2019 New Appointments

Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton intends to make the following appointments at the 2019 session of the New York Annual Conference, to be effective July 1, 2019.

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.

February 18

Timothy J. Riss to New York-Connecticut District Superintendent
Karen A. Monk to Catskill Hudson District Superintendent
Melissa Hinnen to Park Slope UMC, Brooklyn, Long Island West
Jody Spiak to Poughkeepsie, New York-Connecticut

February 1

David T. Ball to St. John's UMC, Elmont/Valley Stream, Long Island West
Delores M. Barrett to Brooks Memorial UMC, Jamaica, Long Island West
Adrienne L.M. Brewington to Babylon UMC, Long Island East


Rev. Karen A. Monk Appointed as the District Superintendent of the Catskill Hudson District

About Rev. Monk

The Reverend Dr. Karen A. Monk will be appointed as the District Superintendent of the Catskill Hudson District on July 1, 2019, replacing The Reverend Timothy J. Riss. Rev. Monk has spent most of her pastoral career serving within the bounds of the Catskill Hudson District, most recently serving as the pastor of the Kaaterskill/East Jewitt Charge for the past sixteen (16) years. She has also served at Kingston: St. James, Olivebridge, and Samsonville. Karen understands the unique nature of life in rural Appalachia and brings expertise in representing mountain life and the people who make up the Catskill Hudson region. She has faithfully served the Annual Conference on the Commission on Native American Ministries and for the last several years as a member of the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry. Karen graduated from Southwestern University and then earned her Master of Divinity, Master of Sacred Theology, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Union Theological Seminary in New York City.

Rev. Timothy J. Riss Appointed as the District Superintendent of the New York-Connecticut District

About Rev. Riss

The Rev. Timothy J. Riss will be appointed as the District Superintendent of the New York-Connecticut District on July 1, 2019, replacing The Rev. Elizabeth J. “Betsy” Ott who is retiring. Rev. Riss has been the District Superintendent of the Catskill-Hudson District for the last four years. Given the complexities and significant transitions that are occurring within the New York-Connecticut District, the appointment of a seasoned superintendent will enable this district to quickly continue its track of creative and strategic work. Tim has a long record of faithful service to the church through his previous assignments in Fleischmans, & Halcott Center, Franklin, Catskill, Smithtown, Hicksville, and Poughkeepsie. He has faithfully served various Boards and Commissions of the Annual Conference and the General Church for over thirty-nine years. Tim earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Rochester, NY and his Master of Divinity degree from Colgate-Rochester Divinity School/Bexley Hall/Crozer Theological Seminary.


Rev. David T. Ball Appointed to St. John's UMC, Elmont/Valley Stream

About Rev. Ball

Rev. David T. Ball has served Union in Brooklyn since 2011. His strong commitment and desire to study God’s Word and prayer are the bottomless fountain of his dynamic preaching and teaching and energetic ministry. He has a consuming passion to reach people who don’t know Christ, especially youth and young adults in various ways such as Marching Band and After School programs. Through his administrative abilities and skills to equip and enable people as servant leaders he is doing his best to build up the healthy body of Christ to serve the community and transform the world.

About St. John’s UMC

St. John’s United Methodist Church is a diverse, healthy and vital congregation located in Valley Stream and Elmont in Nassau county. “Under the guidance and empowerment of the Holy Spirit they are committed to ‘Spiritual Development,’ through Bible Study, Prayer, Worship and Service.” St. John’s continues to devote themselves to “serving their community, nation and the world in a manner exemplified by Jesus Christ.” The church is very active and fruitful invarious ministries such as Disciple Bible Study, Music Ministry & Academy, After School Program, Pastoral Care. However, St. John’s is eager to invest more strength and resources on developing Youth & Young Adults ministries for the bright future of the church.


Rev. Delores M. Barrett Appointed to Brooks Memorial UMC, Jamaica

About Rev. Barrett

Rev. Delores M. Barrett has served Middle Village Community since 2013 and was ordained an Elder in 2014. She is a graduate of New Brunswick Theological School and has a tireless passion for the spiritual well-being of others. To bring out her passion she is relentless in prayers, fasting and studying the Word of God. Pastor Barrett has been building fruitful ministry holistically that meets the needs of the addict, mentally disable, psychologically/physically challenged and incarcerated. She is a humble servant of God who stoops down and washes the feet of the homeless, attends to their wounds. Her vision is to take the church to another level in the 21st century through live stream so that the gospel reaches the four hemispheres especially the unchurched.

About Brooks Memorial UMC

Brooks Memorial United Methodist Church is a healthy and vital congregation whose vision is to make plain the gospel of Jesus Christ: so that it manifests itself in the lives of the members and the people in the community through spiritual, political and economic empowerment. The church is very dynamic and effective in many areas such as highly spirited blended worship services, Eucharistic ministry, Jazz Communion Vespers, Bible storytelling which has added new members, Drama ministry, Recovery ministry which includes Recovery on the South Side. To adapt to the demographic changes, the church has been supporting Indo-Pakistan language ministry in their building.


