry Shortcake Festival. These and other community events make this church a place to enjoy fellowship and glorify God.
About Melvin Boone
Melvin Boone has loved and shepherded the people in Monticello and Hurleyville for three years. A Nassau County Detective for over 20 years, and an ordained deacon in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Melvin served as Associate Pastor of St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Rockville Centre from 2007 to 2015. He has sung with the Shepherd Singers for many years, and that is how he came to the attention of Rev. Adrienne Brewington, who recommended him to the Cabinet of the NYAC. He became the Pastor of the Monticello and Hurleyville UMCs in 2015. Melvin understands people whether or not they are in the church. A preacher motivated to love people and follow Jesus, he led the two churches to expand their ministries with the poor, the homeless, and the hungry. He excels in worship leadership and preaching. He is also an enthusiastic evangelist, baptizing seven adults and three children in 2015. Melvin is the father of Callie, Melvin IV, and Tylar, and grandfather to Soncie and Yanique.
About Mendis Brown
Pastor Mendis is currently the pastor of Bethel UMC in Brooklyn. She states, “My goal is to continue providing the highest standard of Christ-centered servant leadership to the church of Jesus Christ.” She was born in Jamaica and raised in a Methodist family. Mendis will be ordained as elder in the Annual Conference in 2017. She served almost 30 years as a middle school teacher, an assistant principal and a principal in New York City as well as Jamaica. She is a dynamic preacher, teacher, and prayer warrior focusing on the equipping God’s people to make disciples to transform the world. She has been married to Glenville for 41 years. They have two grown children, Andrew and Shelly-Ann.
About First United Methodist Church, Jamaica
The Methodist Movement in Jamaica began when Captain Thomas Webb, a soldier in the British army, preached a sermon in Jamaica in 1776. He was converted by the preaching of John Wesley and considered himself Wesley's spiritual son. Jamaica First has been serving the community very effectively over 200 years in the following ways: a food Pantry, an after school program, Boy and Girl Scout and Sunday programs. First Church has members from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe and South America. For the purpose of mission and ministry First Jamaica is sharing the buildings with Jamaica Queens Hispanic congregation and Indo-Pakistan mission church and the 82nd Street Academy for public education during weekdays.
About Oon Don Choi
Oon Don was ordained elder in 2002 in the New York Annual Conference. Since 2014 he has served St. Matthew’s UMC and Ossining United in Ossining, NY. Oon Don has experience serving cross-cultural and cross racial appointments throughout the New York Conference. He has learned to meet the needs of the present community by building relationships with the members, and providing mid-week bibles study classes. He is married to Kyoung-Mi Choi.
About Woodrow and Summerfield United Methodist Churches
Woodrow UMC is the oldest congregation in Staten Island. The congregation was organized in 1787 and the present sanctuary dates to 1842. The church owns an active cemetery; which dates to 1767. This congregation’s mission statement reads: As the body of Christ we will continue to seek to fulfill God’s call of making disciples of all nations at such a time as this, baptizing them in the name of The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit.” This small congregation enjoys spending time in fellowship one with the other and hold weekday bible studies.
Summerfield UMC built is first church building in 1839 and its present building dates to 1869. This congregation is very excited about addressing the needs of the children in their community. They want to be able to provide them with a Christian education as well as being a home away from home for the youth. The youth have begun a liturgical dance group and are open to inviting creative worship experiences.
About Changhoon Chung
Changhoon has served the church faithfully for the past 18 years. He is known for his passionate preaching, teaching and his ability to build up the body of faith. Under his pastorate, Rev. Chung was given an empty church building, the congregation grew from 0 to 120 members! He loves God and seeks to build a stronger relationship with the members of Christ Korean UMC so they, too, can be in ministry with the community.
About Christ Korean UMC
Christ Korean is a faithful congregation mostly made up of middle-aged adults, who yearn to create space for younger families. They are eager to strengthen their evangelism and they believe that a church building will position them to invite people into fellowship and community.
Rev. David Collins and Pastor Romana Abelova appointed to the United Methodist Church of Port Washington
About David Collins
David was born and raised in Myrtle Beach, SC. He attended Spartanburg Methodist College and received his BA in religious studies from the University of South Carolina. Following graduation, David enrolled at the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary and completed his Master of Divinity at Drew Theological in Madison NJ. Along the way David worked as a youth pastor and discovered his love for ministry with youth. An ordained elder in the NYAC, David has served the following churches: Roscoe, Callicoon, the Upper Catskill Larger Parish and, most recently, the NOW Cooperative Parish in the NYCT District.
About Romana Abelova
Romana (Romi) is a native of Bratislava, Slovakia and graduated from Camenaris University. She attended Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and Moravian Theological Seminary, completing her degree program in 2010. Romana is a Local Pastor in the ordination process and served Roscoe and Callicoon, The Upper Catskill Cooperative Parish and the NOW Cooperative Parish with her spouse, David. Romi has a love for administration, community outreach and relationship building within the church and in the wider community. She and David both share a passion for preaching.
