Our History

Ministers of the Flanders United Methodist Church

“East Jersey,” the name of the Appointment

1781 James O. Cromwell, Henry Metcalf 

1782 John Tunnell, Joseph Everett

1783 Samuel Rowe, James Thomas, 

1784 Samuel Dudley, William Phoebus

1785 Adam Cloud, Matthew Greentree

1786 John McClaskey, Ezekial Cooper

1787 Simon Pile, Cornelius Cook

“Flanders” appears in the list of appointment in 1788

1788 Jesse Lee

Francis Spring, William Ringold

(“The Apostle of Methodism to New England”), 

Aaron Hutchinson, John Lee

1789 Aaron Hutchinson, Daniel Combs

1790 Richard Swain

1791 Richard Swain, Samuel Fowler

1792 Jethro Johnson, Robert McCoy

1793 John Clark, Daniel Dennis

1794 Shadrack Bostwick, Samuel Coate

1795  John Fountain, Robert Dillon

1796  Thomas Woolley, Samuel Thomas

1797 Samuel Thomas, Thomas Everard

1798 James Campbell, David Bartine

1799 Anning Owen, Thomas Smith

1800 Robert McCoy, Daniel W. Dickerson

1801 Elijah Woolsey, Benjamin Iliff

1802 Elijah Woolsey, Gamaliel Bailey

1803 Johnson Dunham, John Walker

1804 William Mills, Henry Clark

“Flanders” dropped from Minutes, and “Asbury” appears instead

1805 William Mills, George Wooley

1806 Joseph Stevens, John Bethel

1807 John Bethel, Thomas Smith

1808 Daniel Freeman, Jacob Hevener

1809 Peter P. Sanford, T. Drummond

1810 James Moore, Charles Reed, J. Van Schoick

1811 David Bartine, Manning Force

1812 David Bartine, Charles Reen

1813 Sylvester Hill, George Banghart

1814 Joseph Bennett, Thomas Neal

1815 Manning Force, William Smith

1816 Manning Force, George Banghart

1817 George Banghart, Richard W. Petherbridge

1818 Sylvester G. Hill, James Aikins

1819 Sylvester G. Hill, Water Burrows

1820 Water Burrows, John Creamer

1821 John Creamer, Daniel Parrish

1822 William Leonard, James Moore

1823 David Bartine, Samuel Doughty

1824 Benjamin Collins, Samuel Doughty

1825 Benjamin Collins, Isaac Winner

1826 Isaac Winner, Anthony Atwood

1827 - 28 John Finley, John K. Shaw

1829 William A. Wiggins, George F. Brown

1830 William A. Wiggins, Abraham Gearhart

1831 Pharoah Ogden, Francis A. Morrell

1833 J. L. Gilder, L. Benson

1834 - 35 William A. Wilmer, Curtis Talley

1836 Abraham Gearhart, R. Lanning

1837 Joseph Chattle, Crook S. VanCleve

“Flanders” again appears in the appointments, in 1838

1838 Edward Sanders, Crook S. VanCleve

1839 Joseph Chattle

1840 Joseph Chattle, Edmund Hance

1841 - 42 Crook S. VanCleve

1843  George Winsor, Jr.

1844 – 45 Benjamin Kelley

1846 Abraham Owen

1847 – 48 J. F. Canfield

1849 – 50 T.J. Campfield

1851 Caleb A. Lippincott, Swain Thackara

1852 – 53 Waven C. Nelson, Samuel Yagnet, 

1854 – 55 John S. Coit

1856 – 57 Johnathan B. Heward

1858 – 59 Edward W. Adams

1860 George T. Jackson

1861 – 62 William C. Nelson

1863 – 64 John L. Hayes

1865 – 66 Richard Thomas

1867 – 68 Henry Trumbower

1869 Samuel P. Lacey

1870 – 72 Thomas Rawlings

1873 James W. Hartpence

1874 – 76 Samuel K. Doolittle

1877 – 79 George F. Apgar

1880 – 81 Daniel E. Frambes

1882 – 84 John Faul

1885 – 87 William H. Haggerty

1888 – 89 Henry Bice

1890 – 94 William Stout

1895 – 96 M. L. Rhodes

1897 – 1900 C. E. Walton

1901 – 02 J. B. Heard

1903 – 05 E. H. Conklin

1906 William H. Carson

1907 – 09 William Stout

1910 – 12  George F. Illman

1913 L. J. Gordon

1914 – 17  Andrew Henry

1918 H. A. Wann

1919 – 20 W. V. Moore

1921 – 23 Gustave A. Stark

1924 – 25 William A. Molyneux

1926 – 28  Joseph Foster

1929 – 36 Joseph D. Short

1937 – 39 Clarence LeCrone

1939 – 43 Stanley Tiller

William M. Burroughs, Robert Sutliff

(From 1931, Methodist Pastor of United Church)

(Presbyterian Pastor of United Church)

1943 – 46 George Cole

1946 – 49 R. Douglas Merriam

1949 – 53 Milnor Senior

1953 – 55 Robert Carlson

1956 – 57  William Yanney

1957 – 62 E. James Roberts

1963 – 64 Charles Miller 

1964 – 67 Thorwald Torgersen

1968 – 72 Glenn Ashford

1973 – 74 Stanley Haxton

1975 – 78 Kenneth Richardson

1979 – 84 Charles McNeil

1984 Harold Wright, Roy Kramer

1984 – 86 Roy Kramer

1986 – 1990 Marie A. Burger

(1990 – 1992) Clark L. Callender

1992 – 1994 Clark L. Callender

1994 – 1998 Ai Ra Kim

1998 – 2005 Stephen R. Palmer

2005 – Present  Meekyung Choi Kim 

“I am not afraid that the people called Methodists should ever cease 

to exist either in Europe or America. But I am afraid, lest they should 

only exist as a dead sect, having the form of religion without the 

power. And this undoubtedly will be the case, unless they hold fast 

both the doctrine, spirit, and disciplines with which they first set out.”  

– John Wesley