|It is with joy that I announce that I will be appointing the Rev. Blake Busick to serve as the next District Superintendent for the Great Northern District effective July 1, 2018. Rev. Busick has served in our annual conference since 1984. In his present appointment, he is serving as the Senior Pastor of First UMC in Santa Rosa. As he assumes the superintendency of the Great Northern District, he will be succeeding the Rev. Dave Samelson who completes six years of outstanding servant leadership in this district.
The Rev. Blake Busick, 57, served the Good Samaritan UMC in Cupertino from 2008 to 2012, St. Paul UMC in Freemont from 1994 to 2008, Patterson Federated Church from 1998 to 1994, and Greensville and Taylorsville UMCs from 1984 to 1998.
Pastor Blake describes his vocational call to ministry saying, “From the very beginning of my ministry, I have felt called to change the world that God so loves. I pray and labor for God’s reign to come on earth as it is in heaven. I believe that the local church is the most effective and strategic means for this transformation, which happens as a result of disciples growing and multiplying. This is why I believe everything is about discipleship. Maturing in Christ is not just for the benefit of individual disciples, but it is the way God changes the world. I see my role as a Pastor of the church as one who leads this transformation through the means of discipleship.”
Rev. Busick graduated from the University of the Pacific and received his seminary education from the Boston University School of Theology. He also earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Pacific School of Religion (PSR).
Blake is married to Peggy. Peggy has worked in Special Education her entire career and is currently an Inclusion Specialist who works mainly with children who have Autism. Last year they celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary. They are the parents of two adult children, Matthew and Meghan. Matthew is the Head of Implementation for Bibblio, a technology company. He is married to Bob Dilokjeerapan and they live in London. Meghan is an Occupational Therapist working in San Jose. She is engaged to Nico Bernardo and they will be married in October.
It is his understanding of the importance of the local church and his years of excellent leadership in the local church that has led me to invite Rev. Busick to the superintendency and to my Cabinet. His servant spirit, his pastoral heart, his love of our connectional church, and above all his unwavering faith that God holds The United Methodist Church in God’s own precious hand and will lead it into its future, led me to believe that he will bless our Cabinet, and help us lead the California-Nevada Conference in faithful ways in the days to come.
Please join me in giving God thanks for Rev. Dave Samelson as he completes his work on the district and for Rev. Blake Busick who follows him.
Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño
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