David and Romi are excited about their appointment to the UMC of Port Washington, which has many possibilities. This church especially offers shared ministry opportunities for a clergy couple. Romi and David are the parents of two daughters, Veronika and Viktoria.
About the United Methodist Church of Port Washington
Since 1852, the United Methodist Church of Port Washington has served the community of Port Washington, offering space for meetings, performances and a home for several community groups. There are two distinct weekly opportunities for worship and fellowship. This congregation also offers opportunities for mission and community service. Apart from weekly Sunday School for children ages 4 – 12, there is also child care for babies and opportunities for youth to explore the Bible through activity-based learning. The nursery and Sunday School are designed to allow parents to participate in worship while young children are taught the faith on a level which they can understand. The church building and grounds operate as a spiritual home for its members and a resource for the community in which it is located. This congregation understands itself as a welcoming Christian community inviting all to be loved and healed.
About Hermon Darden
Since 2011 Hermon has been pastor of Vandeveer Park UMC in Brooklyn. He has been serving congregations in the New York Annual Conference since 1978. From 1989 to 1991 he served as Superintendent of the then Hudson West District. Following that, he served three congregations in Manhattan (Mt. Calvary, St. Mark’s, Metropolitan Community), Brooklyn (Kings Highway) and Mt. Vernon. In his appointments, he has consistently proclaimed that biblical values need to be applied to personal living and to social justice. His preaching and teaching have been affirmed by the congregations he has served. Also he is passionate about serving and caring for the people in need, such as the homeless, youth and children not able to read. As pastor he has faithfully equipped the people of God to build up the body of Christ for the transformation of the world.
About St. Stephen's English
St. Steven’s traces its roots back to Methodist circuit riders in the early 19th century. It became a chartered congregation in 1835. The church moved to its present location on 228th Street and Marble Hill Avenue in 1898. The Marble Hill section of the Bronx is experiencing a resurgence of businesses and shopping centers. The church has been able to connect with the neighboring community. They look forward to the opportunity to share Christ in new ways, they are eager to go beyond their walls and be the church. The members are open to young people; they are open-minded and enjoy blending more traditional hymns with contemporary Christian songs and integrating creative worship experiences. The congregation is blessed with a number of musicians. Even though they are small in number they continue to be people of great hope.
About Jacob Eun
Jacob is a Methodist born and bred, born into a Methodist family and raised in Methodist churches. He graduated from University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Psychology in 2012, Drew Theological School with a Master of Divinity in 2015, and Princeton Theological Seminary with a Master of Theology with a concentration in New Testament in 2016. Along the way, Jacob served children’s, youth, and young adult ministries. Jacob is passionate about sharing the Good News of Jesus and desiring to grow together in every way into Christ. It is his sincere prayer to channel the love and grace of God through his life and ministry.
About Gaylordsville UMC
Gaylordsville United Methodist church is nestled in the quiet community of Gaylordsville, a village located in the northwest corner of New Milford, Connecticut. This congregation understands itself as a loving, friendly community that worships God and serves others. It places a high priority on teaching from the Bible and following the example of Jesus. They are a church family that draws its strength not only from the teachings of Christ and the bible, but through the love and support of each other. Their motto is, “Come as you are, all are welcome at the biggest, little church in New England.”
About Joseph Ewoodzie
Since 2003 he has served as the Director of Mission and Outreach Ministries. As the pioneer for this position, Joseph created and organized the new Conference Missions and Outreach Ministries office. He was born and nurtured in Ghana, West Africa. He migrated to the U.S. as a student to earn three master’s degrees in Divinity, Theology, and Philosophy at the Interdenominational Theological Center, Emory University, and Drew University respectively. He served eight years in the local church as a pastor before his current appointment. Joseph brings his experience and passion for intercultural competence to his new pastoral leadership role.
About Farmingdale United Methodist Church
The church began in 1842 as the Methodist Society of Farmingdale. The church offers two Sunday services: a traditional service with a variety of liturgical elements and music ministry of the multiple choirs with a children’s moment; and a second service offering an additional worship opportunity, a blending of praises and heart felt prayers. There is an active Sunday School program for Pre K to 12th grade, a youth group on the go for 6th grade to 12th grade, meeting weekly. Also, there are many spiritual growth and service opportunities for men and women through active UMM and UMW as well as other small group Bible studies. UMW has several women circles focusing on interests and service. A notable outreach ministry of the church is Soup Group, a weekly feeding ministry to the hungry engaging the entire community in service and outreach. Farmingdale UMC is an anchor in the community, actively serving and engaging with the community.
