Westfield Presbyterian Church welcomes Rev. Sumption

WESTFIELD — The Rev. Ronald L. Sumption became minister of the Westfield First Presbyterian Church last month and brought with him unique gifts, skills and more than 20 years of pastoral experience.

Although he and his wife, Judy, are originally Midwesterners, a Princeton (NJ) Theological Seminary and children living in the east brought them to Medina, New York. Daughter Michelle is an ordained Presbyterian minister serving in York, New York; daughter Kaitlin and husband Cameron live in Arlington, Virginia with a new-born daughter; son James (married to Brianne) inspects pipelines for a Sydney, MT company.

Having earned a bachelor of arts and social sciences degree from Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, New Jersey, Princeton was where Rev. Sumption earned his Master of Divinity.

As for his call to Westfield’s Presbyterian Church, Rev. Sumption has begun working with the congregation to lay the ground-work for “God’s promised future with hope.” He further expresses the future with his intention “to assist you in celebrating First Presbyterians history, strengthening our ties with the Presbytery of Western New York, renewing our vision for the future, reaching out into our community and our world with love and imagination in Jesus’ name.”

The six-member nominating committee members were unanimous in naming Rev. Sumption when they announced, “He is a flexible, creative, relationship builder, problem solver and communicator with a great sense of humor.”