Rev. Adrienne Brewington Appointed to Babylon UMC

About Rev. Brewington

The Rev. Adrienne L. Brewington is an Ordained Elder in full connection with the United Methodist Church since June 2003, and is presently the senior pastor of Poughkeepsie United Methodist Church. Prior to this appointment, Rev. Brewington served two congregations, First Church, Hollis and Westbury United Methodist Church. She led them to greater spiritual health, strength and growth before being appointed to be District Superintendent of the Long Island East District. Koinonia and commitment to the cause of Christ were the hallmarks of her superintendency. Rev. Brewington served as the Dean of the Cabinet four years.

Rev. Brewington held several positions in the public sector, as an Assistant District Attorney in the Bronx, and Suffolk County, and as an Assistant New York State Attorney.

One of her many gifts is her music ministry with the Shepherd Singers. Rev. Brewington shares her life and ministry with her husband, Frederick Brewington, a renowned civil rights attorney and a prominent lay leader in the New York Annual Conference and the General Church.

About Babylon UMC

The United Methodist Church of Babylon began in the home of a devoted Methodist family in 1831. Over the years it has grown into a home for many – the place where the joys of baptism and marriage are celebrated, the place where the sorrows of illness, death and loss are embraced.

Worship services are inspirational and transformational, outstanding music, dynamic sermons, and an atmosphere that is open. They express their spiritual longings with song and prayer.

The UMC of Babylon has a well-equipped nursery; the church reaches out to the community and around the world. As United Methodists, the UMC of Babylon is a connectional church that contributes to mission programs and relief efforts both locally and globally.

 "We are dedicated women, men and children all here to seek God, follow Jesus Christ, celebrate the gifts of the Holy Spirit and serve our neighbor.


Rev. Melissa Hinnen Appointed to Park Slope UMC, Brooklyn

About Rev. Hinnen

Rev. Melissa Hinnen is a life long United Methodist, prior to her ordination in 2017, she was the Director of Communications for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), Public Information officer and Director of Content for the General Board of Global Ministries. Pastor Melissa has faithfully served Asbury UMC, Croton-on-Hudson for the past four years. While there she re-launched the youth ministry. Not only has she increased worship attendance; she has incorporated the young people into the life of the church. New families have come, and the congregation has grown in “body and spirit”. Pastor Melissa is an effective communicator, preacher and pastor, who develops creative, intergenerational, intercultural liturgy and worship experiences that share the Good News in accessible, meaningful, and often provocative ways. She is a graduate of New York Theological School.

About Park Slope UMC

Park Slope United Methodist Church is a diverse, vibrant and growing congregation in Brooklyn, New York. As a reconciling church Park Slope has a clear vision of mission and ministry, well stated in their own creed: “Hand in Hand, we the people of Park Slope United Methodist Church - black and white, straight and gay, old and young, rich and poor - unite as a loving community in covenant with God and the Creation. Summoned by our faith in Jesus Christ, we commit ourselves to the humanization of urban life and to physical and spiritual growth.”

The church has a lively, well-attended worship service, with congregation members sharing leadership of the liturgy, an active social justice ministry, a well-established Stephen ministry, a Sunday dinner each week for anyone hungry or lonely, Sunday School, an arts group, a support group for caregivers of aging. Through diverse ministries Park Slope wants to serve the Lord and all kinds of people with the love of God through Jesus Christ.


Rev. Jody Spiak Appointed to Poughkeepsie UMC

About Rev. Spiak

Rev. Spiak has served as pastor to the Milton-Marlboro congregation for nine years and recently has also pastored the Modena UMC. In addition, Jody served at the assistant pastor for Greenville-Norton Hill and as a student pastor for the Angelica, Short Tract and Oramel UMC’s in western NY. Jody has a strong interest in chaplaincy and serves regularly in this capacity at the Vassar Brothers Hospital in Poughkeepsie. Rev. Spiak holds a B.A. in Ministerial Religion from Houghton College and the M.Div. for Luther Seminary. Jody is anticipating Full Elders ordination in the New York Conference, June 2019. He and his wife, Crystal, have four children and the family enjoys hiking, camping and outdoor activities.

About Poughkeepsie UMC

Poughkeepsie United Methodist Church, located on New Hackensack Road in Poughkeepsie, NY is a diverse congregation with a passion for ministry in the community and the world. PUMC maintains a commitment forged years ago with the Poughkeepsie AME Zion church to support a low-income housing project and Harriet Tubman after-school program for children in downtown Poughkeepsie. The church offers many ministries and programs for families and single individuals including: small group Bible studies, Soaking Prayer with the prayer team members, youth group activities and events, Sunday School for all ages, and both a contemporary and traditional worship service weekly on Sunday mornings. In addition, the church hosts special events during the year for members and the community such as a Valentine’s Day Dinner Dance and a Black History Month, African American History Read-In for all ages.