The Vision
The Newspaper of The New York Conference of The United Methodist Church June 2019

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2019 New York Annual Conference Wrap-Up
Pentecost: A Wave of Spirit, Sea of Red

Rev. Karina Feliz breaks bread for communion during the June 9 ordination service.


It was the day of Pentecost, and the presence of the Holy Spirit was expressed at every turn—from the energetic first steps of young dancers to a sea of red and orange streamers waving to the music as the benediction was offered. The closing worship service of the 220th session of the New York Annual Conference was a time to celebrate how God’s claim on all lives is experienced through baptism, confirmation, ordination and Holy Communion.

Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton called upon the Spirit in the opening prayer:

“Come upon us gathered here to set apart those who will lead among us by calling and equipping us to fulfill your desire that we do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with you.”

During the service three were ordained as deacons and six as elders. One was commissioned as a provisional deacon, and 10 as provisional elders. Three associate clergy members were also received.

One of the many special moments during the Sunday morning service at Hofstra Arena came in the baptism of two children. The bishop baptized Grayson Allen Goodman Chupungco, son of Angelo and Susan Goodman Chupungco; and Holden James Carrubba, son of Chris and Elizabeth Carrubba. Holden is the grandson of Bishop Bickerton, the son of his daughter, Elizabeth. Rev. Susan Chupungco would be ordained as a full elder later in the service.

The bishop asked the gathering for their prayers and love for the boys and their families.

“We all need your help,” he said. “You know how hard it is to raise children today . . . these are our children.”

And then in turning to the confirmands in the arena, Bickerton spoke of the incredible transformation that can happen through confirmation when young people “find their voice and their wings.

 “A lot of people wanted you to do this,” he said. “You might even have been forced to . . . but this is the first big adult decision you’ve had to make and you said yes to God!

“So please always put aside a big hunk of your heart for God,” he added.

In his message, based on Ephesians 1:4–6, Bickerton reminded those gathered of what the Apostle Paul referred to as “immeasurable riches of God’s grace in kindness toward us.” Grace that is offered over and over again without fail, despite the failings of humanity. Grace that leads to a “divine progression” of faith throughout life. “God never gives up, so the story continues,” he said.

“The calling God places on our lives has a demand attached to it,” the bishop said. “Live a wife worthy of the calling. How? By being humble, gentle, patient, loving cooperative, and desiring of unity.

“A conversion into the likeness of Christ is a lifetime venture and not a one-time event,” the bishop said. “It is a progression of doors being open, concepts being realized, and courage being found to say yes to God’s call upon your life.”

He told the class of ordinands and the confirmands that he had never admired a group more than these.

“You have said ‘yes’ to joining a church that does not have its together,” he said. “You have said ‘yes’ to a caravan that is wandering in the wilderness struggling to find it’s way. And you have said that you want to be ordained into this mess because somehow, God’s call on your life is real and cannot be avoided.

“By faith, you bear witness to a divine progression, an eternal gift of grace that still today invites us to be a part of the story,” Bickerton said.

Those ordained as elders in full connection in addition to Chupungco are Carol Bloom, Karina Feliz, Matthew Querns, Jody Spiak, and Elon Sylvester. Rev. Lea Matthews, an openly gay candidate who is in a same-sex marriage, was ordained along with fellow deacons Janet Cox and Arletha (Lisa) Miles-Boyce. Gregory K. Higgins, Kevin J. Mulqueen, and Dora Janeway Odarenko were also received as associate members. All won final approval during the clergy session on Thursday night, June 6.

Some clergy and laity throughout the arena continued the tradition of wearing rainbow colored armbands in support of the full inclusion of LGBTQIA persons in the life of the church. A few other clergy members, who support the current wording in the Book of Discipline on human sexuality, carried small signs into the service that read, “STAND: For God’s Word. With God’s Word. On God’s Word.” A handout described the group as a revival effort to give voice to those “who have been voiceless” in the NYAC.

In a statement following the ordination service, Bishop Bickerton said of the newly ordained Matthews, “The strong affirmation from the Board of Ordained Ministry and the overwhelming support expressed from the Clergy Session were clear confirmations of the amazing gifts that Lea possesses. Her call is deep and clear, as is her effectiveness. She truly is a gift to the church.”

