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The Professional Administrators of the United Methodist Connectional Structure (PAUMCS) was organized nationally on April 14, 1982 in Dallas, Texas. The Missouri Chapter was chartered in 1985, and the General Council on Finance and Administration is our certifying agency and approved sponsor.  Legislation was officially adopted at the 1988 General Conference for our inclusion into The Book of Discipline (907.13).

PAUMCS is open to United Methodist Church Secretaries, administrative assistants, general office agency personnel, Episcopal personnel, district personnel and Annual Conference office personnel. Membership shall be open to all persons presently or previously, paid or volunteer, engaged in administrative and secretarial work in any local church or beyond the local church, extension ministry and/or in any agency of the United Methodist Church.

Missouri Chapter

State membership application

President: Dora Thackery (Missouri United Methodist Foundation, Columbia)
Vice-President: Megan Hayes, First UMC (Blue Springs)
Secretary: Lisa Conley (Southeast District Office, Cape Girardeau)
Treasurer: Suzanna Edwards (First UMC, Rolla)
Chaplain: Bev Rhodes (Southeast District Office, Cape Girardeau)

You can reach the Missouri chapter of PAUMCS by emailing


National PAUMCS 

The national PAUMCS website provides information about the organization and resources for members. Learn about events, the governing committee, membership, certification and the annual meeting.

For more information on PAUMCS, be sure to check out The Vital Link, a national quarterly newsletter.