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Friends of the UMC in Madison,

It is with a heavy heart that I need to let you know that I have informed our District Superintendent, Rev. William Williams that I am accepting a job offer to become the Regional Director of Resourcing for the northern region of this GNJ Annual Conference beginning July 1, 2022.

A short time ago, I was invited to apply for this position by a colleague and employee of the conference office. At the time, I did not know of the position, nor was I looking to be reappointed to somewhere new. However, I was encouraged to apply because I was told that I bring the necessary skills to do this job well in a season of tremendous change for our conference. Surprisingly, I was informed that I was being offered the position last Sunday.

Making the decision in just a few days has been a very challenging one. I love the United Methodist Church in Madison and the work we have been able to do together over the last four years. I have been deeply grateful for this appointment and for each one of you. This church has given me the opportunity to offer leadership and support to so many exciting things:

  • To lead a wonderful staff and lay leadership team
  • To work with you to establish a vision, mission statement, and core values that this church will continue to build upon in the future
  • To navigate exciting challenges with you, like whether to take on a daycare and what to do with our properties.
  • To walk with you through in the discernment of becoming a Reconciling Congregation
  • To find new ways to help us reclaim our history and invest in our relationship to Drew University
  • To establish a tuition assistance fund for low income families at Acorn Academy
  • To formalize a regular internship process for Drew University MDiv students
  • To navigate a world-wide crisis together – and in the process, find new ways of offering pastoral support, spiritual education, and worship online. 
  • To begin an international student ministry and help students who are far from home feel supported and loved.

Friends, in just four years – even amid many challenges and more work yet to do – I believe we have faithfully lived into the call of God for this church and as a result, lives have been changed. You have taken faithful, resilient steps in seasons of joy and challenge. I believe you will continue to do so going forward because that is just who you are. I will forever be grateful for the opportunity I have had to be your pastor.

Bishop Schol and the superintendents have just begun the process of making new appointments at this time, and I have faith that they will identify the very best person to serve you going forward. The SPRC and I commit to working with the Cabinet and the congregation over these next 6 months to make this transition for you as smooth as possible. 

I invite you to keep this congregation, myself and my family, and the Cabinet in your prayers for the well-being of this church. If you have any questions or concerns about the transition process, you can direct them to Kevin O’Brien, the chairperson of the SPRC: If you have any questions or concerns for me, you can call (973-377-1231) or email me:

Thank you for leading with me, for being my church family, and for your support that goes above and beyond. The next pastor assigned to you does not yet know how lucky they are, or how much fun they will have. My prayers go with you.

Grace & Peace, 

Pastor Kate

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