Jamey Derks

Church Name: Branson

Share any relevant background information including leadership experience both within the church and in other areas of your life.

I have been an active member of the UMC since 1994. I have been blessed to be a part of some amazing ministries at the local, district and conference levels serving in the following positions over the past 23 years: Children’s & Youth Choir Dir. Liberty UMC 1996-1998, Dir. of Youth Ministries Liberty UMC 1997-1998, Children’s Choir & Worship Band Dir. Broadway UMC 1998-2001, Mo Area of the UMC District & Conf. Youth Coordinator 2000-2003, 2009-2016, MO Area of the UMC Certified Trainer of Safe Sanctuaries 2000-2005, Dir. of Worship Church of the Crossroads 2001-2004, Mo Area UMC Camping Board of Trustees member 2002-2004, UMC Camp Dir. Wilderness Camp 1999-2009, Dir. of Youth Ministries St Lukes UMC KC 2006-2007, Crossroads Family Ministry Board Member Warsaw 2012-2014, Benton County Youth Coalition Board Director 2012-2016, Community Choir & Chancel Choir Dir. Warsaw 2009-2016, Dir. of Student Ministries Warsaw 2007-2016, Worship & Design Team Chair Branson UMC 2016-present.

Describe your personal practices of intentional faith development that strengthen your spiritual engagement with God and your capacity for fruitful leadership in the church.

I have led and participated in many Life Groups and Bible Studies through the years. I love reading Scripture and learning more about the Word every day. Music is a huge part of my life—specifically in my faith walk. When I am leading Worship, singing and/or playing for Worship or even just listening to music, I feel close to God in a powerful way.

Why do you seek election as a lay delegate representing the Missouri Conference?

I love our church. I grew up in the Mennonite Church and after my husband, Eric, and I got married, we chose the United Methodist Church. I truly believe in the mission of the United Methodist Church and want to see it grow and to continue to have an amazing impact on the world—making disciples of Jesus Christ, bringing hope and healing to everyone in this broken world.

How will your involvement in General Conference 2020 support the church to fulfill the mission “to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world”?

I will not be able to be a delegate for General Conference as I will still be in school teaching and our youngest son will be graduating from High School during General Conference.

Since the primary focus for Jurisdictional Conference is to elect new bishops, what qualifications do you think the church needs in its future episcopal leaders?

Bishops are to lead by example the oath they took when they were ordained upholding our United Methodist Book of Discipline and more importantly, The Bible. As stated in their consecration, Bishops should be willing and able to guard the faith, order, liturgy, doctrine and discipline; encourage and support; pray without ceasing; proclaim and interpret the Gospel; and celebrate the sacraments.