As the service was drawing to a close, the bishop invited the delegates to the 2020 General and Jurisdictional conferences to come forward for a blessing. Those elected were as follows:

General Conference laity: Fred Brewington, Jorge Lockward and Gail Douglas-Boykin; clergy: Noel Chin, Denise Smartt Sears, Tim Riss

NEJ laity: Tiffany French Goffe, Ann Craig and Karen Prudente; clergy: Alex da Silva Souto, Sungchan Kim and Adrienne Brewington.

NEJ reserve laity: Roena Littlejohn, Katie Reimer, and Daisy Tavarez; clergy: Paul Fleck, Chongho James Kim, and Marjorie Nunes.

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Legislative Action
The legislative committees placed all but two petitions on the consent calendar; in the plenary session, the report from the Commission on Equitable Compensation was pulled from the consent calendar for further discussion.

A petition called, “Truly Open Doors,” was ratified by the plenary. It called for inclusion for all and resistance to injustice and oppression, as well as congregational self-evaluations regarding inclusion and bias.

A second petition that called for eliminating the fixed costs of annual conference from the registration fees was referred back to the Commission on Sessions.

The equitable compensation report was initially voted down in plenary, and then it was agreed to keep the 2019 salary schedule and reimbursement amounts in place for 2020.

The gathering approved the following:

  • A call to local churches (especially those with predominantly white congregations) to explore white privilege and racism in their communities, churches and within themselves through study, worship, preaching and prayer
  • The right of individuals—under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and study of the scriptures—to personally interpret the truth of the biblical message in its bearing on their own life and the life of the world.
  • The intentional development of young adults for leadership roles in all levels of the conference, as well as delegates for General and Jurisdictional conferences.

Bishop Bickerton baptizes his grandson, Holden, as the child’s parents and sponsors look on.

Bishop Bickerton ordains Lea Matthews as a deacon in full connection.

  • The requirement for all entities that invest conference funds to consider divesting from fossil fuel and to report in April and October on their efforts to do so. The Council on Finance and Administration report stated that as of March 2019 it had divested of all its fossil fuel funds.
  • A petition to the 2020 General Conference requesting a change in the voting restrictions for members of the Conference Council on Finance and Administration.
  • Conference Board of Pensions and Health Benefits report suggesting a $18,240 uniform healthcare rate, a 6 percent increase over the 2019 amount.
  • A budget of $8,414,443, a decrease of 0.1 percent over the 2019 financial plan.

Trustees’ Election
There were five openings on the conference Board of Trustees. Those elected are: Rev. Brian R. Bodt, Tiffany French Goffe, Rev. Angela Redman, Collette H. Stanford, and Claude N. Stuart.

United Methodist City Society
In his report about the City Society, Rev. William Shillady noted:

  • Anchor House is now able to bill Medicare and other insurance networks for the services they provide. The Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services of New York has awarded the program a $19 million capital grant to build an addition to the men’s site on Bergen Street. The addition will provide 20 more beds and a place to provide outpatient services.
  • The Trinity-William James senior apartments are moving ahead on the former site of the Trinity Morrisania UMC in the Bronx. The 12-story apartment building will contain 154 affordable housing units for seniors; 54 of them will be designated for “returning citizens—formerly incarcerated seniors beginning a new life.”

Churches Closed
The closure of three churches were approved by the body: Dover Plains UMC and First Newburgh UMC in the New York-Connecticut District, and Pleasantville UMC in the Metropolitan District.

Remembering the Saints
Those who have passed away since the last annual conference were memorialized in the opening worship service on June 6:

Clergy: Matthew Labriola, Kenneth Baldwin, Walter Schenk, Barbara Knox, Jean C. Arthur, William Siktberg, Donald Collier, Carole Paynter, Barbara Mungin, Richard Thornburg, Randolph Jones, Burton Davison, Susan DeSousa, Charles H. Straut Jr., Richard Hewitt, Floyd George II, Arthur Bloom, Robert A. Johnson, Rosemary A. Smith, Herbert G. Day Jr., Candida R. Gonzalez, William F. Loving, Donald W. Sneller, Paul M. Ewing, Delois Davis, and Louis Rowley.

Deaconess: Cherryetta Williams

Clergy Spouse: Helen Villazon, Cheryl Pyne, Luana Forde, Beatrice Capen, Raymond Johnson, Mary L. Moody, Jenny Schrock, and Mayra T. Rodgers.

