Rev. Elizabeth C. Abel currently serves as the District Superintendent of the Long Island West District of the New York Annual Conference.
She was formerly Pastor at Cornerstone Community Church, a United Methodist Church in Norwalk, CT. She is an advocate for youth and has a strong passion for community development. While at Norwalk she integrated her ministry throughout the community through serving as a co-convener for the Norwalk Immigration Coalition, working with the City of Norwalk in feeding those that are food insecure, working with Norwalk ACTS for Race Equity in the city and creating new ministries and programming to support youth and leadership development at Cornerstone. Through her leadership Cornerstone launched a new and separate 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization, At The Corner in 2021. It will focus on providing services to youth and immigrants in the greater Norwalk area.
Pastor Liz is the founder and developer of the the Timothy Project: a rites of passage for young men and Deborah’s Academy: a rites of passage for young women.
Pastor Liz has served in the US Air Force for 12 years, in Security and Law Enforcement and has worked as the Deputy Director of the City of Mount Vernon, NY Youth Bureau as well as the Director of the Comprehensive Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program.
Pastor Liz is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and has served on the executive board for the last 13 years. She has a BA in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University, an MS in Social Work from Columbia University, an M.Div. from Drew University, School of Theology, and is working on D.Min. at Emory University, Candler School of Theology. Pastor Liz is an ordained elder of the New York Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Pastor Liz lives with her daughter Eva and her niece Georgette, she continues to give God the glory in her work as a pastor and advocate for all people through her ministry in and around the New York Annual Conference.