About Carlos Figueroa
Carlos Ruben Figueroa Colombani was born in December 1985 in Portsmouth, Virginia to Puerto Rican parents. However, he was raised in Carolina, Puerto Rico. There, he was a member of the same church as the late Rev. Milca Plaud. After finishing his bachelor’s degree in English as a Second Language Education, he marred Adriana Gonzalez. Together they moved to New York City to continue their studies: Adriana in fashion design and Carlos in theology. In May, 2016 Carlos complete his Master of Divinity from Drew Theological School. He has been pastor of the United Methodist Church of Freeport since 2013.
About the United Methodist Church of Peekskill
Francis Asbury traveled through the Peekskill area on his journeys across colonial America, preaching to and teaching the people of the "wilderness." The numerous Methodist churches along this part of the Hudson River are testimony to the fruits of his efforts in the area. The Methodist Church has a long presence in the city of Peekskill and today, the church is located on Main Street. The church was rebuilt in the 1960's during a time of urban renewal and has a modern and inviting building. After a time of neglect in the downtown area, today Peekskill is going through a renaissance. A new kind of urban renewal is renovating the downtown area with new restaurants, shops, an arts theater and artists’ lofts, which were completed in 2002 to house artists and offer them a space in which to work and live. Today, the church has people of various cultural, racial and ethnic backgrounds who worship and work together to engage with the community in which they live, especially the Hispanic and Latino community and millennials. Peekskill is excited to welcome their new pastor, Pastor Carlos Figueroa!
About Lee Gangaware
Lee began pastoral work at Old Springfield, Kentucky Presbyterian Church in 1972. At the time he was attending Asbury Theological Seminary and graduated with a Master of Divinity degree in 1973. He has served churches in Windsor, Liberty, Bellvale, Sugar Loaf, Newburgh, Lindenhurst, Hillsdale & North Hillsdale, New York and Bakerville, CT. He has trained in Alpha Bible Study, Disciple, Marriage Encounter Clergy Team, Tres Dias, & Emmaus Walk. Ministry in Contemporary Praise Bands, United Methodist Men's Groups, Youth Groups and program and service innovations are vital parts of his ministry. He entered the retired relationship in 2013. Lee has been married to Polly for 47 years and has two daughters and 4 grandchildren.
About Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church
Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church is a small, rural but very active community of faith. The church building was built in 1847 and, while it has undergone many changes through the years, it has been used continuously as a place of worship and congregation for residents of Pleasant Valley, Barkhamsted, and surrounding towns. The church family consists of a mix of the very young, young adults, people of middle age, and older adults. Activities and events often are filled with folks who, while not members of the church, will come from nearby towns to enjoy our hospitality and fellowship. Its sanctuary and worship services are open to anyone and visitors and guests are always welcome to join in giving thanks and praise to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
About Juhye Hahn
Presently, Juhye serves as the pastor at Kensington (CT) UMC. Previous pastoral appointments include East Berlin, Lucien Memorial and East Hampton. Juhye is a graduate of Union Theological Seminary, New York, NY, with a Master of Arts degree and a Master of Divinity degree. Additionally, Juhye has a Master of Social Work degree from Adelphi University, Garden City, NY. She has been married to the Reverend Zintack Albert Hahn since 1996, and is the mother of Peter and Harim. Two of Juhye’s passions are spiritual development and social justice.
About First & Summerfield United Methodist Church
This congregation is the result of a 1981 merger between the former First United Methodist, (founded 1789), and Summerfield United Methodist (founded 1871).Through prayer, Bible study, open dialogue, and fellowship opportunities, working together as a community of faith, this congregation seeks to encourage and challenge one another to deeper spiritual growth and stronger faith in the power of Jesus Christ to transform the world. One expression of this is their weekly Peace Vigil, during which they gather on the front steps to pray for peace for a half hour every Monday. Newcomers are welcome.
About Marion Hubbard
Marion is affectionately known as Pastor Marion. She was born and raised in Queens, moved to Connecticut and then back to New York State living in Duchess County until her transfer to First UMC in Oceanside, Long Island in 2016. Six United Methodist Churches have called her Pastor since 2002. She received her MDiv. from Drew Theological School in Madison, New Jersey. She has traveled extensively around the world including: Ghana, Africa, Ireland, Germany, Prague, China and Korea. Marion is considered to be the “Pastor of many hats.” Every Sunday she wears a different hat while explaining the gospel to a Sunday School class. Her favorite pass time is spending time at the Jersey shore with her family. Marion and her husband, Bob, have 10 children and 20 grandchildren.
About Trinity-Boscobel United Methodist Church
Trinity-Boscobel UMC was formed when several United Methodist churches in the community joined together to form one congregation. Like other places along this Hudson, this area was also visited by Francis Asbury, who traveled extensively on his circuits in the region. Located in Buchanan, NY, the community was incorporated in the early 1900's when there was a movement in Peekskill to merge the area into the developing city. Residents of Buchanan wanted to retain their identity and literally overnight, the village was created. The area has many historic sites and is also the location of Bethel Home, a retirement community founded by United Methodists. This stable community, only 30 minutes by car from Manhattan, was hard hit by the events of 9/11 as many firefighters, emergency personnel and financial executive live there. Today the community is adjusting to change again as the long-time Indian Point Nuclear Reactor is preparing to close in a few years that will impact the tax base and employment. Long-time residents are retiring to other places and newcomers are bringing a new "vibe" to the town, including a growing Latino Community.