Widows/Widowers of Clergy: Ann Snyder, Gayle Weyand, Marguerite Jenkins, Bernice Ford, Elsa Myers, Elizabeth Cady, Felice Lewis, Margaret Beaumont, Margaret Saunders, Geraldine Klein, and Barbara Bauer.

Children of clergy: Gregory Y. Halbrook

Special remembrance: Former NYAC Bishop C. Dale White

Additional information about the 220th gathering of the New York Conference can be found in the Daily Vision Updates published on June 7–9. Those issues may be read or downloaded at

Bishop Bickerton’s “State of the Church Episcopal Address” may be found on the website by clicking here.

LEFT: Bishop Bickerton anoints Rev. Adrienne Brewington after her election to the 2020 NEJ Conference delegation. RIGHT: confirmand William Sears reads a scripture passage.

Clergy from the Long Island East District wave spirit streamers at the close of the ordination service.

Young members of the Spirit Builders dance team move to Hezekiah Walker’s, “I Feel the Spirit,” at the start of worship.

Rev. Wongee Joh, second from left, is congratulated by members of the Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA) after being named the 2020 recipient of the Gwen and C. Dale White Award for her work on social justice issues.

Passing The Mantle

Rev. Randy Day places a symbolic red prayer shawl over the shoulders of the newly commissioned, Rev. Zhaodeng Peng.

The NYAC retirement class of 2019 had accumulated nearly 730 years of ministry service; 12 of the retirees had more than 30 years of service, and four had more than 40 years.The retirees include: Laura Bender, Thomas Carney, Johnny L. Ceasar, Eleanor C. Cresson, Leo Curry, R. Randy Day, Sarah Goold, Robert Grimm, Kyong Hee Kim, MoonSook Kim, Victoria A. Kittoe, Kathleen Lacamera Loughlin, Mary Langley, Enrique Lebron, Edward J. Norman, Elizabeth Ott, Patrick Perrin, A. Erik Rasmussen, John T. Simmons Jr., Dee Carol Stevens, Robert Thompson-Gee, Godfrey Uche, and Kirk Watkins.

Those recognized as licensed local pastors are Onick Bouquet, Egan Bovell, Shari Fleming Ponder, Daniel Asibouh-Sarpong, Hector B. Custodio, Stephen Ernst, Seung Jin Hong, Eugene Knoth, Lee A Stowe, and Jennifer Stultz.

Commissioned as provisional elders were Angel Anthony Abakah, Akilah Bixler, John Jackson Blossom, Jacqueline F. Carter, Sejin Cha, Steve Eugene Chu, Mickey Correa, Nikki Lynn Edleman, Debra San Pablo, and Zhaodeng Peng. Deborah J. Clifford was commissioned as a provisional deacon.

Annual Conference Photos

For a full lineup of events, go to:

7/5–8/30 Conference Center Summer Schedule
Starting July 5, the conference center will be closed on Fridays for the summer.

7/26–28 Mission “u” Weekend
Join the United Methodist Women and Board of Laity for a weekend of spiritual growth and to expand your knowledge


and concept of mission. The 2019 studies are: “Practicing Resurrection: The Gospel of Mark and Radical Discipleship,” “What About Our Money? A Faith Response,” and “Women United for Change.” The event will be held at the Hilton Stamford in Connecticut. There is a one-day sampler program available on Saturday. For additional information or to register by July 1, click here.

8/18–23 Family Beach Week
Start a new tradition by experiencing summer camp as a family at Camp Quinipet on Shelter Island. Sail, swim, ride bikes, shuttle to nearby attractions, worship together, meet guest ministers and more. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Open week, register a-la-carte and come for any combination of days. Hostel-style and private rooms available.

10/11–13 Hatch-a-Thon”
Stay tuned for more info on this event to develop innovative ideas for engaging youth and young adults that Rev. David Gilmore announced at annual Conference.

Vision Deadlines for 2019
The Vision is a monthly online publication of the New York Conference. Deadlines are always the first Friday of the month, with posting to the web site about 10 days later. The deadlines for 2019 are July 5, August 2, September 6, October 4, November 1, and December 6. Please send any stories, photos, ideas, or questions directly to

LIE Walkers Raise Funds for Missions


The Long Island East District mission walk and picnic brought more than 180 participants from 18 churches out to raise money for local missions and frolic in the open air.

