New Director of Connectional Ministries Announced

New Director of Connectional Ministries Announced

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Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Greetings in the name of the Risen and Ascended Christ!

With great joy I announce to you that the Rev. Matthew T. Curry will assume the position of Director of Connectional Ministries on July 1, 2015! Matt emerged as the top candidate in a two-month search process that featured several excellent candidates for this important position.

I look forward to working with Matt as a member of the Extended Cabinet. He is a capable administrator, an enthusiastic team player and an engaged worship leader. He brings many different gifts to the multi-faceted responsibilities of the DCM office.

The Director of Connectional Ministries (DCM) is the steward of the vision of the annual conference; a leader of the process of transformation and renewal; responsible for alignment of resources, and overseer of the connectional ministries of New York Annual Conference, connecting local, district, annual conference, and general church ministries. The DCM is also instrumental in planning the annual conference sessions. 

Matt is currently the lead pastor of Grace United Methodist Church of Valley Stream, NY. Previously, he served as pastor of the UMC of Mount Kisco and as associate pastor of Mamaroneck UMC. He earned a BA degree from Emory University and a Master of Divinity from Yale University Divinity School. In 2012 he was granted a Master of Arts in Organizational Psychology and Change Leadership from Columbia University. His research project for this degree was, “Improving Engagement in The United Methodist Church.”

Matt also serves as chair of the Long Island West Committee on District Superintendency and as a member of the District Committee on Ordained Ministry and the Council of Ministries. He is also a board member of Anchor House (substance abuse treatment center) and Monica Village Senior Housing.

Matt will succeed our Connectional Ministries Consultant Rev. Ann Pearson. Ann has been invaluable in running the DCM office these past five months. She has willingly interrupted her retirement plans to help the New York Annual Conference in our time of great need. Thanks Ann!
In Christ’s love,

Bishop Jane Allen Middleton