Conference hires part-time Climate Coordinator

June 05, 2023

Bishop Peggy A. Johnson is pleased to announce that Grace Pugh Hubbard has been hired as part-time Climate Coordinator for the New England Conference. 
Hubbard has worked with United Women of Faith and the Church Center for the United Nations in New York as well as with NGOs locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. 
Grace Pugh Hubbard

She is a member of Essex Center United Methodist Church in Vermont, where her husband, Dr. Joel D. Hubbard, serves as pastor. She will begin this new role on July 1, 2023. 
The Climate Coordinator will work with the Board of Church & Society and the newly created volunteer Creation Care Taskforce to offer information and resources to individuals and churches so that we can be good stewards of the Earth and our natural resources.  
Hubbard will also help us advocate for effective local and state policies to combat climate change and support the environment. She will help organize state and district-level groups to educate churches on the many options for practicing faithful Christian stewardship and to work for climate justice.  
“I am excited to be an advocate for creation care in the New England Annual Conference, as climate justice intersects with all issues of social justice,” Hubbard said. “I’m looking forward to building on the amazing foundation that has already been established within the NEAC by Rev. Kim Hornung-Marcy, [chair of the Board of Church & Society,] and other faithful creation care-givers.”
This new position was created when the 2022 Annual Conference approved RS-22-222, submitted by the Conference Board of Church & Society.  
Please join us in welcoming and offering prayers for Grace and this new ministry.