The Black Staff Association of the United Methodist Church is a non-profit professional organization dedicated to serving the needs of black staff serving The United Methodist Church in staff positions with UMC boards, agencies, conferences, jurisdictions, and districts. BSA will work collaboratively with all segments of The United Methodist Church in order to strengthen relationships that help to equip staff to more effectively network, empower and engage missional in our communities as we seek to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of our global world.



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2017-2018 BSA Officers

Rori Blakeney
Discipleship Ministries – Young People Ministries

Vice President
Royya James
United Methodist Communications

Maurita Bowie
General Commission on Religion and Race

Nominating/Program Committee Chair
John W. Coleman Jr.
Eastern Pennsylvania Conference

Communications Chair
Sharon Dean
General Council on Finance and Administration

Harris K. Tay
West Ohio Conference


East Ohio Conference Seeks Director of Multi-Cultural Vitality

The East Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church is seeking a director of Multi-Cultural Vitality. Candidates for the newly-created position must demonstrate a proven record of spiritual maturity, leadership development, intercultural competence, and commitment to Christ in fulfilling the mission of The United Methodist Church to make and mature disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

The director of Multi-Cultural Vitality will report to the director of Connectional Ministries and serve on the Conference Leadership Team as a member of the Conference Council On Ministries (CCOM). The director will partner with other CCOM directors, district superintendents, the bishop, executive staff and other leaders to plan and implement strategies that will develop and strengthen vital multi-cultural congregations.

The director of Multi-Cultural Vitality will actively engage pastors and congregations in discernment and reflection about their role, and the role of conference leadership, in fully embracing the communities that we serve. This includes specific attention to developing multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, and multi-generational diversity as well as valuing and celebrating traditional racial and ethnic heritage.

The director of Multi-Cultural Vitality will be involved in leadership development, community development, and programmatic support of conference ministries. The position supports the ministries of the Conference Commission on Religion and Race as well as the Church and Society Committee.

This full-time position requires significant travel within the annual conference and the ability to work in many different settings. Salary and benefits commensurate with the experience and professional development required.

Additional Knowledge and Practices Required

  • Demonstrated ability, sensitivity, and skill in understanding, relating to, influencing, and motivating people
  • Knowledge and understanding of The United Methodist Church
  • Proficient in oral and written communication
  • Demonstrated intercultural development and community involvement
  • Ability to be flexible and work in a team environment

How to Apply

Please send a letter of interest and resume by email to

Application Deadline: October 31, 2016

East Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church

8800 Cleveland Ave. N.W. ● PO Box 2800 ● North Canton, Ohio 44720

Phones: 800.831.3972 ● 330.499.3972 ● Fax: 330.499.8336 ● Website:

Rev. Steven Court, Director of Connectional Ministries

800-831-3972, ext. 136

Last updated by Rori Blakeney Oct 12, 2016.

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