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President Ray Hartwell to Leave Pennsylvania

Story by Pennsylvania Conference Staff

Ray Hartwell, Pennsylvania Conference president, has accepted a call to the Georgia-Cumberland Conference to serve as the Stewardship and Trust Services director and Association secretary beginning January 1.

Hartwell joined the conference in 1995 as executive secretary and ministerial director. He has served as president since 2003. His wife, Jeanne, has served as associate ministerial director and Family Ministries director since 1995.

The Hartwells describe the move as bittersweet. In a statement, they said, “[it was] a privilege and honor to have served alongside so many dedicated pastors, teachers and members in Pennsylvania.”

Both of their children attended Pennsylvania Conference church schools, graduated from Blue Mountain Academy in Hamburg, and spent several summers at the Laurel Lake Camp in Rossiter.

This move will enable the Hartwells to live closer to Jeanne’s parents, who are in their golden years.

Ray says, “Each of you in Pennsylvania will remain in our hearts and in our prayers. And we shall be eager to watch and see what the Lord does through the amazing mission leadership team all across the Pennsylvania Conference. As a leader in Christ’s mission in Pennsylvania, always lift up the joy of Christ’s second coming and the power of His transforming grace.”

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