The 5-kilometer walk on May 18 through Heckscher State Park in East Islip, N.Y., began and ended at one of the pavilions, passing through forest, along the marshes, and down by the seashore. The day was billed as an opportunity for congregations to raise funds for specific mission/ministry projects, while helping spread the good news about what Jesus is doing through the district churches.

The mission projects supported by the churches included a community garden, donating Bibles to military troops, back-to-school backpacks, safe activities for children, Youth Ambassadors in Mission teams, Heifer International, and the UM World Service Fund. When all was said and done, the churches collected $8,198.50 for their causes through online donation pages and contributions directly to the church.

While the fund-raising efforts were paramount, many participants said they just enjoyed the fellowship on the first beautiful weekend after many weeks of rain. District Superintendent Rev. Julia YH Yim and Coordinator of Mission Ministry, Rev. Tom Vencuss, addressed those gathered about the importance of mission work in sharing Christ’s love.

Rev. Onick Bouquet, pastor of the Haitian UMC in Islip Terrace, shared God’s word with the gathering.

Moms and babies joined in the mission walk at Hecksher State Park on Long Island; at bottom, the praise band “Redeemed!” provided the music for the day’s worship.

Soon it was time to eat, and spirits soared with the music of “Redeemed!” the praise band from Community UMC of Massapequa. Over in the adjoining field, children and youth leaped through the bounce house and played games under the guidance of the district youth council.

Re-inventing Youth Ministry to Nurture Lasting Faith

“Young people are calling the church to task by their very absence,” Rev. Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean said early on in a discussion about how congregations can re-engage with youth and young adults. And she offered some statistics to back up that claim.

Dean, author of “Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers is Telling the American Church,” led a missional engagement forum on May 4 at the Tarrytown Doubletree Hotel. Her book analyzes the findings of a national nine-year study of 13- to 17-year-olds about their spiritual lives.

Throughout the morning, Dean offered details about why American teenagers are at once so positive about Christianity and, at the same time, so apathetic about genuine religious practice.

The five main findings of the 2001–2010 research are:

  • Teenagers are not hostile to religion. The biggest problem is teenagers’ attitude of “benign whateverism.”
  • The faith of teens mirrors that of their parents.
  • Teens are incredibly inarticulate about religion, mostly because they aren’t spending much time in communities that talk about faith.
  • Forty percent say that religion is important to them and makes a difference in their lives.
  • Most teens find religion inconsequential, and adhere to “moralistic therapeutic deism” (MTD) as an unacknowledged way of life.

According to Dean, MTD is a more self-centered attitude and views “God as cosmic butler or divine therapist.” And that view is apparently spreading. She suggested that “MTD is the dominant religion in the United States, having supplanted Christianity in the church.”

The research suggests that parents play a key role in nurturing a faith that will continue into adulthood, Dean said. She offered several tips for parents:

  • Invest in practices that deepen your own faith.
  • Share what you love, not just what you know.
  • Share your own faith story. Why do you follow Jesus?
  • Emphasize the Good News over good behavior. Jesus jacket, put it on, take it off.
  • Speak Christian at home.
  • Do one radical thing for your faith in front of your children. Do it because you follow Jesus. Faith is consequential.

Kenda Creasy Dean, standing at left, coaches participants through a “round robin” sharing of youth ministry ideas.

But churches also need to re-invent their youth ministries to connect teenagers in meaningful ways.

“Youth groups are good for religious socialization, but not for effective faith formation,” Dean said. The model of youth ministry in churches need to change to connect to this new generation. Some of Dean’s suggestions included:

  • Adopting an inter-generational style
  • Becoming missional communities that witness, rather than try to attract
  • Mentoring so authentic relationships may be formed
  • Focusing on teaching life skills and faith
  • A focus on church outside the church, such as creating partnerships with the local schools
  • Empowering youth to create and accomplish their own ministries

After lunch, the 25 participants brainstormed ways to engage or re-engage the young people in their churches and communities. Dean offered inspiration through examples like a fishing ministry, food truck, and coffee bar.

Dean, who is an ordained elder in the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference and a professor of youth, church, and culture at Princeton Theological Seminary, will be coming back to the conference from October 11–13 for what’s being billed as a “Hatch-athon.” Churches are invited to create teams of five, including one youth, to hatch innovative new ideas for youth ministry.

