ARCHIVES OF THE SUSQUEHANNA CONFERENCE OF THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

Preserving and Celebrating Our United Methodist Heritage in Central and Northeast Pennsylvania

 

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Wyoming Conference Pastors.  The Wyoming Conference existed from 1852 to 2010 covering northeast Pennsylvania and southcentral New York.  Click on the first letter of the surname to enter the file of all the pastors for that letter.  The instructions file gives details about this project and helpful notes for interpreting the information. 

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INTRODUCTION TO THE FILE OF

WYOMING CONFERENCE PASTORS

 

The Wyoming Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, serving congregations in northeastern Pennsylvania and southern New York, was created in 1852 from the southern part of the Oneida Conference.  In 1970 the Conference acquired the former Evangelical United Brethren congregations within its boundaries. 

 

This file attempts to identify every pastor who was licensed by, ordained by, or served a church within the Wyoming Conference from its creation in the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1852, through its years in the Methodist Church and the United Methodist Church until its dissolution in 2010.  At that time its Pennsylvania congregations were placed in the Central Pennsylvania Conference which was re-named the Susquehanna Conference) and its New York congregations were placed in the newly-formed Upper New York Conference.  Records of pastors who joined the Upper New York Conference end in 2010, and further information on those pastors can be obtained from the Upper New York Conference.  Records of pastors who joined the Susquehanna Conference in 2010 will be updated as time permits, and further information on those pastors can be obtained from the Susquehanna Conference. 

 

Oversimplified account of the territory embraced by the formed Wyoming Conference

-          Prior to 1810 the territory was mostly moved back and forth between the Baltimore and Philadelphia Conferences, although some of the northern part was in the New York Conference.

-          1810 Genesee Conference formed.

-          1829 Genesee Conference split; Oneida Conference formed.

-          1852 Oneida Conference split; Wyoming Conference formed.  At this point the Wyoming Conference is predominantly in Pennsylvania, but including southern New York along the Susquehanna River.

-          1869 Oneida Conference abolished; its territory split between the Wyoming Conference and the newly formed Central New York Conference.  At this point the Wyoming Conference adds New York territory to become almost evenly divided between Pennsylvania and New York and attain essentially the boundaries it kept until being dissolved in 2010.

 

            The following notes will help clarify some of the notation and format.

(1) This file generally does not include pastors who served in the Wyoming Conference area before the formation of the Wyoming Conference in 1852 and were never members of the Wyoming Conference

(2) In general, older terms have been entered using their modern equivalent.  And so…

      (a) “supernumerary” [unassigned, usually for health reasons, but not old enough for

             retired status] is rendered “on leave.”

      (b) “superannuated” is rendered “retired.”

      (c) “presiding elder” is rendered “district superintendent”.

(3) All persons documented to have served a church are listed in the same format.  This is whether that person served as a lay pastor, a local pastor, a supply pastor, a student pastor, or an itinerant pastor – and whether that person was full-time or part-time.

 

NOTE: THIS IS A WORK IN PROGRESS AND IS NOT YET COMPLETE.  EVEN THOUGH THE FILE IS INCOMPLETE, THE MATERIAL IS BEING PLACED ON-LINE IN ORDER TO MAKE AS MUCH INFORMATION AVAILABLE AS POSSIBLE.  ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL BE PLACED ON-LINE AS IT IS AVAILABLE, AND REQUESTS TO ADD OR UPDATE INFORMATION ON PARTICULAR INDIVIDUALS WILL GALDLY BE ACCEPTED.