Honored With WPA Awards
Rev. Larry Homitsky receives the Pineapple Award for his work with the Conference Youth as the Conference Youth President, Becca Swineford, and Conference Youth Director, Renaye Hoffman, look on.
received both a Denman Award for Evangelism from the Foundation for Evangelism and the Conference Youth
Ministry Team's Pineapple Award.
The Denman Award is given every year to one clergy and one lay person in each UM conference who effectively reach others for Christ.
The Youth Ministry Team bestows their Pineapple Award annually on a clergy or layperson who works effectively with youth.
As part of his
many duties as Conference Director of Connectional Ministries
the past 12 years, Homitsky
supported efforts of the Youth Ministry Team and the Conference Camping Office, as well as welcoming and working with the hundreds of youth who came to Conference Center each year on Confirmation Tours.
personal evangelism in the communities, he
has been a leader in church growth and new church development, mission outreach and disaster response.
also works with the national Igniting Ministry campaign, traveling nationally to train church leaders in how to use the ads to develop inviting and welcoming ministries.
He also works with the Board of Global Ministries research office to provide congregations with demographic information to help expand ministries.
After serving the past 12 years as Director of Connectional Ministries
, will begin a new ministry on Pittsburgh's North Side on July 1.
He will serve as pastor of Calvary UMC, head the United Methodist Church Union and lead a team serving Church of Our Savior and New Hope parish.
Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton led the annual conference members in an emotional tribute to Homitsky
during the annual conference and praised his exceptional work as DCM.
The Rev. Lisa Grant will follow Homitsky
as Conference DCM.