July 24, 2012
Dear United Methodists of the New York Annual Conference:
I greet you in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Prince of peace, Healer of our brokenness, Hope of the world!
Many of you know by now that the Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference of The United Methodist Church has assigned me to the Harrisburg Episcopal Area, Susquehanna Annual Conference, effective September 1, 2012. I have all the trust that God is waiting for me there. While I am looking forward to serving our sisters and brothers in Christ in Pennsylvania, I cannot leave the New York Area without telling you how much it has meant to me to minister together with you for these past eight years. The partnership in the gospel we shared together was truly awesome and has been an inspiration to me. Although I am leaving, I will never stop loving New York and Connecticut!
Because I love you, and because I trust God, I can leave with confidence, excited by the Jurisdictional Conference's assignment of Bishop Martin McLee to the episcopal leadership of this conference. Prior to his consecration, Bishop McLee was serving as the District Superintendent of the Metro Boston Hope District of the New England Annual Conference. The gifts and graces of Bishop McLee as a spiritual leader are exceptional. His ministry and witness as an episcopal leader will be an incredible blessing to the whole church and beyond, as well as to the New York Annual Conference. With all my heart, I believe you will continue to be a special conference to our Lord, and that you will be in good hands with Bishop McLee.
Lisa and I want you to know how very much we have appreciated our eight years with you. The New York Annual Conference, and the churches and people within it, have made an indelible mark on our hearts. Thanks be to God for you! We have been blessed beyond imagination through you. Once again, we would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the fantastic journey that we were privileged to have with you.
May God continue to richly bless and honor and use each and every one of you, all to the glory of God!
Jeremiah J. Park