About Cedric Johnson
Rev. Johnson is known for his weekly children's messages. During the Lenten season he and his members began a weekly prayer walk around the church building. This type of prayer ministry is preparing the members to deepen their faith and remind them of their calling. It has challenged the community to seek God's direction for this present day. These experiences will be an asset to St. Matthews and Ossining UMC. Rev Johnson is a child of the New York Annual Conference having grown up at John Wesley in Brooklyn. He is enthusiastic about strengthening the laity and encourages them to go into the community and be a living witness.
About St. Matthews and Ossining United Methodist Churches
St. Matthews is a well-kept church in Ossining, NY that is nestled in a block of private homes. This small member congregation has a big heard and hopeful about their future. On Sundays they have between 8 and 15 children in Sunday school, which is a positive sign of hope. Their music ministry is very important to this congregation.
Ossining UMC is a large structure with beautiful Tiffany stained glass windows and a well-tuned pipe organ. The congregation is striving to find a way to connect to the high school next door and to be a place of refuge for the people of Ossining. Under Rev. Johnson's leadership the congregations (St. Matthew’s and Ossining) will work together collaboratively in preparation for a wider ministry to the community.
About David Jolly
David came to serve the St. James Church in Kingston in 2007. His predecessor, Rev. Jeff Glassey, was terminally ill and died shortly after the transition. David’s gifts of listening and caring were truly needed. David worked for twenty-two years in furniture stores in Ohio before entering Drew Seminary in 1996. As a student local pastor he served Malden, Palenville, and Quarryville. He also served Rock Hill, Red Hook and Milan. David believes in equipping “the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ” (Eph. 4:12 NRSV), and this has always been reflected in his work. At the Annual Conference, he has been especially appreciated for his leadership on the Camps Governing Board, the Bishop’s Convocation Committee, and Parish Development. He has been married to Donna Jolly for thirty-three years. They have two grown children, Matthew and Sarah.
About Trinity City Island United Methodist Church
Trinity has been a beacon of hope on City Island for 170 years. This congregation shares a strong ecumenical relationship to the local churches on the Island. This small membership church is able to provide a wonderful Thanksgiving feast for the neighborhood. They open their church doors to other community groups; they participated in the Imagine No Malaria and Supper Bowl campaigns. The people of Trinity City Island have heart. They enjoy being part of the Bronx cluster and look forward to renewing their fellowship suppers.
About Ken Kieffer
Since 2009, Ken has served as Superintendent of the Connecticut District. For the past year, he has served as Dean of the Cabinet. Prior to that, he served congregations in Stratford, Glendale, Norwalk and Greenwich. He is received his Master of Divinity degree from Candler School of Theology in 1986 and ordained Elder in 1988. Ken is known for his creative preaching and writing and has a blog titled, “Keeping the Rumor of God Alive.” He is married to Karen, his junior high school sweetheart, and is father to Olivea, a student at Bucknell University. Ken has grown congregations wherever he has served and is looking forward to doing the same in Cheshire.
About Cheshire United Methodist Church
This congregation began in 1800, when a parcel of land was bought by Eli Persons and others "to erect and build a place of worship for the use of the members of the Methodist Episcopal Church." The Methodists in Cheshire eventually outgrew that building and sold it to their Jewish friends and neighbors in 1968 At present-day Cheshire UMC, you can expect to find a warm, loving atmosphere where all are welcomed to share and participate in the life and joy of the church family. They have a strong music program with a number of different choirs, and are quite active in UMARMY. Each Advent season, the town of Cheshire is treated to a drive-thru nativity scene in the church property called “Road to Bethlehem,” with proceeds being given to the Cheshire Food Pantry.
About Kwang-Il Kim
Kwang Il Kim brings many gifts and graces to his new appointment, including nearly 20 years of experience in cross-cultural/cross-racial settings. His most recent appointment has been with the congregation of the High Ridge: Stamford Korean UMC. As a pastor, Kwang Il has developed his preaching and worship leadership skills to be effective in a variety of parish settings. He is a caring pastor and provides visitation to members of the church and community. Bible study, small group fellowship in the Wesleyan model, and prayer services are essential components of his pastoral leadership style. In this appointment Kwang-Il is returning to the Catskills, where he has previously served at Kenoza Lake, Jeffersonville, Fosterdale and in the Woodland Circuit of Phoenicia, Lanesville and Shandaken.
