January 22, 2017
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Greetings in the precious name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
After prayerful discernment and proper consultations in accordance with The United Methodist Book of Discipline
, I am pleased to announce the appointment of the Rev. Jill Colley Robinson as District Superintendent of the Vermont District, effective July 1, 2017.
Rev. Colley Robinson follows the Rev. Brigid Farrell, who served eight years as District Superintendent; two years leading the Green Mountain District (former Troy Conference) and six in the Vermont District of the New England Conference.
Rev. Colley Robinson possesses many of the qualifications I seek in a Cabinet member including being a person of prayer, a disciple maker, and someone who is committed to connectionalism with the gift of administration. Additionally, her creativity, innovativeness, encouraging spirit, and sense of humor are all qualities the Vermont District sought in their new DS.
Rev. Colley Robinson currently serves a four-point charge in Vermont including Middlebury, Vergennes, West Addison, and Ferrisburgh Center. Prior to her current appointment, she served churches in East Middlebury and Ripton, VT, and Lebanon, NH. She was ordained an elder in 2003 in the former Troy Conference.
To name some examples of Rev. Colley Robinson’s experience beyond the local church she serves on the Board of Ordained Ministry, and has served as the facilitator of the VT District Clergywomen Gathering, as chair of the NH District Committee on Ministry, and as a member/chair of Troy and NE Annual Conference Worship Teams.
She is passionate about worship design, and writes liturgy for several publications as well as New England Conference events. Personally, I look forward to the creative worship experience she will bring to the Cabinet table.
A graduate of Boston University School of Theology with an MDiv and Middlebury College with a BA in English Poetry and Music Composition, Rev. Colley Robinson currently resides with her husband, John-Eric, who is a permaculturist and stay-at-home father to their two children Chelsea, 12, and Isaiah, 8.
Please join me in prayer for the Colley Robinsons, Rev. Farrell, the congregations of Middlebury, Vergennes, West Addison, and Ferrisburgh Center, and the Vermont District during this time of transition.
In Christ’s love,
Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar