With us, not about us

The Candidates

LGBTQI Lay Candidates


Jorge Lockward

Jorge Lockward was born and raised in the Dominican Republic, and has been a member of the New York Annual Conference since 1989.  He currently works as Minister of Worship Arts at Church of the Village UMC.


Dr. Dorothee Benz

Dorothee Benz has been a Methodist since immigrating to the U.S. with her family in 1968. She was a delegate to the 2016 General Conference, where she helped lead the effort, on and off the floor, that led to the suspension of further anti-LGBTQI legislation, the creation of the Commission on the Way Forward, and the call for the 2019 special General Conference.


Karen G. Prudente

Karen G. Prudente is a third-generation Filipino United Methodist and has been a member of Christ Church NY since 1972.


Quishaun D. Hill

QuiShaun D. Hill is a member of New Day Church in the Bronx, where he serves as co-director of the Worship Arts Ministry, and is an employee of the United Methodist Church of the Village.


Ann Craig

Ann Craig is a lifelong United Methodist. She served as a UD-2 Home Missionary in Virginia after attending Nebraska Wesleyan and is a graduate of Yale Divinity School.


Ally Lay Candidates


Tiffany Frency-Goffe

Tiffany French-Goffe is a lifelong United Methodist and a first-generation American, the daughter of Caribbean immigrants.


Fred Brewington

Fred Brewington has deep knowledge of the General United Methodist Church and the operation of General Conference. He has served as a delegate to the last four General Conferences. He currently serves on the General Church Connectional Table and the Standing Committee on Central Conferences Matters. 


Daisy Taverez

Daisy Tavarez, has been an active United Methodist all her adult life. She attended City College and Manhattan Community College and worked in the financial industry for over twenty years.


LGBTQI Clergy Candidates


Rev. Kristina Hansen

Kristina Hansen is a second career clergy.  Since leaving a successful corporate career to answer a call to ministry, she has served churches in four of the conference’s six districts.


Rev. Alex Da Silva Souto

Alex da Silva Souto has been a person of the “in-between space” since his childhood in Brazil. He’s lived in Japan and San Francisco, where he served as a lay leader in the California/Nevada Annual Conference, before joining NYAC while at Yale Divinity School.


Rev. Martha E. Vink

Martha E. Vink was born and raised in NYAC and has participated in the life of the denomination at every level, from local church involvement through terms on district, conference, jurisdictional, and national committees.


Rev. Dr. Sara Thompson Tweedy

Sara Thompson Tweedy won the Henry Hallam Tweedy Prize [no relation] for "exceptional promise for pastoral leadership" from Yale Divinity School and followed in her mother's and uncle’s footsteps as a United Methodist minister.

Ally Clergy Candidates


Rev. Vicki Flippin

Vicki Flippin was baptized into the Taiwan Methodist Church, the daughter of a Chinese naval veteran and a Women's Division missionary. Vicki serves today as the Co-President of the national Board of MFSA, where she works to dismantle racism within the white progressive UMC movement.


Rev. Sheila M. Beckford

Sheila M. Beckford, a cradle Methodist, is an elder in the New York Annual Conference. Her deep roots in the life of the conference go back to her bake sales at Newman Memorial as a child, ushering, and Page Coordinator.


Rev. Wongee Joh

Wongee Joh responded to her call into ministry as a Korean-American woman after she understood that things needed to be different for her daughters. Inequities do not only harm those being discriminated against – they ham us all.


Rev. Paul Fleck

Paul Fleck attended the 2008 General Conference as a reserve lay delegate from New England and the 2012 GC as a volunteer for the Love Your Neighbor Coalition.