The Rev. William M. Williams, III of FUMC Westfield has been appointed to serve as the new District Superintendent of United Methodist Church in Gateway North District, effective July 1, 2020. FUMC extends its sincerest thanks to Rev. Williams and his family, Joyce, Julia, William, IV, and James for their faithful leadership in our church over the last two years and excitement for Rev. Williams as he moves into this new position in July.
So much has been accomplished and put into motion since Rev. Williams began his ministry at FUMC Westfield, including the development of vibrant children’s and youth programs, the revitalization of Wesley Hall, the development and implementation of a strategic plan that has created new and exciting opportunities for FUMC Westfield members, and growing and developing the church’s footprint within the local community.
FUMC Westfield looks forward to expanding on these exciting developments under the leadership of Rev. Alison VanBuskirk Philip, who has been appointed by Bishop John R. Schol as the new senior pastor, effective July 1, 2020. Pastor Alison is currently the pastor at Franklin Lakes United Methodist Church, and graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary with her Master of Divinity in 2015. Her ministries and coursework focused on spirituality, mission, preaching, and pastoral care. Prior to seminary, Pastor Alison worked in New York City with an interfaith organization focused on 9/11 recovery, and later with World Day of Prayer. Along the way, she has received training in coaching in spiritual direction. Her writing has been published in multiple books and magazines.
While change is always difficult, our church is full of gratitude for all that Rev. Williams and his family have given to FUMC, and excitement to welcome Pastor Alison and her family in July!
About FUMC Westfield
FUMC Westfield holds worship every Sunday at 10:00 AM, with Fellowship Time following worship at 11:00 AM. Our building is located at 1 E Broad St. in Westfield. For more information about FUMC, please visit us online at fumcwestfield.org, on Facebook (FUMC Westfield), or on Instagram (fumcwestfield).