About Thomas Gye Ho Kim
Tom has served First and Summerfield in New Haven, CT since 2012. Previously he served Vail’s Gate, Rye, and Overlook UMC in Woodstock, NY. He graduated from Drew University with a Master of Philosophy and a PhD. Prior to this, he earned a Master of Theology from the United Methodist Theological University in Seoul, Korea. He is an author of The Korean Immigrant Church: A Case of Religion and Ethnicity, and several articles on religion and social change. He was a member of a Bible Translation Team in Abingdon Press and his team translated the Study Bible into Korean. Tom has children: Jonathan and Elizabeth. A music lover, Tom plays the guitar, bass and cello.
About Darien UMC
This congregation, located in Darien CT, grew out of Methodist Class Meetings in the 1860's. It strives to express faith through worship and action, with a strong emphasis on Christian mission. Darien UMC gathers for worship and Sunday school at 10 am with additional studies, confirmation classes, and programs offered at scheduled times throughout the week. Recently studies have focused on mixed generational challenges, such as the increasing likelihood of having twenty-something children who are "back home" and supporting elderly parents in your own middle age. Darien UMC seeks opportunities for church revitalization, renewal and growth in the 21st century by building stronger connections with its community.
About Sandy Koppmann
Cecile (Sandy) Koppmann is an ordained elder and member of the New York Annual Conference. She has served churches on Long Island, Connecticut, and for the past five years at Trinity-Boscobel, Buchanan which is located on the Hudson River near Peekskill in Westchester County, NY. Sandy is a gifted Bible study leader, preacher and worship planner. She excels at altar design. As a Spiritual Director, Sandy provides congregational training that focuses on spiritual practices to deepen prayer life, devotion to and connection with God. Sandy also has a creative approach to engaging children and parents with the church in ways that invite them to enter into the congregation through non-traditional programs and events. Sandy will bring these gifts and graces to the First UMC, Amityville on Long Island effective July 1st.
About First United Methodist Church of Amityville
2017 marks 225 years of Methodist presence in Amityville, New York. It is a stable and strong congregation with promising potential. The church mission statement reads: “Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the people of FUMC of Amityville, New York will witness to Jesus Christ in the world and follow Jesus' teaching through acts of compassion, justice, worship, and devotion.” In the last two years the congregation has started to expand its mission outreach by hosting the U.M. ARMY college camp and attending U.M. ARMY in Scranton, PA with the youth. The church has a Sunday chapel service at 8 am and the main service at 10 am. There is a small choir and a larger hand bell choir that plays every Sunday. There is an active Welcoming committee that works to make the church more inviting. In addition to working through the process to be a Reconciling Congregation the congregation has heard from a speaker about the challenges parents of disabled children might face or worry about when coming to a church. They are currently considering the possibility of becoming a Sanctuary Congregation.
About Chermain Lashley
Chermain is presently serving King’s Highway UMC, one the youngest congregations in the Long Island West District. Prior to her full-time ministry she was a school teacher and senior sales director for a major Fortune 500 company. She received a M.Div. from Drew in 2004. Currently she is on the Doctor of Ministry course at New York Theological Seminary. She is mother to: Yshanda, Kirton, Cherkira, Kahlil, Kara. According to her District Superintendent, Rev. Sungchan Kim, “Chermain is a dynamic preacher and teacher, and a woman of faith who fears the Lord and walks with Holy Spirit. She has the special heart and concern for women, youth and children.”
About Grace United Methodist Church of St. Albans
Grace United Methodist Church of St. Albans is celebrating its 86th anniversary this year. Grace is one of the vital congregations in Long Island West District. Its mission is to be a faithful body of Christ, committed to building relationships in Christ for the transformation of their community and beyond. For this purpose they are practicing intentionally and eagerly the following key principles: 1) Radical Hospitality, 2) Passionate Worship, 3) Intentional Faith Development, 4) Risk-Taking Mission and Services, 5) Extravagant Generosity, 6) Pray for Each Other. Grace is celebrating a renewal, revitalization and growth in most areas of mission and ministries. Recently the congregation created a multi-generational service on Sunday, focusing on the active participation of millennials.
About Roslyn Lee
Roslyn has been pastor of the Cheshire (CT) UMC since 2015. She is a graduate of Drew Theological Seminary. Previously, she served congregations in Dix Hills and Lindenhurst. She and her spouse, Rev. Won Tack Lee, were married in 2006 and have 2 children: Joel and Sophiel. As a Board Member of the NEJ Multi Ethnic Center, she hopes to bring light to the injustices that still lurk in our church. In the NYAC, Roslyn is the Conference Relations Leave Coordinator. She is also a member of the Conference Committee on Religion and Race as well as the Bishop’s Convocation Planning Team. Roslyn brings passion and energy to her pastoral work.
