Committees, Teams and Commissions

The Missouri Conference is composed of several teams, and committees. With the information below you can learn about the purpose of each group and contact their chairperson. To jump to a specific section on the page, click one of the links below.

Conference Teams

Board of Ordained Ministry

The Board of Ordained Ministry supports congregations by identifying, equipping and deploying clergy leadership for ministry. This includes both ordained and diaconal ministry and all certified candidates under appointment.

Chair: Dr. Rev. Bruce Baxter


Camping Ministries Team

The Camping Ministries Team was created for the purpose of casting vision for conference-initiated and led camping programming in collaboration with Next Generation Ministries.

Chair: Rev. Ron Watts, E-Mail


Clergy Support Team

The Clergy Support Team provides support for ministry through pensions, health insurance and equitable compensation, and cooperates with the ordained ministry team to consolidate clergy scholarships and continuing education funds into one process. The membership will include a Board of Pensions member and other members to carry the balance of responsibilities.

Chair: Tom Ventura, E-Mail


Congregational Development Team

The functions of the Congregational Development Team are to provide resources for starting new congregations, strengthen existing congregations, and explore alternative ministries. Functions may include research/demographics for locating new church starts, assisting established churches in adapting to change, and developing strategies for ministries in ethnic, urban, suburban, town and rural congregations of all sizes.

Chair: Rev. Robyn Miller, E-Mail


Core Practices Team

The Core Practices Team will provide a network of connections among congregations that are thriving to strengthen their ministry through the core practices of radical hospitality, passionate worship, intentional faith development, risk-taking mission/service, and extravagant generosity. The team will encourage sharing of resources among congregations, learning events, and communication links that foster vitality in each of the practices. The committee also links congregations and the general church through the General Board of Discipleship, Membership 7.

Chair: Rev. Charity Goodwin, E-Mail


Council on Finance and Administration Team

The Finance and Administration Team serves as a finance committee, to administer the affairs of the conference, to provide administrative support for congregations, to consult with the Council to draft a conference budget and to present the recommended budget to the Annual Conference session.

Chair: Rev. Sherri Swanson, E-Mail



Lay Ministry Team

The Lay Ministry Team supports the congregations through the training, support, and empowering of lay leadership for ministry. This includes the ministries of lay speakers, lay leaders and those serving as lay ministers.

Chair: Amy Thompson, E-Mail


Mission, Service and Justice Team

This team provides for the mission, service and justice ministries of the Annual Conference. It collaborates with staff to carry out the work of the Office of Mission, Service and Justice, including its work with Volunteers in Mission and Disaster Response along with a host of ecumenically related projects, such as Heifer International and Festival of Sharing. The Missouri United Methodist Disaster Response Team is a task force of this team.

Chair: Rev. Jennifer Long, E-Mail


Next Generations Team

The Next Generations Ministries team will serve as a connection to the Missouri Annual Conference to help local congregations to be more relevant, inclusive, invested and equipped in ministries related to children, youth and college-age persons. This team collaborates with the Camping Ministries Team.

Chair: Rev. Andy Blacksher, E-Mail




Values Team

The Values Team affirms and advocates our values in the Missouri Conference and calls us to faithfulness to the Gospel and the Social Principles of the United Methodist Church. The Values Team connects the Missouri Conference with the General Commission on Religion and Race and the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women, and through these mandates encourages diversity and inclusiveness in all levels of the church.

Chair: Rev. Sheila Bouie Sledge, E-Mail


Youth Leadership Team

The Youth Leadership Team will serve as the streering committee for the youth ministries of the annual conference. Through conference-wide training, service and mission opportunities and other spiritual retreats and events, the YLT will have opportunities for spiritual growth and discipleship. 

Chair: To be elected

Conference Committees

Annual Conference Sessions Committee

The Annual Conference Sessions Committee plans annual sessions of the Annual Conference.

Chair: Rev. Marsha West Eichler, E-Mail



Archives and History Committee

The Archives and History Committee preserves the archives and history of the conference.

Chair: John Wright, E-Mail






Episcopacy Committee

The Episcopacy Committee supports and assists the Bishop while communicating between the episcopal office and the Conference.

Chair: Brian Hammons, E-Mail




Mozambique Initiative Advisory Committee

The Mozambique Initiative Advisory Committee guides the Conference’s work with our brothers and sisters in Mozambique. Missouri’s ministry with Mozambican United Methodist Churches includes supporting pastors, churches, agencies and, of course, helping to provide safe drinking water by drilling wells. 

Chair: Rev. Yvi Martin, E-Mail


Nominations Committee

The Nominating Committee nominates officers and members of conference units unless otherwise designated by the Book of Discipline.

Chair: Rev. Jeremy Vickers, E-Mail





Rules and Procedures Committee

The Rules and Procedures Committee reviews and recommends changes in the Standing Rules, monitors the Book of Discipline for the purpose of keeping the Standing Rules in harmony, and calls attention to any violations of the Standing Rules.

Chair: Wendy Hildenbrand, E-Mail





The Trustees perform those duties outlined in the Book of Discipline and in keeping with the laws of the state of Missouri. The membership is chosen in compliance with the Book of Discipline and the laws of the state of Missouri.

Chair: To be elected