Northeast District

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the Northeast District

Growing Young Workshop

April 21, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Churubusco UMC, 750 N. Main Street, Churubusco

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Lay Servant Academy

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    Conference Superintendent - East District & Northeast District

    Rev. Russ Abel

    Associate Superintendent - Northeast District

    Rev. Kathie Jones

    Connecting Shepherd/Pastoral Care Specialist

    Rev. Jen Huff (Northeast)

    Conference Assistant

    Susie Wild

    Conference Superintendent - East District & Northeast District

    Rev. Russ Abel

    Rev. Russ Abel is a passionate follower of Jesus Christ and seeks to live a grace-filled presence in a hurting world. Russ grew up in rural southern Indiana and continues to feel a strong connection to “hills and trees” and finds solace and renewal there. He has lived in northern Indiana since his appointment in Fort Wayne in 2007. Being one of “those people” he loves the winter and spending time as far north as possible. Russ has served the East District since 2019 and the Northeast District since 2021. Growing up in a working-class home, Russ holds deeply the values he learned in that home and strives to remember his roots. He also is very thankful for his military service, Air Force, which helped awaken him to the beauty and blessing of diversity.

    A graduate of Indiana University and Christian Theological (Magna) he was also inducted into The International Society of Theta Phi (an honor society for theological students). Ordained in 2000, he continues to be blessed, humbled, and excited by opportunities to serve Jesus. He is most passionate about helping people unlock the story of Jesus in their faith walk.

    Russ is committed to his beautiful family and has been especially blessed by his wife, Michelle, of over 30 years and his children Emma (Chad) and Sam (Alyssa). Ask Russ about his grandkids, but make sure you have some time to listen, because he will talk for a long time about them.

    Associate Superintendent - Northeast District

    Rev. Kathie Jones

    Kathie Jones’ ministry began as a second career, and after raising 3 children. She has grown in leadership and organizational skills, as well as her ability to creatively work through difficult circumstances. Currently, Kathie is the Associate Conference Superintendent in the Northeast District where she connects and supports part-time local congregations and local pastors. Kathie is proud to call Fort Wayne her home.

    Connecting Shepherd/Pastoral Care Specialist

    Rev. Jen Huff (Northeast)

    Rev. Jen Huff is an ordained deacon who has served in different areas as youth minister, director of children’s ministries including after school programs, childcares and preschools, and in the role of associate pastor through the years. She is also working on her certification as a ministry coach. Jen is excited to serve at the conference and district levels because she believes the connection is important, especially for local churches. Jen’s immediate family includes her husband John who is an ordained elder, their three beautiful children, and their goldendoodle puppy. When Jen is not equipping disciples to serve others through Jesus’ love, she is keeping up with her kids, trying new restaurants, and watching movies. From time to time she enjoys getting to camp and travel to the beach.

    Conference Assistant

    Susie Wild

    Susie was born and raised in New Jersey, where she graduated from Rutgers University with degrees in Business Administration and German. Although she is an East Coast native, Fort Wayne has been her home for the past 24 years and also where she and her husband, Chris, chose to raise their 4 children together. Susie has spent the majority of her time here in Fort Wayne raising her children and being a pastor’s wife.

    Now facing an empty nest, Susie is ready to dedicate her time and gifts in an administrative capacity and is looking forward to serving The United Methodist Church. In her spare time, she enjoys exercising, staying healthy, gardening, and backpacking.

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    District Breakthrough Prayer

    God of Gospel and of grace, we come before you pleading with you to do a mighty thing among us. We long to bring people into relationship with Jesus. We long to help them grow deeper in knowing, following, and serving Jesus in our communities. Love us, lead us, direct us, forgive us. Help us to pay attention in our listening and be bold in our action for You. Speak, Lord, for your servants are listening.

    Amen.