Catskill Hudson District

Superintendent

Rev. Tim Riss

Rev. Tim Riss

Timothy J. Riss is a United Methodist by choice His father was a Lutheran, later a Presbyterian, pastor; his mother was a Julliard graduate who played the organ for Lutheran, Presbyterian, Reformed, and United Methodist churches. When he was fifteen, he chose to join the Ardsley, NY United Methodist Church. He earned his BA at the University of Rochester, NY, where he majored in psychology and minored in mathematics. His MDiv is from Colgate-Rochester Divinity School/Bexley Hall/Crozer Theological Seminary, an American Baptist and Episcopalian school.

Tim's work experience includes a year and a half with the United States Postal Service in Rochester, three years as Student Assistant at the First Presbyterian Church of East Rochester, and 34 years as the pastor of the following United Methodist Churches in New York: Fleischmanns and Halcott Center, Franklin, Catskill, Smithtown, Hicksville, and Poughkeepsie. Beginning in a cooperative parish in rural New York, and moving through suburban and urban pastorates, he began a ministry in 2015 as the Superintendent of the Catskill Hudson District, the rural and small-town district in the New York Annual Conference.

Within United Methodism, Tim has served in leadership in many capacities, including as a delegate to the international General Conference in 1996 (as first alternate), 2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012.; He chaired the delegation from New York in 2016. He currently serves on the executive committee of the Interjurisdictional Committee on Episcopacy and as secretary of the Northeastern Jurisdictional Committee on Episcopacy. He served as a director of the denominational missions agency 2008-2016. He has been vice-chair and secretary of the Northeastern Jurisdictional Committee on Annual Conference Boundaries and the chairperson of the Northeastern Jurisdictional Town and Country Association. In the New York Annual Conference, he has served as the chairperson or co-chairperson of six agencies, including the Board of Ordained Ministry (1996-2000) and the Council on Finance and Administration (2007-2012).

Tim married his best friend, Genie Abrams, in 2002. He is the father of Jon and Sam and the step-father of Rachel, for whom he thanks God every day.

District Administrative Assistant

 

Genie Abrams

Address:
71 Van Dale Road
Woodstock, NY 12498

Office Phone: (845) 679-6350
Fax: (845) 679-5692

Email: CHdistrict@nyac-umc.com

Web sitewww.chdistrictumc.org 


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Churches


Andes


Ashland: Community


Athens Federated


Blenheim Hill: Brimstone


Bloomville


Bullville


Cairo


Callicoon


Catskill


Centerville


Chatham


Coeymans Hollow: Trinity


Conesville Chapel


Copake


Coxsackie: First


Craryville


Delhi: United Ministry


Dormansville: First


Downsville: Colchester Community


Durham-Oak Hill


East Branch/Harvard


East Chatham


East Jewett


Ellenville


Fleischmanns


Fosterdale


Gilboa


Glenco Mills


Grahamsville


Grand Gorge


Greenville: Asbury


Halcott Center


Hankins


Harpersfield


High Hill


Highland: First


Hillsdale: First


Hobart


Hudson: Trinity


Hurleyville


Jefferson


Jeffersonville


Kaaterskill


Kauneonga Lake: Community


Kenoza Lake


Kerhonkson


Kingston: Clinton Ave


Kingston: St. James


Kripplebush


Lanesville


Lew Beach


Lexington-Westkill


Liberty


Livingston Manor


Lloyd


Margaretville


Maybrook


Middletown, NY: St. Paul's


Milton-Marlboro


Modena: Memorial


Mongaup Valley


Monticello


Mountain View


Napanoch: St. Mark's


Narrowsburg


New Paltz


North Blenheim


North Branch


North Hillsdale


Olivebridge


Palenville: Simpson Memorial


Parksville


Philmont


Phoenicia


Plutarch


Prattsville Community


Quarryville


Reservoir


Rock Hill


Roscoe: United Church


Roxbury


Samsonville


Saugerties


Shady


Shandaken: Memorial


South Cairo: Sandy Plains


Stamford, NY


Stone Ridge: Rondout Valley


Summit


Sundown


Town of Esopus


Township


Ulster Heights


Walden


Walton: First


West Fulton


West Taghkanic: Ebenezer


Westbrookville


White Sulphur Springs


Windham-Hensonville


Woodridge


Woodstock: Overlook