UMW Pushes for Paid Family, Medical Leave

United Methodist Women, the largest U.S.-based denominational network of lay women of faith, launched a nationwide paid family and medical leave campaign as it kicked off its annual Mission u events. The events will occur in more than 50 locations around the country from June through October 2019. The NYAC event is July 26–28.

Mission u events are opportunities for fellowship, spiritual growth, education and action. They are created to prepare participants to turn their faith, hope and love into action on behalf of women, children and youth. This year, Mission u participants will study United Methodist Women’s 150-year history, the Gospel of Mark and radical discipleship, and money from a faith perspective.

Each year, Mission u selects an action that all participants organize to support. The Paid Family and Medical Leave Campaign is the 2019 Mission u action. Participants will write to their elected officials urging them to pass the bipartisan federal FAMILY Act.

“Everyone should be able to take time away from work to care for themselves, a sick child or loved one without fearing that their jobs are at risk,” said UMW Living Wage for All Campaign lead staff Carol Barton.

“For United Methodist Women, advocating for the economic and social needs of women, youth and children has always been a part of our history, driven by our faith and commitment to justice and full inclusion. Too many times, women and men are unable to take time off to care for a newborn, themselves or loved ones when they are ill. They are forced to choose between a paycheck and their or their loved one’s health. We are organizing to help ensure that parents and caregivers aren’t penalized when they do what they have been called to do: to love and care for themselves, their children and families.”

Working in partnership with Family Values @ Work, United Methodist Women is urging its members to organize in their states and at the national level for legislation that provides paid time off for family and medical leave.

Exiting Congregations Face Hefty Price Tag

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Neil Sedaka summed it up best: Breaking up is hard to do.

For congregations that want to leave The United Methodist Church, a breakup also could get very expensive.

Delegates to the special General Conference in February approved two measures that enable churches to exit based on disagreements related to the status of LGBTQ people in the church.

The disaffiliation plan in effect suspends the denomination’s centuries-old U.S. trust clause under limited conditions. That means for the first time in its history, the denomination has set procedures for U.S. congregations to withdraw from the denomination and take their buildings with them.

Before a departure, those congregations could be on the hook for anywhere from tens of thousands to more than a million dollars.

Annual conferences—church regional bodies—have the final word on what their churches owe. As U.S. annual conferences meet this year, some already are reckoning with how to calculate those costs.

“This is a new day with the new legislation,” said Wilson Hayman, outgoing president of the United Methodist Church Conference Chancellors Association—comprising conference attorneys.

Hayman is the chancellor for the North Carolina Conference. Previously, he said, his conference would close a church and sell its property if a congregation lost too many members to be viable.

The new rules change the dynamic, but conferences still need to account for the financial impact of a church’s departure.

For an exiting church, the biggest cost will likely come from what their conference determines is a fair share of unfunded clergy pension liability—that is, what conferences will owe retirees.

A church’s pension contribution not only supports the church’s current pastor but those who previously served the congregation, said Andrew Hendren, general counsel for Wespath Benefits and Investments.

Wespath manages investments for pensions and other retirement-plan assets on behalf of conferences. Conferences are pension plan sponsors and legally responsible for paying benefits.

“Every local church in an annual conference has in some way benefited from the promises that these pension programs represent,” he said.

The special General Conference made dealing with the future of U.S. clergy pensions their top priority even before passing the Traditional Plan that strengthens bans against same-sex weddings and “self-avowed practicing” gay clergy.

They later passed legislation that permits disaffiliation by Dec. 31, 2023, “for reasons of conscience” related to homosexuality. The disaffiliation legislation is now the new Paragraph 2553 in the Book of Discipline, the denomination’s policy book.

In upholding the legislation, the Judicial Council—the denomination’s top court—spelled out that any disaffiliation must include:

  • Approval for disaffiliation by at least a two-thirds majority of a church’s professing members present at the vote.
  • Establishment of terms and conditions between the exiting local church and the conference board of trustees.
  • Ratification of a church’s disaffiliation by a simple majority at annual conference.

Exiting churches also must satisfy any loans from the conference and pay for transferring the building title or other legal work. They additionally must pay two years of apportionments—the amount conferences apportion to their churches to support regional, national and international ministries.

Still, pensions are where the dollars can add up because conferences have substantial obligations for increasingly long-lived clergy in an uncertain stock market. 

The United Methodist Church Conference Chancellors Association addressed the new legislation in an April 27 resolution.

