Conference News

WPAUMC enews - Nov. 16, 2022

November 16, 2022
Ackley-Killian to Service Pittsburgh, Butler Districts: On Monday, November 15, Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi announced through email that Rev. Deborah Ackley-Killian will serve both the Pittsburgh and Butler districts effective January 1, 2023. Read more.  "Meeting this Moment" Symposium: Three Western PA clergy will be deliver papers at  “Meeting This Moment: Exploring the State of Allegheny College’s Methodist Affiliation,” a symposium that will be held at Allegheny on March 17-18, 2023. The ... read more

Ackley-Killian to Serve Pittsburgh and Butler Districts

November 15, 2022
On Monday, November 15, Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi announced through email that Rev. Deborah Ackley-Killian will serve both the Pittsburgh and Butler districts effective January 1, 2023. Her new appointment to both districts will be effective until at least June 30, 2023. Read more about Rev. Ackley-Killian. "God is calling us to explore new possibilities in 2023," wrote Bishop Moore-Koikoi. "We are grateful for the gifts that Rev. Ackley-Killian brings to both the annual conference and the ... read more

WPAUMC enews - Nov. 9, 2022

November 10, 2022
NEJ Conference Summary: The Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference of the United Methodist Church met November 1-4 in College Park, Maryland to worship, elect and consecrate a new bishop, celebrate retirees, hear reports, and vote on various legislation. While there were many moments worth celebrating, such as the election of the jurisdiction’s first Hispanic bishop and the retirement of four bishops, the delegation grappled with dead-locked voting during the election of a second bishop and a ... read more

Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference Wrap-up

November 9, 2022
Key Points Bishops Cynthia Moore-Koikoi will continue to provide episcopal coverage for the Western Pennsylvania Conference. She will also continue to share coverage of the Susquehanna Conference with Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball The jurisdictional conference elected its first Hispanic bishop, Rev. Hector Burgos.  Rev. Alyce Weaver Dunn, along with other Directors of Connectional Ministries, delivered the NEJ Call to Action against racism. The next jurisdictional conference will be held in ... read more

Partnership Offers 2022 Advent Devotional

November 9, 2022
United Methodists in Eastern Germany and Western Pennsylvania have released their 2022 Advent Devotional in English and German, which can be downloaded and copied.  Advent begins on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022. The entries for each day contain scripture and devotional thoughts in both English and German. Bishops Harald Ruckert of Germany and Cynthia Moore-Koikoi of Western PA contributed to the devotional as well as retired Bishop George W. Bashore. Several Western PA clergy and laity from Western PA... read more

Schott Announced as New Social Media and Visual Communications Coordinator

November 9, 2022
Jeannie Schott has been selected to join the Conference program staff as the new Visual Communication and Social Media Coordinator. She will begin December 1, 2022.  In this role, Schott will help carry out the Conference mission of providing connection and resources to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Her primary role as the coordinator will be to manage WPAUMC social media messaging, handle layout and design of print communication, help to develop online and... read more

Wrona Named as new Coordinator of Ministerial Services and BOM registrar

November 9, 2022
The Rev. Sara Wrona has been named the new Coordinator of Ministerial Services and BOM registrar. In this role, she will assist candidates and BOM to ensure that all required paperwork and actions have been completed as persons move towards ordination Wrona is a native of Western North Carolina, but grew up in New Kensington, PA. Before entering ministry, Sara worked in the human resource field and in church administration for a Presbyterian Church.  After discerning her call to ministry, Sara ... read more

Church Spotlight: San Juan UMC

November 1, 2022
National Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrated in September and October, recognizes the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to the history, culture, and achievements for the United States.  In our conference, we celebrated the San Juan UMC in Erie, Pennsylvania. San Juan UMC is a Hispanic/Latino United Methodist church located on Buffalo Road, just south of the shores of Lake Erie.   San Juan UMC is led by Pastor Israel Jonatan Estrada, a native of Honduras. He is a classically ... read more

Pending: Judicial Council Ruling on Decision of Law submitted by Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi

October 26, 2022
The Judicial Council is the denomination’s highest judicial body or "court" and is made up of nine members, both laity and clergy. The members are elected by the General Conference and normally meet twice a year to consider whether actions of the various church bodies adhere to the constitution and follow the rules outlined in the Book of Discipline. Learn more about the Judicial Council.  Multiple briefs from around the denomination are on the Judicial Council's docket for Fall 2022, including... read more

Rev. Sang Choi Installed as Kane District Superintendent

October 26, 2022
The Rev. Dr. Sang K. Choi was installed as superintendent of the Kane District during a service on October 23, 2022 at Kane First United Methodist Church.   Rev. Dr. Choi shared his first experience coming to Kane. As pastor of a Korean congregation near Pittsburgh, he had agreed to share his Korean ministry with a church in the Kane District, not realizing the long distance from Pittsburgh. He reminisced about using a paper map to navigate and driving down a long and winding road with forest on... read more

Graham Graduates from Laity Leadership Academy

October 19, 2022
In 2019 the United Methodist Foundation of Pennsylvania launched a Laity Leadership Academy designed to empower laity to lead the churches of the conferences we serve in the ever-changing landscape of congregational life.  Participants read some of the greatest books currently available on the topic, experience seminars led by the finest leaders in our conference, engage with one another in dialogue, and build relationships that provide support for the journey. Each one of the Academies is ... read more

WPAUMC enews - October 13, 2022

October 13, 2022
Pryor Installed as Washington District Superintendent: The Rev. Ross Pryor was installed as superintendent of the Washington District during a service on October, 9, 2022 at Jefferson Ave. United Methodist Church. In his spirited and passionate message, Rev. Pryor recognized the need for courage and strong leadership during this time of deep division. “Let’s be leaders and require leaders of all those in our presence,” he urged. “We are called upon in spite of the mess that we’re going through, ... read more

Pryor Installed as Washington District Superintendent

October 10, 2022
The Rev. Ross Pryor was installed as superintendent of the Washington District during a service on October, 9, 2022 at Jefferson Ave. United Methodist Church. Rev. Pryor preached on Joshua 1:1-9 with a particular emphasis on the verse that reads, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go (Joshua 1:9). In his spirited and passionate message, Rev. Pryor recognized the need for courage and ... read more

WPAUMC enews - October 5, 2022

October 5, 2022
Bishop Issues Statement on Hurricane Ian: Bishop Moore-Koikoi urged Western PA United Methodists to pray for those affected by the devastating hurricane that hit Florida last week. Read statement.  NEJ Calls Special Session: The Northeastern Jurisdiction, of which WPA is a part, has called a special session for Oct. 15 to be held virtually from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Delegates will vote on the number of bishops to elect during the coming Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference to be held Nov. 2-4 in ... read more

Bishop's Statement on Hurricane Ian

October 2, 2022
Siblings in Christ, I greet you in the name and with the love of Jesus Christ. By now we have all seen the devastating photos and videos from southwest Florida in the wake of Hurricane Ian. My heart aches for those who have suffered catastrophic loss in the aftermath of this vicious storm. While much of the state was affected by strong winds and flooding, the communities of Sanibel, Cape Coral and Fort Myers were especially hit hard. I urge you to join me in praying for these communities. While... read more

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