|Northeastern United Methodists assign bishops|
By Linda Bloom*
July 18, 2008 | HARRISBURG, Pa. (UMNS)
The new United Methodist bishop in the Northeast has been assigned to
the denomination’s Philadelphia Area for the next four years.
Bishop Peggy Johnson
Bishop Peggy Johnson will oversee the Eastern Pennsylvania and Peninsula-Delaware annual (regional) conferences in that area.
The assignments for episcopal areas—announced July 18 during the
Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference—will take effect Sept. 1.
Because of an earlier vote to redraw conference boundaries, two
episcopal areas—New York West and Albany (N.Y.)—will be significantly
changed in 2010. Bishop Marcus Matthews has been assigned to the New
York West Area, covering the North Central New York and Western New York
conferences. Bishop Violet Fisher, who led New York West for the past
eight years, is retiring.
The Northeastern Jurisdiction’s College of Bishops is requesting the
United Methodist Council of Bishops appoint retired Bishop Susan
Hassinger to the Albany Area, according to Bishop John Schol. She has
served there for about two years since the early retirement of Bishop
Hassinger will work with the New York West Area on the realignment of
four conferences in New York state into what will become the Upper New
York Area, he said. She also will work with the Boston Area to
transition Vermont churches in the Troy Conference to the New England
Conference and with the Harrisburg Area to transition northeast
Pennsylvania churches in the Wyoming Conference to the Central
Bishop Marcus Matthews
“Her assignment will be completed when the Albany Area completes its work in 2010,” Schol added.
The seven other active Northeast bishops have served in their current
locations for the past four years and have been assigned to a second
term there. They are:
Bishop Peter Weaver—Boston Area, covering the New England Conference
and the states of Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island and New Hampshire.
Bishop Jane Allen Middleton—Harrisburg Area, covering the Central Pennsylvania Conference.
Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar—New Jersey Area, covering the Greater New Jersey Conference.
Bishop Susan Hassinger
Bishop Jeremiah J. Park—New York Area, covering the New York Conference, which includes southern New York state and Connecticut.
Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton—Pittsburgh area, covering the Western Pennsylvania Conference.
Bishop John Schol—Washington Area, covering the Baltimore-Washington Conference.
Bishop Ernest Lyght—West Virginia Area, covering the West Virginia Conference.
The Northeastern Jurisdiction is home to United Methodists in
Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire,
New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and West
Virginia. It also includes the District of Columbia. The Northeastern is
one of five U.S. jurisdictions along with seven central conferences
that serve United Methodists around the globe.
*Bloom is a United Methodist News Service news writer based in New York.
News media contact: Linda Bloom, New York, (6... or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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