Bishop Park Announces DS Appointments

Bishop Park Announces DS Appointments


February 14, 2011

Dear Members of the New York Annual Conference:

Greetings in the precious name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

I am delighted to announce the appointments of two new district superintendents effective July 1st:

The Rev. Elizabeth J. (Betsy) Ott will serve the New York/Connecticut District following the Rev. Jeannette Bassinger-Ishii who is completing a seven year term. The Rev. St. Clair A. Samuel will serve the Metropolitan District following the Rev. Noel Chin who is finishing his eighth year as a district superintendent.

The Rev. Betsy Ott is presently the senior pastor of Park Avenue United Methodist Church in Manhattan.

Rev. Ott brings to annual conference leadership, a passion for spiritual growth and evangelism and a record of helping congregations grow in witness and service. Betsy is a graduate of The Theological School of Drew University with a Master of Divinity degree. She has served on numerous district and annual conference committees, including as vice-chairperson of the Conference Connectional Ministries Vision Table and as chairperson of the Conference Boundaries and Sexual Ethics Committee. Prior to her present appointment, Betsy served as pastor of Westbrookville United Methodist Church, Trinity-Boscobel United Methodist Church in Buchanan, N.Y. and Lake Ronkonkoma United Methodist Church, all in New York. Betsy is a preacher’s kid, the daughter of the Rev. Gene Black, who served several churches in the New York Annual Conference. Betsy is married to Gary, and they are the parents of Emily and Gene. Gene is the pastor of Stevens Memorial United Methodist Church in South Salem, N.Y.

The new Metropolitan District superintendent, the Rev. St. Clair A. Samuel, is the senior pastor of Butler Memorial United Methodist Church in the Bronx. Rev. Samuel grew up in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and received the Master of Divinity degree from New Brunswick Theological Seminary. Prior to his appointment to Butler United Methodist Church, St. Clair served the Church of our Savior United Methodist Church in Yonkers, West Hempstead and South Floral Park United Methodist churches and Freeport United Methodist Church, all in New York. St. Clair is highly regarded for his pastoral and congregational leadership skills. As he leaves, Butler United Methodist Church is poised to begin a long planned building expansion. He has served the wider connection as the chairperson of the Superintendency Committee of the Long Island West District and as a member of the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry. St. Clair and his wife Brenda are the parents of Brandon, a sophomore at Howard University.

The Cabinet and I are looking forward to working with Betsy and St. Clair. We believe that both the New York/Connecticut and the Metropolitan districts as well as the New York Annual Conference will be richly blessed by their leadership. Please join us in welcoming them to this critical ministry for such a time as this.

In Christ


Jeremiah J. Park