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Three new associate directors and one administrative assistant will begin in the Connectional Ministries Office, effective Jan. 1, 2020.

A more in-depth description of each of these ministries will be shared on the conference website at the beginning of the year.

Mr. Dwayne Stinson will be Associate Director of Influence. Stinson, prior to the conference office, served as director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at Shady Grove UMC in Mechanicsville, Va. The Influencing Ministries office will deal primarily with congregational development.

The Rev. Nickie Moreno Howard will be Associate Director of Learning.  She most recently served as associate pastor at St. Matthew’s UMC in Annandale, Va. The Learning Ministries office will focus primarily on discipleship.  

The Rev. Seungsoo “RJ” Jun will be Associate Director of Serving. Jun most recently served as lead pastor at Raleigh Court UMC in Roanoke, Va. The Serving Ministries office will focus primarily on mission and justice opportunities.

Ms. Glenda Blackwell will be an administrative assistant in Connectional Ministries. She recently served with the Virginia State Police. 

“We welcome these four new staff members to our Connectional Ministries team,” the Director of Connectional Ministries the Rev. Dr. Steve Summers said. “We know they will bring many gifts and talents to help us realize the vision of the Annual Conference which is to be disciples of Jesus Christ who are lifelong learners who influence others to serve. We ask that the Virginia Conference hold the entire staff of Connectional Ministries in prayer during this season of challenge and opportunity.”