As your new Pastor, I would like to introduce myself to you. I generally go by Pastor Larry with my congregations, and I am part of a clergy couple. For the past three years I have been serving the West Barre UMC, and for the past year I have also been serving the Oakfield UMC. My wife, Rev. Terry Sue Wiliford, serves the New Life UMC in Webster in the Genesee Valley District. For most of the past 8 years we have lived in two separate homes due to our appointments being a distance apart. We look forward to being closer to each other and having a more normal life. We both grew up in Michigan, I in the Detroit area and Terry in the Battle Creek area. We were married in 1971, after meeting and working together as House Parents at a Home for Emotionally Disturbed Boys and Girls in Kalamazoo, Michigan. We have three sons and three daughters-in-law, along with four grandchildren. Our sons and their families live in Traverse City Michigan; Toronto, Canada; and Fredericksburg, Virginia. I am a graduate of Adrian College in Michigan with a B.A. in History and Philosophy and a graduate of the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, with a Masters of Divinity. I was ordained an Elder in the United Methodist Church in 1977, and have served churches in Ohio (as a student pastor), Michigan, Wisconsin, New York and Kansas for 26 years. I have also served as the Director of Camping and Retreat Ministries for the North Central New York Conference, Director of Camping Ministries/Director of Camp Chippewa for the Kansas East Conference, Director of Camping & Retreat Ministries/Director of Camp Asbury for the Western New York Conference; and Director of Camp Asbury for the Upper New York Conference over a 14 year period. It is my belief that as Christians we are called to be in mission and ministry not only to the people who are a part of our congregation, but also to the community and area in which we live. I strongly believe in the ministry of the Laity. I also believe that when we are effectively in ministry we make disciples for Christ. I am looking forward to being in ministry alongside of you as we live out our Christian faith as disciples of Jesus Christ our Lord. I look forward to our ministry together and our working together. Pastor Larry Wiliford Contact Information: Email: Cell Phone: 585 409-3546 Church Office: 315 524-9509