February 2020

TO:                      The New York Annual Conference

FROM:               Thomas J. Bickerton, Resident Bishop

RE:                      Reverend David A. Gilmore, NYAC Director of Congregational

                              Development and Revitalization, to Take District Superintendent
                             Appointment with the Missouri Annual Conference’s Heartland District

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See I am doing a new thing!  –Isaiah 43:18-19

It is with great sadness that the New York Annual Conference (NYAC) must announce that our dynamic and charismatic Director of Congregational Development and Revitalization, Reverend David A. Gilmore, will be stepping down from his position effective July 1, 2020.
David, who joined the NYAC team in July 2016, will become District Superintendent for the Missouri Annual Conference’s Heartland District.
In doing so, he returns to the place where he pastored for 16 years prior to coming to NYAC. More importantly, he returns home to rejoin his wife of 23 years, Kimiko, after enduring and making the sacrifice of a three-and-a-half year long-distance marriage.
It will be an emotional time for all who work so closely with him. David has impacted our cabinet, staff, and many of our clergy and local churches with a vision of what they can be rather than simply dwelling in the land of where they currently are. He has a genuine love the people of NY and Connecticut and the work that he’s been called to do for our Conference. 
His infectious spirit has inspired many of us to remain sharp and fresh, and has enabled those directly under his care to see the possibility of going to the next level.
We all love David the person but we also love the way that Christ has worked through the person to enable us to see things we would not have been able to envision without him.
A Passionate Tenure Marked by Notable Church Revitalizations and Plantings
High-points of David’s time with NYAC include the recruitment of passionate pastors like Rev. Jorge López (currently serving the Monticello, Hurleyville, Rock Hill and Woodridge communities in the Catskill Hudson District) and Rev. Daniel Cho (serving the progressive HA:N community in the New York City metropolitan area).
Additionally, David successfully started or restarted six churches, a notable feat at a time when many greeted his arrival with the mistaken belief that if things failed in the past, they will fail in the present. David always saw things differently. He was immediately excited by the “blank slate” he was being given, calling it both terrifying and exhilarating.
NYAC’s loss is sure to be a blessing to the Missouri Annual Conference’s Heartland District. While David has had a major impact on our mission and ministry here in the New York Annual Conference, we like to think that he returns to Missouri a different person than the one who left Missouri in 2016. 
It breaks our hearts to see him go, we send him with our full blessing and best wishes for the renewal of his marriage and the revitalization of the Heartland District in Missouri.

The Journey Continues, . . .

Grace & Peace,

Thomas Bickerton
Resident Bishop


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