Pastor Bob Vizthum to be appointed to Liverpool First

Bish­op Mark Webb to make appoint­ment effec­tive July 1, 2019

Announce­ment of New Pas­tor made on March 18, 2019

Bish­op Mark Webb intends to appoint Pas­tor Bob Vizthum to pas­tor at Liv­er­pool First Unit­ed Methodist Church. His appoint­ment begins July 1.

Pas­tor Bob sent a mes­sage to the Liv­er­pool First UMC say­ing that he will pray for our church and for all of us in the upcom­ing months as we begin our min­istry togeth­er. He hopes to get to know all of you and your dreams for this church. His biog­ra­phy is list­ed below:

Robert A. (Bob) Vizthum

Bob Vizthum was born and raised in the city of Detroit, Michi­gan. His fam­i­ly moved out­side of Detroit to the small town of Stock­bridge, Michi­gan, in 1971, where Bob attend­ed High School. He grad­u­at­ed from East­ern Michi­gan Uni­ver­si­ty in 1979 with a degree in Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion. He worked as a branch man­ag­er of Ann Arbor bank and Trust Com­pa­ny, Ann Arbor, Michi­gan, before tak­ing a civil­ian posi­tion as an ana­lyst with the US Navy – first in Philadel­phia, PA, then in Mechan­ics­burgh, PA

Bob was mar­ried to Eileen Joyce in August of 1981. Eileen was a native of Har­ris­burg, PA. She went to the Uni­ver­si­ty of Michi­gan as a stu­dent and Bob and she met in 1980 while both were work­ing at Ann Arbor Bank. They were mar­ried for 35 years. Eileen was diag­nosed with ovar­i­an can­cer in Sep­tem­ber of 2015 and passed away on May 29, 2016. She was employed for years as an Admin­is­tra­tive Assis­tant to three dif­fer­ent Dis­trict Super­in­ten­dents of the Susque­han­na Con­fer­ence of the UM Church.

Involve­ment in a Unit­ed Methodist Church in the mid 1980s kin­dled a desire to explore a call to full time min­istry for Bob. The church, Colo­nial Park UMC, Har­ris­burg, gave Bob many oppor­tu­ni­ties to dis­cov­er and use the spir­i­tu­al gifts God has giv­en him.  With the sup­port of the church com­mu­ni­ty as well as fam­i­ly and friends, Bob, Eileen and their two chil­dren moved to Wilmore, Ken­tucky, in 1989, to attend sem­i­nary. He received his Mas­ters of Divin­i­ty degree from Asbury Sem­i­nary and has served five dif­fer­ent parish­es in Blooms­burg, Altoona, and York, PA.

Bob’s daugh­ter, Jen­nifer, is a grad­u­ate of Syra­cuse Uni­ver­si­ty, 2005. She met her hus­band Matt while attend­ing Syra­cuse. He is also a 2005 grad­u­ate of SU. There were mar­ried in 2005 and set­tled down in the Syra­cuse area. Jen taught at VVS High School out­side of Uti­ca as a his­to­ry teacher for 8 years. She is now in her 6th year as a his­to­ry teacher at Bak­er High School in Bald­winsville. Matt is a Region­al Sales Man­ag­er for opti­cal ser­vices com­pa­ny Alcon. His region spreads from Buf­fa­lo to Albany, and down into Penn­syl­va­nia. Jen, Matt, and their two chil­dren, Avery (11) and Trey (8), reside in Bald­winsville.

Bob’s son, Jim, is a grad­u­ate of Wake For­est Uni­ver­si­ty, Win­ston-Salem, NC, 2007. He then served in the US Navy for 6 years as an Ara­bic lin­guist. He and his wife, Ann, now reside in Brighton, Michi­gan. Jim is a doc­tor­al stu­dent at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Michi­gan as well as being a Teach­ing Assis­tant in the Ara­bic lin­guis­tics pro­gram. Ann is an Assis­tant US Attor­ney in the city of Flint, Michi­gan, hav­ing grad­u­at­ed from Ohio State Uni­ver­si­ty with an engi­neer­ing degree and Har­vard Uni­ver­si­ty with a law degree.

Bob strong­ly believes in the role of the local church to grow believers/disciples who will then impact their fam­i­lies, com­mu­ni­ties, and the world with the trans­form­ing love of Jesus Christ. He looks very much for­ward to being with you in min­istry for the Lord Jesus!