Michele Clark

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The Rev. Michele K. Clark was appointed Pastor to First United Methodist Church of Greene and North Fenton United Methodist Church effective July 1, 2017, at the 2017 Annual Conference of the Upper New York Conference by Bishop Mark Webb.
Pastor Michele holds a M. Div. (2011) from Duke Divinity School of Durham, NC and a Bachelor of Science (2007) in Religion from Mt. Olive College (now The University of Mt. Olive).
Pastor Michele served pastorates at Faison United Methodist Church, Faison, NC from 2007-2011, Eureka United Methodist Church, Eureka, NC from 2011-2015, and Salem United Methodist, Goldsboro, NC from 2015-2017 all in the North Carolina Annual Conference.
Pastor Michele has served on the Capital District Committee on Ordained Ministry, Capital District Spiritual Formation Team, Residency in Ordained Ministry Team Leader, Capital District Building and Location Committee, and completed the two-year Fellows Program through the Academy for Leadership Excellence in Raleigh, NC.
Pastor Michele was elected at the 2018 Upper New York Annual Conference to serve on the Binghamton District Committee on Ordained Ministry.
Pastor Michele is a native of Gloversville, NY, and is married to Bob who is appointed to First Chenango Bridge United Methodist Church. They have three children, Jason Dunham (Tachana and Nadia), Courtney Yerry (Mitch, Grayson and soon to come, Emelia), and Dan Clark (Carrie, Caden, and Colton).
Pastor Michele has a great love for Jesus Christ and for outreach ministries, spiritual formation, and ministry with the aging. Other interests include grandchildren, church and community, golfing, fishing, reading, and meeting people.

Music Director

Winnie Sortman

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Winnie is a lifetime native of Greene and has had the pleasure of serving as organist/choir director for several decades. Earning degrees form SUNY Broome, Hartwick College, and University of Phoenix in music, vocal performance, and education, Winnie enjoyed teaching music and directing musicals for the Gilbertsville-Mount Upton School District, where she retired in 2017. Winnie remains active in the music world playing keyboard and sewing costumes for local theatre groups, judging voice and piano at NYSSMA festivals, guest conducting, and teaching private voice lessons.

Winnie and her husband Dale live in the country where they enjoy the wildlife, most notably, bird watching.


Joyce Besemer

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Joyce wears many hats as Administrative Assistant at FUMC where she can be found in the church office each Tuesday and Thursdays from 10:30 am until at least 12:30 pm and other days as needed.
She loves to do newsletters which she considers her specialty, has created newsletters for other churches and in the past, various organizations including Town of Coventry and Afton Alumni Association.
Besides her responsibilities at Greene she works for the Afton Presbyterian Church as their church secretary and is Licensed Lay Pastor at First Congregational Church in Coventryville where she has served for the last seven years and continues to serve.
Joyce enjoys working anywhere that she can provide a minister of service in God’s name.
She has lived in Coventryville for the past 25 years where she enjoys her garden, bird watching and reading a good mystery.
A former member of the Binghamton Downtown Singers, she loves most kinds of music as well as making quilts and giving them away, and her 5 kitties.
Previously she worked for the Broome County Council of Churches in Binghamton as Administrative Assistant and Office Manager and
before that as Secretary to Camp, Conference and Retreat Ministries at Sky Lake under the supervision of Rev. Lisa Jean Hoeffner.


David Barnes

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David has been a member of our congregation for 50 years.  David is the Church Sexton and the chair of the history committee.  He also acts as the Church email coordinator and is a member of the choir.

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