About Commack United Methodist Church
Methodism began in Winne-Comac in 1783. The “new” sanctuary was dedicated in 1968, and the older building became known as the "1789 Chapel" (the oldest Methodist Church in continuous use in NY). It is still used for worship on special Sundays and by the Long Island Korean UMC which has been sharing facilities since 1979. This congregation’s vision is to share God’s love as disciples of Jesus Christ, encouraging all persons to come to a full life of Christian joy by constantly reaching out to others, strengthening each other’s faith and learning God’s ways. An active Church School program and youth group meets on Sundays and seeks to nurture children and youth in the faith journey. There are also active groups for men and women through UMW and Men’s Tuesday Discussion Group. A thrift shop provides an additional service to the community.
About Won Tack Lee
Presently, he is the pastor at Trinity UMC, South Meriden, CT. His previous appointment was to Dix Hills UMC in 2013. Won Tack graduated from the Drew Theological Seminary in 2009, with a Master of Divinity degree. In 2016, he was ordained as an elder, alongside his spouse, Roslyn. They have two children, Joel (Joy of El) and Sophiel (Wisdom of El). Won Tack serves on the Korean Church Council of the Northeastern Jurisdiction as Executive Director representing clergy in Cross-Cultural Ministries. He is also on the NYAC nomination committee and the Bishop’s convocation planning team. Won Tack has technology skills and has been the audiovisual person behind the many of the recent retirees’ video presentations presented at Annual Conference.
About Long Island Korean United Methodist Church (Commack)
This is the oldest Korean UMC congregation on Long Island, established in 1978. The Korean congregation began sharing the facilities of Commack UMC in 1979 and has been cultivating a faith community and proclaiming the good news of Christ to the Korean immigrant community. It seeks to fulfill the Great Commandment and the Great Commission. Its motto is to be “a church that dreams, realizes and shares God’s dream,” and its purpose is “to uplift hearts to God, transform lives and share God’s love with others.” There are active Christian education programs for children and youth led by dedicated ministry leaders, who engage in leadership & gifts development, especially through music, Sunday school, revivals, and retreats. Each member of the church participates in the Wesley Class meetings (five groups in all) which meet monthly for spiritual nurture and fellowship. The church’s Korean Culture School provides opportunity for the 2nd generation youth to learn the language and culture of Korea, helping bridge the gap between the generations.
About Kirk Lyons
Kirk Lyons has been the pastor of St. James United Methodist Church since 2013. He is also the founder of BROTHERS KEEPERS, an all-male ministry, which emphasizes a candid, confrontational and constructive approach to ministering to men. Kirk is a native New Yorker and his early passion for music led him to State University of New York at Old Westbury where he obtained his B.A. in African American Classical Music. After a career as a professional musician, which spanned two decades, he answered the call to the preaching ministry and scholarship. Mr. Lyons attended New York Theological Seminary, earning a Master of Divinity Degree. He also attended Princeton Theological Seminary and Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Kirk has been an adjunct professor in Biblical Studies of New York Theological and served as the professor of Biblical Studies at Sing Sing Correctional Facility, teaching inmates pursuing their Masters in Professional Studies. He earned the Faculty of the Year teaching award in both the 2009 and 2010 academic years. He is the proud father of three children, Nicole, Kirk Jr. and Marc.
About Vanderveer Park United Methodist Church
Vanderveer Park is well known as one of the vital congregations in the Conference. This year the church is celebrating its 117th anniversary. Vanderveer Park is open seven days a week, busy and active in missional works and various ministries carried out bby productive committees and deeply dedicated servant leaders. Sunday services are full of joy and power with inspirational music and educational programs for youth and young adults. New members are a top priority. Also they have been serving the community through a program focusing on homelessness (three nights per week), the Welcome Table Ministry and Far Rockaway Mission. The most valuable asset of Vanderveer Park is their yearning to grow and make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
About Bob Milson
Bob presently serves Greenville and Norton Hill. Bob graduated Drew in 1999 (he also has a DMin from Gordon-Conwell). He first worked at Grace UMC in Wyckoff, NJ, and was later appointed to First UMC in Arlington, Grace UMC in Kearny, and Alpine Community UMC, all in New Jersey. He was ordained elder in the new Greater New Jersey Annual Conference in 2001. Two years later he came to New York as pastor of Cornwall UMC, and his membership was transferred in 2004. He married Lesa in 1995, and together they have three children: Erin and Matthew who are in college, and Rebecca who is in high school. Bob’s positive energy, sense of humor, confidence, and humility have enabled him to meet every challenge of pastoral ministry.
About Saint James United Methodist Church, Kingston, NY
The Saint James United Methodist Church was originally First Methodist Episcopal Church in Kingston. The earliest preaching there was in 1791, but the first building was raised about 45 years later. One of the most active churches in the Hudson River Valley, St. James is engaged in local and world-wide missions, with a food pantry that occupies most of the basement, a Shalom Zone housing program called “Midtown Rising,” a strong voluntary tutoring program at a local elementary school, a partnership with a medical clinic in Zimbabwe, and a history of VIM projects. Many community groups meet in the church, especially twelve-step recovery groups. The church worships at least twice a week, with an informal contemporary service early Sunday morning and a formal traditional service late Sunday morning. When IBM closed its Kingston offices, thousands of jobs were lost, and dozens of strong United Methodist leaders moved away from Kingston. As the economy rebounds, with so many opportunities for service and spiritual growth, Saint James looks forward to another period of growth and community leadership.
