Candidate Biography

    The Rev. Melinda L. McKonly

    Allentown, PA

    Mother, Fay McKonly, lives in Lancaster, PA

    - Oldest of five sisters

    Education and Honors:
    Lancaster Theological Seminary, M.Div., 1978

    Millersville State College, B.S. in Education, 1972

    Hempfield High School, Lancaster County, PA Graduated in 1968

  • First United Methodist Church, Phoenixville (1996-2000 Dean of the Cabinet (1992-1994)
  • Allentown District (Harkness District) Superintendent (1988-1996)
  • Lincoln Park United Methodist Church, Senior Pastor (1986-1988)
  • St. Mark United Methodist Church, Erdenheim, Pastor (1981-1986)
  • Berwyn United Methodist Church, Associate Pastor (1978-1981)
  • Oregon United Methodist Church, Student Pastor (1977-1978)
  • Hempfield United Methodist Church, Minister of Education & Music (1975-1977)
  • Membership:
  • Eastern Pennsylvania Conference
  • Director of the General Board of Global Ministries - 1996-2004: Chair of Mission Volunteers Program Area
  • Member of the World Methodist Council - 2000
  • Delegate to the General Conference of the UMC, 1996, 2000, 2004; First Alternate in 2008
  • Delegate to Jurisdictional Conference, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008
  • Chair, Conference Committee on Mission Personnel
  • Mission/Missionary Support Pilot Project for GBGM - 2004-2008

    Ecumenical Involvement:
  • Chaired the Phoenixville Area Council of Churches
  • Currently serve on the Lehigh Valley Hospital Advisory Board of the Pastoral Care Department
  • Participate in the Supervised Ministry program of Moravian Seminary
  • Other:
  • Hempfield School District, Sixth Grade Teacher (1972-1975)
  • She has taken mission trips to:
    Nepal, Korea, Africa, England, West VA, Cherokee Reservation in OK
  • August, 2004, Pastor McKonly was on a month-long pulpit exchange with the Lichtenburg Methodist Church in South Africa.
  • She enjoys music and singing, reading, gardening, traveling and her three cats.
  • Recently became a member of the Garden Writers Association
  • Office:
    1533 Springhouse Road
    Allentown, PA 18104-2243
    Phone (610) 398-2577
    Endorsed by:
    Eastern Pennsylvania Conference

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