District Conference

2024 District Conference
Saturday, June 15, 2024
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM (Lunch following)
Eastern Hills Wesleyan Church
8445 Greiner Road, Williamsville, NY 14221

2024 Lay Delegate Apportionment

Welcome to First Time Delegates

If this is your first time serving as a delegate to district conference, welcome! The Wesleyan Church has 22 Districts in the North American Conference. Every district holds an annual conference when all the ministers and elected lay delegates from the churches gather to choose leaders, cast vision, hear from denominational leaders, find out about parachurch ministries, celebrate new baptisms, worship, and pray for each other. It is a long-standing principle in the Wesleyan tradition to have an equal representation of clergy and lay members of the conference. The number of delegates allotted from your church is determined by the number of church members. The total number of lay delegates is designed to equal the number of voting clergy members so that there is parity in those numbers.

In the Western New York District, we always begin the day in worship including The Lord’s Supper. District Conference is a time to recognize that we are part of something larger than just our local context. We are part of a district, a denomination, and the church universal.

Lay Delegate Apportionment
Action Committee Report

The 2023 Action Committee submits the following proposals for amendments to the District Standing Rules.
2023 District Conference Action Committee Report

District Superintendent Report
Ministry Directors Reports

Dr. Dan Jones
Assistant District Superintendent Report

Rev. April Arbeiter-Allen and Rev. Becky Todd
Children’s Ministry Directors

Rev. Mindy Tharnish
District Missions Director

Rev. Matthew & Katie Rose
Refresh Directors Report

Rev. KarenTucker
WNY Women in Pastoral Ministry

2023 Thrive Financial Director Report

Rev. Steve and Rev. Ruth Strand
2023 Urban Advocacy Report

Rev. Jon Cole
2023 Youth President Report


Celebration of Baptisms

2023 Baptized List

You will see a baptism celebration video at conference!

Ordination Candidates
Pastoral Appointments 2023-2024
New Licensed Ministers
Guest Ministries


Global Partners – Mindy Tharnish
Habitat for Missions – Wayne Richards
Houghton University – Glenn Hampson
India Gospel League – Karen Brown
Kingswood University – Erik Ireland
Wesley Seminary – Alex Mandura
World Hope International – Dan Irvine


Southern Wesleyan University – SWU President Report
Hephizibah62:4  25 Things – Everyone Can Do Something


Ministers and Minister’s Spouses who have passed away this conference year
2023 Obituaries


General Conference Report

General Conference Report

Our District sent these 8 delegates to the General Conference of The Wesleyan Church in May 2022.

Steve Dunmire
Rick Fohl
Kim Gladden
Joey Jennings
Steve Johnson
Dan Jones
Kim Pecora
Paul Young
Jun Zhuang

This document gives a summarized version of the approved action of the General Conference Memorials adopted at the 2022 General Conference. (Special thanks to Rev. Matt Pickering, DS of the Penn York District for producing and sharing this document.)
2022 General Conference Adopted Memorial Summary

This is the newly published Discipline of the Wesleyan Church that contains the adopted changes.
2022 Discipline of The Wesleyan Church

Pastor Prayer Map
Upcoming Events

Refresh Family Camp – July 30-August 4, 2023

Ordination Service – October 22, 2023 at Wesleyan Church of Orchard Park

Heart to Heart Weekend – November 17-19, 2023 (Pastors’ wives and Women Pastors)

Follow Youth Convention – December 28-30, 2023

District Winter Youth Retreat – January 26-28, 2024

2024 WNY District Conference – Saturday, June 15, 2024, 9:00 AM

Election Results

District Secretary

  • Rick Fohl

District Board of Administration Clergy

  • Jason Argo
  • J.L. Miller

District Board of Administration Lay

  • Jason Mucher
  • Kim Pecora
  • Steve Priola
  • Georginia Schutte

Nominating Committee Clergy

  • Todd Glendenning
  • Suk May Yei

Nominating Committee Lay

  • Shannon Kedge
  • Marie Trippett

Action Committee Clergy

  • Caleb Carr
  • Andrew Sherman
Action Committee Lay
  • Tim McGarvey
  • Ron Wright