New Director of Congregational Development and Revitalization Announced

New Director of Congregational Development and Revitalization Announced

1/25/2016

Dear Sisters and Brothers of the New York Conference,
 
Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ!
 
I am pleased to announce that I will appoint Rev. David A. Gilmore as the New York Conference’s director of congregational development and revitalization on July 1, 2016. Rev. Gilmore currently serves the Centennial United Methodist Church in Kansas City, Mo. – a congregation that has added more than 300 new members under his pastoral leadership.  He is a graduate of Ottawa University and St. Paul’s School of Theology, both in Kansas City, and a doctor of ministry candidate at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in Rochester, N.Y.
 
I am confident that Rev. Gilmore will bring many gifts to the New York Conference as we continue to form new congregations and revitalize existing congregations. He has demonstrated the ability to dramatically grow congregations and has served as a consultant for other churches.
 
David brings a variety of experience to this position that was created in our conference in 2014. After a successful career in the U.S. Navy, he was called to the ministry in 1997. He has expanded two congregations in the Missouri Conference and serves as a consultant for the Healthy Church Initiative (HCI) in that conference. David has also served as a consultant in the Missional Church Consultation Initiative (MCCI) for the West Ohio Conference. In 2009, he received the Harry Denman Evangelism Award for the Missouri Conference.
 
He comes to us highly recommended by Missouri Bishop Robert Schnase, as well as others throughout the denomination who are engaged in church growth and development.
 
Moving back to New York will be a homecoming for David and his spouse, Kimiko Capri Gilmore. David is a child of the New York Conference having grown up in White Plains, N.Y., where his father Rev. Don Gilmore served Trinity United Methodist Church. The senior Gilmore also pastored the Pine Bush (N.Y.) United Methodist Church.
 
The director of congregational development and revitalization provides visionary and passionate leadership for developing new congregations and church revitalization across the conference. The Rev. Dr. Derrick-Lewis Noble, the first person to hold this position in the conference, has regrettably had to leave the position due to health reasons.
 
We are very fortunate to have Rev. Gilmore as part of our team as together we seek to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
 
In Christ's love,

Bishop Jane Allen Middleton