The Rev. Burton Smith, Jr. was appointed as our interim pastor
starting September 28, 2015 (First Sunday: October 4, 2015)
Members and friends of Cuba United Methodist Church,
Grace and Peace to you and yours
in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!
I am honored to be selected to be your interim pastor for the next 9 months. In order for you to be more familiar with who I am, let me share some basic information at this time.
I am the oldest of 7 children, born and raised in the small town of La Fayette, New York, a few miles south of Syracuse.
I am a graduate of La Fayette Central School and attended Brockport State College where I received both my Bachelor of Science and Master's Degrees in education.
I taught school for 25+ years teaching at a variety of elementary levels as well as middle school math.
I married my high school sweetheart, Jeanie, and we have been married for 49 years. We have 2 children, a boy and a girl. Each is married, and we have 5 grandchildren ages 9-23. They keep us young.
My initial call to ministry came to me at 12 years old as a camper at Camp Casawasco. I guess I was a slow learner because I didn't really pay attention to it until the early 1980's.
I attended Colgate - Rochester Divinity School and received my Master of Divinity Degree. I was ordained elder in 1988.
I have served several churches in the old Western New York Conference including Stafford, North Ridge, Cherry Creek, Conewango Valley, Leon, Indian Falls, Dalton, Nunda, and West Sparta.
I retired in 2011 and have since served the conference in interim ministry situations in Honeoye, Springwater, Naples and Wellsville churches, serving from 1 to 6 months at a time.
I am a conservative evangelical believer who loves the Lord and serving His church. God has brought us together, and together we will listen and discern what that plan is going forward.
I will be praying for you, individually and collectively and I covet your prayers for me.
I trust in the Holy Spirit's presence with us to empower us to lift high the cross of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Together in Cuba.
In Christ's Service,
Rev. Burton L. Smith, Jr.
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