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The goal of this page is to communicate information for the laity and clergy of the district, and also to help seekers find a place to connect.  As known, worship times, facebook tags and websites will be listed for the 113 churches of the State College district and the Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church.  

The State College District connects the United Methodists in Centre, Clearfield (West Branch & Philipsburg Osceola Mills School Districts), Clinton, lower Juniata and Mifflin Counties.

                                                                                   
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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

 

Dear United Methodists of the Susquehanna Conference,

 

Grace to you in the name of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, Healer of our brokenness, and Hope of the world!

 

With joy and excitement, I am very pleased to announce the appointment of the Rev. Brenda Kay Leigey as Superintendent of the State College District effective July 1, 2019. She will succeed the Rev. Lori Steffensen who will complete her eighth year as District Superintendent this year.

 

Rev. Leigey brings a wealth of both life and pastoral experiences. She previously worked in the banking industry before responding to God's call into the pastoral ministry. A native of West Decatur, Rev. Leigey graduated from Philipsburg-Osceola High School, Bloomsburg University, and Drew Theological School. She became a certified candidate for ministry in 1989, a licensed local pastor in 1990, a probationary member in 1994, and was ordained in 1997 in the Central Pennsylvania Conference.

She was recommended for ordained ministry by the Salem United Methodist Church, Mt. Hope Charge. She has served the following pastorates: Brandon-Central, 1990-1995; Nescopeck Wesley from 1995-2000; Nescopeck Wesley with extended ministry to Albright, 2000-2001; and Philipsburg Trinity since 2001.

 

Brenda has a passion for children and youth that led to her call to serve as a pastor. She served as the Lewisburg District Youth Coordinator and as a Co-Dean in the conference camping program at Wesley Forest.  She has also served on numerous conference boards and agencies, including the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry. She has served as Chair of the District Committee on Ordained Ministry and currently is serving as Chair of the State College District Superintendency Committee.

 

As a spiritual leader, Brenda's gifts and graces for ministry are deeply appreciated and she is well respected for her leadership in the cluster and district, as well as in the local church. Her collegial spirit and personal way of connecting with people is highly valued. Brenda is also an excellent administrator. The Cabinet is thrilled to welcome her to its table.

 

Brenda is married to Allen who is the director of the athletic department of the Curwensville School District. They have a daughter, Macala Rae. I would ask that you keep Brenda and Allen in prayer as they make this significant transition. I also ask your prayers for the congregation of Trinity, Philipsburg and the State College District as they live into this time of transition. Please join me in expressing gratitude to Brenda for being willing to follow God's call upon her life to serve as a District Superintendent for such a time as this.

 

With You in Christ's Ministry,

 

Jeremiah J. Park

                    

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Note from Our district superintendent 

FARE WELL


Dear State College District,

 

It is time for me to say farewell as your superintendent.  It has been a long, wonderful and challenging eight years. 

 

Eight years ago, Ted and I arrived here knowing no one, and now we are pleased to call this area ‘home.’  We have come to value the beauty of this land, and more importantly the beauty of the people.  You have in your heritage, in your very bones, a passion for mission and service. 

 

I am not joking when I announce at Annual Conference that I serve the best district.  You honor your covenantal promises (even when the denomination may give some of you fits), you are attentive to needs of your community, and you have a wonderful way of arising to face a challenge.    Which district funded one fork-lift for Mission Central on its own, while the others together funded one?  State College.  Which district raised more than any two+ other districts in the Bishop’s Partners in Mission Challenge?  State College.  Which district honored shares of ministry obligations the best over the last 8 years?  State College.

 

For the mistakes I have made, I ask your forgiveness.  I have tried my best, yet that is not always good enough.  (The cool thing and a hard thing – is that as Christians we are to forgive each other as Christ forgives us.)  My desire has been and continues to be that the Church of Jesus Christ flourish – not for the sake of building or status, but for the sake of the mission and gospel of our Lord and Savior.

 

My prayer is that this transition goes well.  I know I am passing you on to the excellent hands of Rev. Brenda Leigey.  Brenda grew up in this district and has served here well for the last 18 years.  She will lead you with wisdom, passion and compassion. 

She also has a good eye for administrative details…. So, no slacking, pastors!

 

Grace and Peace,

Lori

 

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