Rev. Matthew Curry, NYAC Director of Connectional Ministries, Set for New Appointment with UMC of New Canaan

Rev. Matthew Curry, NYAC Director of Connectional Ministries, Set for New Appointment with UMC of New Canaan

2/27/2021


By Joy Duckett Cain | NYAC Communications

After six years as New York Annual Conference (NYAC) Director of Connectional Ministries (DCM), our much beloved Rev. Matthew T. Curry will take up stakes and move to a new appointment on July 1, 2021.

Over the course of his assignment, Rev. Curry brought many gifts to the multi-faceted responsibilities of the of the DCM role. He served as steward of the vision of the Annual Conference, led the process of transformation and renewal for the Conference; been responsible for the alignment of resources, and overseen Connectional Ministries by aligning the needs of our local, district, Conference and general church ministries. Rev. Curry was also highly instrumental and hands-on in planning our Annual Conference sessions. 
 
Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton, Resident Bishop of the NYAC, speaks highly of the depth of integrity and creativity that Rev. Curry demonstrated during his tenure and as a member of his Cabinet. 
 
“It has been a great joy to share the journey with him for the past five years. I will miss the relationship and trust we have built together,” Bishop Bickerton says. 
 
“I know that Matt’s legacy as the Director of Connectional Ministries will not soon be forgotten.  New Canaan will be greatly blessed by the gifts he will bring to this community of faith. We wish him all of the best in this new adventure.”
 
In his new assignment as Senior Pastor of the United Methodist Church of New Canaan in Connecticut, we know he will bring the same degree of commitment, passion and unflagging service to God that characterized his time with the NYAC. 
 
Rev. Curry says he will miss the Conference, its people, purpose and the passion for connection found at the heart of the work he came on to do in July 2015. “I’ve been blessed to work with amazing people in the Cabinet and on the Conference staff. It’s an amazing Conference filled with very gifted people who have wonderful, varied life experiences and deep faith.”
 
On his office wall is a framed cross-stitch picture of praying hands, with the words “Pray without ceasing. -1 Thess. 5:17” written beneath it. It is a treasured seminary graduation gift from his grandmother, who had made it by hand.  “I cherish this piece of art because it is a truth worth remembering and my grandmother is a saint worth honoring,” he says. That piece of artwork will travel with him to his new church. 
 
As Rev. Curry’s journey continues into a new season, we will be praying for him in this new pastoral appointment.