January 11, 2016
January 11, 2016
Dear Sisters and Brothers of the Susquehanna Annual Conference,
Grace to you in the name of Jesus Christ, Prince of Peace, Healer of our Brokenness, and Hope of the World!
I am pleased to announce the appointment of the Rev. Larry L. Leland, Jr. as Superintendent of the Lewisburg District effective July 1st, 2016. He will succeed the Rev. Dr. Thomas Salsgiver, who finishes his eighth year of District Superintendency.
Rev. Leland has been serving as the Senior Pastor of Faith United Methodist Church, Montoursville since July 2010. During his tenure in his current appointment, Faith Church has experienced remarkable growth. His outstanding leadership and commitment to sharing the gospel with the larger community has brought a contagious spirit of vitality to the church as it continued to expand its presence, ministry and witness in the community. He understands what it takes to be a church alive in the mission of Christ for such a time as this.
Larry's other appointments include: Senior Pastor, Christ Church, Selinsgrove (1999-2010), Associate Pastor, Manchester St. Paul's (1995-1999), and Pastor, Dover Bethany, 1994-1995. He is a graduate of York College and Lancaster Theological Seminary.
Rev. Leland also serves our connectional church in very significant ways. For the past few years Larry has served as our Conference Secretary. He has also served in numerous areas of leadership. As the first clergy person elected, he leads the delegation of the Susquehanna Conference to the 2016 General and Jurisdictional Conferences.
Larry is a person of deep faith. He is endeavoring to lead a holy life entirely committed to God. In addition to his exceptional gift of leadership, Larry's gentle demeanor, his discerning spirit, his strong administrative skills, his listening ear, his pastoral heart, and his love of God and the church will serve him and the churches of the Lewisburg District well. Larry's ministry has been greatly appreciated by each of the congregations he has served. He is deeply respected by his colleagues.
Larry is married to Barbara. They are the parents of Henry. I solicit your prayers for the Leland family and the Faith congregation during this time of transition.
We look forward to our new common journey with Rev. Larry Leland. Please join me welcoming him to the ministry of superintendency.
With You in Christ,
Jeremiah J. Park
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