About Jung Ung Moon
He was raised in a Methodist family in Korea. After studying music, he served as choir director and musician at UMC churches in Korea. In 2010 he was invited from Korea as pastor of Junamok (“The Lord Is My Shepherd”) Church of New York, a Presbyterian Church in America. In 2015, with his congregation he joined Broken Builders UMC and transferred into New York Annual Conference as a Provisional Elder. In 2016 he was appointed to The Shepherd United Methodist Church for planting a new church in Bayside. Jung Ung and William Wendler, pastor of Bayside, planned, designed and developed the joint ministries in Sunday school, Youth ministry, special joint. Through these collaborative and multi-cultural partnership ministries both churches grow closer together. While Jung Ung continues to serve The Shepherd congregation half-time, he will serve as senior pastor of Bayside with William Wendler after his retirement this July. Jung Ung is married to Soo Hyun and they are the parents of two daughters.
About Bayside United Methodist Church
The congregation of Bayside UMC is celebrating its 126th. Bayside is a growing, multi-ethnic church united in faith and love of Christ. In 2016, Bayside began to share the building with The Shepherd United Methodist Church, a Korean mission congregation supported by the Conference. With collaborative leadership from Rev. William Wendler and Rev. Jung Ung Moon and the spirit of “Open Hearts, Open minds, Open Doors” from church members, Bayside and The Shepherd are growing together and celebrating their fruitful mission and ministries. But this is not the end but just a beginning. Their stories will continue to be shared with everybody.
About Luke Park
Luke has served as an associate pastor at First United Methodist Church, Flushing, NY for the past several years. He understands himself as one who would be in mission beyond the local church. After much prayer and discernment, he realized that the local church is his mission field. He has a wealth of experience working with youth ministry, campus ministry and leading early Morning Prayer.
About Morningside UMC
Morningside UMC has its roots in the Korean Methodist Church and Institute, established in 1921. In 1985 an English-speaking congregation was established and, in 2004, this congregation was renamed “Morningside United Methodist Church,” after its surrounding neighborhood. This congregation is now booming with babies. They are actively engaged in several small group meetings during the week. This connection helps them strengthen their Christian walk and serves as support as well as accountability for their Christian journey. Morningside also enjoys a contemporary worship experience.
About Jason Radmacher
Jason is presently pastor of John Street United Methodist Church. Jason comes from a long line of Methodists. He is a graduate of Duke Divinity, North Carolina. He has twenty-years of experience in local church. In 2000 he became pastor at Putnam Valley (NY) UMC. He was ordained Elder in the New York Annual Conference in 2004. Before Jason's fourteen year tenure at John Street they had few people worshiping on Sunday and they had not had a confirmation class in years. The congregation has grown under his strong leadership. He is married to Laura and they have a five year old son, Oliver. He and Laura lent their voices to create an inspiring choir. He assisted with the Wednesday mid-day Wall Street services and has led lay servant school on the district. Jason is looking forward to bring his many gifts to Asbury-Crestwood.
About Asbury-Crestwood United Methodist Church
Asbury Crestwood is one of the first reconciling congregations in the New York Annual Conference. They are experiencing an influx of new young families with children. This multi-ethnic congregation is ready to move outside of their doors to engage the community in new innovative ways. Asbury recently began offering an enrichment program to extend their nursery school, which has been in existence since 1970. Music has been an important element of this worshiping community. They have three different choirs and many guest musicians that add to their worship experience. They are also known throughout the community for their concerts at Asbury. This creates a free entry into the life of the congregation. The congregation is eager to welcome a socially-minded preacher who is connected to God and community.
About Darlene Resling
Darlene Resling is a full elder in the New York Annual Conference who has served the churches of Mountainville and Highland Mills for her entire ministry. A public school teacher before answering the call to ministry, Darlene brings many gifts and graces to her congregations and their communities. An inspired preacher, Darlene brings great creativity to her worship leadership. She also empowers and trains laity for participation in the congregation at every level. Darlene is passionate about evangelism and getting outside the doors of the church — leading her to take her congregation to the parks and trails along the Hudson River for worship, Good Friday congregational walks to the cross, and a prayer box ministry that has built connections between the church and community in several ways. Darlene will continue to serve in Mountainville and Highland Mills while taking on less-than-full-time (LFT) work with the Hudson Highland Cooperative Parish as elder in charge. Darlene’s administrative and pastoral gifts will be a true blessing to all the congregations who receive her ministry.