The resolution urges conferences to follow the Golden Rule “in all matters related to disaffiliation and allocation of unfunded pension liabilities” regardless of a departing church’s stance on human sexuality. The resolution also calls on Wespath to provide current information on unfunded liability no later than October 1.

That’s something Wespath essentially already does, Hendren said. Each fall, the pension agency provides each U.S. conference with a report on its pension valuation, the basis for long-term contributions, and the market valuation that would be required if church plans were subject to the federal pension law, Employee Retirement Income Security Act. The report also includes an appendix that lists the liabilities of other U.S. conferences.

What’s different under the new legislation is the requirement that Wespath determine total funding obligations of each conference “using market factors similar to a commercial annuity provider.” Commercial annuities contract to make regular payments.

Wespath has a process for a conference chancellor, treasurer or benefits officer to request, at any time, this valuation for the whole conference.

However, Hendren said, the valuation is only good for three months. “After that, we suggest a conference request a new one from us because the assets in the plan may have changed with market fluctuations, and sometimes the plan liabilities may have changed based on interest-rate movements,” he said.

In determining what churches owe, Dale Jones—Wespath’s managing director for church relations—urges conferences to consider a congregation’s financial capacity.

Generally speaking, the larger a church and more pastors on staff, the larger its pension obligations are likely to be.

It will take time to deal with the full ramifications of the new legislation, said Hayman. “Nothing happens quickly in The United Methodist Church.”

Dalton Named to Leadership Development Post

Jim StinsonThe New York Annual Conference has announced the selection of Rev. Doris K. Dalton as director of leadership development and intercultural competency. She is a deacon in full connection and has been a member of the conference for five years. Dalton currently serves on the Board of Ordained Ministry and is the chair of the Order of Deacons. She most recently led the Westchester Martin Luther King Jr. Institute for Nonviolence as its executive director. She also serves as the chair of the Westchester County Human Rights Commission.

Dalton holds master’s degrees in both business administration in global economic development and divinity. She also has many certifications in leadership development, anti-racism training, as well as mediation and conflict-skills training.

Her personal mission statement is “extending the table of love so all may eat and be full.” Dalton aims to be a facilitator of change for the church, calling her “to transformational leadership and growth so all persons are welcomed into a place and space to become their whole selves.”


Rev. Louis E. Rowley
The Reverend Louis E. Rowley died May 19, 2019.

He was born on January 6, 1936; Rowley grew up in Brooklyn and Port Washington, N.Y. He attended Swarthmore College and Drew University Theological School. While at Drew, Rowley was a student pastor at Sea Cliff Methodist Church. It was during these years that he met his future wife, Mary Lou Davies. 

After graduating from Drew, he served the First UMC of Astoria from 1960 to 1975. While there the couple married and had three sons. From 1975 to 2004, he was the pastor of First UMC of Mount Vernon. He retired from the New York Conference in 2004.

Upon retirement, the couple moved to Drexel Hill, Penn., where he continued volunteer pastoral duties at The Garden Church in Lansdowne, Penn., including Bible studies, preaching and playing the organ. In 2017, the Rowleys moved to the Methodist retirement community of Simpson House in Philadelphia, where he would continue to preach occasionally. His last sermon was preached in January 2019. He played the organ and also led popular hymn sings for his fellow residents.

Rowley led youth groups at both of his churches, and was a firm believer in community involvement. In Astoria, he was involved in the Martin de Porres Center, antipoverty programs, and was secretary of the United Methodist City Society. In Mount Vernon, Rowley worked with the Rotary Club (Paul Harris Fellow), Salvation Army, Riverdale Methodist Home, Seabury-Wilson Home, Meals on Wheels, Council of Churches (president), the Interfaith Clergy Association, Mount Vernon Hospital (trustee) and the Metropolitan District (UMC) Committee on Church Buildings and Locations.

In addition to his wife of 56 years, Rowley is survived by three sons, James (Lisa), John (Melanie) and Peter (Toni); and grandchildren, Alex, Sarah, Matthew, Will, Seth, Tommy and Ella; brothers, Robert (Emily) and David (Abbie), and by numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by three grandchildren, Robert, Hannah and Jack.

A memorial service will take place at Simpson House Chapel, 2101 Belmont Avenue, Philadelphia on June 29, 2019. Visitation will be from 1-2 p.m., with the service at 2.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Simpson House Benevolent Care Fund, 2101 Belmont Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19131.

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