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Rev. Lynda Bates-Stepe

With an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Gettysburg College, Rev. Lynda Bates-Stepe had no plans on going into ministry. But God had other plans and in response to that call from God she received a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from Yale Divinity School in 1987. She was ordained a Deacon at the New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church in 1986 and an Elder in 1990. Lynda has served churches in Connecticut and New York State. She also did a nine-month training program called Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, NY.

In 1996 she moved to Long Island and has served at Setauket, East Meadow and Commack UMCs. She also met her husband Atis Stepe who grew up on Long Island; their stepdaughter Deanna is now a young adult. Lynda and Atis enjoy sailing on the Great South Bay and hiking with their dogs. Along with her work in the local congregation she is on the Board of Ordained Ministry and finds it very inspiring to get to know her newest colleagues in ministry. Their energy and joy are inspiring. Lynda is grateful to God for the opportunity to serve with the people at Commack UMC where together they share and understand the power of God's presence in their lives. How amazing is that!


From our Pastor

January 27, 2017

Dear brothers and sisters,

It is with sadness that I announce that effective July 1, 2017 1 will be leaving Commack UMC as your pastor. I have requested a Sabbatical Leave for a year to focus on studies and enhancement of my skills for ministry as well as to be more available for family obligations.

When I arrived nine years ago we were on the cusp of celebrating 225 years of ministry in Commack. There was energy and excitement about what God had done through our ancestors in faith and what the future held for us as we moved forward. What a wonderful way to begin a ministry! Over the years we have worshipped, studied and served together in so many ways I can't even list them. For all the goodbyes and sad funerals we have experienced we have also celebrated the arrival of new members and beautiful baptisms. We are strong in faith and eager to love God and serve Christ. I'm sorry I cannot continue the journey with you as your pastor. I am excited about the future of Commack UMC and the work of God happening here.


July seems a long way off and there is much to be done before then. You might wonder what happens next and how a new pastor is appointed. Our Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPR) will work closely with our District Superintendent Rev. Julia Yeon-Hee Yim to identify the skills and gifts needed for effective pastoral leadership. Rev. Yim and her colleagues will share in prayerful consultation with Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton to appoint a new pastor effective July 1st. The SPR Committee will work with the Trustees to prepare the parsonage for the new pastoral family and with the Worship Committee to plan special celebration for his or her arrival. These committee members will need your help and prayers as they fulfil their duties.

Until then I am fully present as your pastor and will do all I can to make the transitions as smooth as possible. And in the next five months there is much ministry to be done. I'm grateful to be working with you, my sisters and brothers in faith, to share and understand the power of God's presence in our lives. May we rejoice in what God has done and is doing among us!


Commack United Methodist Church 486 Town Line Road
Commack, Long Island, NY
Tel: (631) 499-7310 Fax: (631) 858-0596
email: mail@Commack-UMC.org
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