About Hudson Highland Cooperative Parish
The Hudson Highlands Cooperative Parish is composed of the congregations of: Central Valley, Fort Montgomery, Harriman, Highland Falls, Monroe, and Sloatsburg. The pastors are: Pastor Karina Feliz, Rev. Wendy Paige, Pastor Ross Topliff and now, Rev. Dr. Darlene Resling. These churches strive to address the needs of a rapidly changing demographic in the West Point area where military families come and go quickly. This dynamic is also found in the other communities where people are retiring and leaving the area or moving for greater opportunity elsewhere. Newcomers bring new challenges that these churches are seeking to discern and to meet with ministries of relevance, especially among the growing Hispanic and Latino population. The congregations of this parish are well positioned with a strong historic presence in the community to bring the good news of the gospel and United Methodist theology to a new generation.
About Alpher Sylvester
Alpher is currently the pastor at Grace United Methodist Church in St. Albans, New York, where he has served since 2014. He was ordained Elder in the New York Annual Conference in 2010. Previously Alpher served congregations in Brooklyn (Bethel and Bethany), and Ridgewood (St. John’s). He holds a Masters of Public Administration (Magna Cum Laude) from CUNY and a Masters of Divinity (Cum Laude) from Drew University. Currently, he is in the writing phase of his doctoral degree at Drew University. He and his spouse, Carlene, have two sons, Nicholas and Simon, and a daughter Vanessa. Two areas of strengths he brings to ministry are administrative skills and a disciplined effort to fervent spirituality.
About Martha Vink
Martha has served as Associate Pastor for the Vestal UMC in Upper New York Annual Conference for three years. Martha’s journey in ministry began in infancy (she is the daughter of Rev. Hal and Jane Vink, who have been leaders in NYAC for many years), but after attending Yale Divinity School, her set-apart ministry has taken her to Westhampton Beach; the three-point charge of Grand Gorge, Gilboa, and Conesville; Andes in the Upper Catskills Larger Parish; Campus Ministry and Community Service Coordinator at SUNY Delhi; United Ministry of Delhi; and Vestal. Martha is a gifted preacher and teacher, loves working with people of all ages but with a passion for children and youth ministry, and is strongly committed to justice for people that church and society often push off into their margins. As part of that commitment, she led the United Ministry of Delhi to become a Reconciling Congregation, welcoming all people including LGBTQ folks. She has also been on many VIM trips and has a yearning to put God's love into action everywhere.
About the NOW Larger Cooperative Parish
The NOW Cooperative Parish is formed of five churches: Brewster, Drew (Carmel), Holmes, Lake Mahopac and Purdys. The parish was formed several years ago, building on the shared ministry opportunities of these communities that have many similarities. This lovely area, where many of the lakes and much of the NYC reservoir system can be found, was once a farming region. In recent years it has become an active commuter community. It is also an area where many weekenders own homes vacated by retirees who have moved south. These communities have a strong and proud history, predating the Revolutionary War (Holmes UMC's class meetings began in 1766). It is likely that Francis Asbury traveled through these communities on his circuit and it is believed that Freeborn Garrettson was also in this area since he lived to the north in Rhinebeck. That early Methodist presence developed into numerous churches within easy walking and traveling distance from the members’ homes. Today these churches are a few minutes apart by car, many of the students attend the same schools, and people travel to work and to shop from community to community. The churches each have a strong passion for mission to the community and to the world. They are seeking ways to adapt to the changing population as Hispanic and Latinos and others come to the area to live, and work.
About Joseph Yang
Joseph was born and raised in a Methodist home. He received his Bachelor’s degree at Wesleyan University and recently completed his Master of Divinity at Duke Divinity School. Along the way, Joseph has served in children’s, youth, urban and other ministries at various churches. Joseph is excited to serve God and God's people, and is passionate about bringing revival of people’s love for God and love for neighbor.
About the Newington United Methodist Church
The United Methodist Church of Newington is a warm, friendly, and inclusive Christian family, always ready to reach out and serve one another in Christ’s name. It is a diverse group that strives to increase the love of God and neighbor through: Christ-centered worship; Bible study; prayer and sharing groups; mission projects and community service; fun-filled fellowship; and an openness to the Spirit of the Lord. This congregation strives to share the blessings of Christ with all who are in need and welcome everyone who comes seeking a home in which to grow and to serve in Christian love.
About the Kensington United Methodist Church
The Kensington United Methodist Church is a family-oriented community of faith that strives to reach out and welcome persons into the family of Christ through worship, learning, outreach, witness and fellowship. This congregation seeks to discover ways to be in ministry to its community and beyond. Sunday worship is a blend of traditional and contemporary music styles. A time of fellowship follows the service. This congregation believes, “Church can happen anywhere. It happens when we create learning opportunities that transform lives. It happens when we create safe environments where children can play and learn. It happens when education makes the path to citizenship a little easier. That’s putting beliefs into action.”