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


GCFA Job Opening: Legal Services Specialist




Job Title: Legal Services Specialist


Primary Role(s)

  • Serve as primary contact and lead within the Legal Services Department for the Group Ruling tax exemption inquiries from local churches, districts, annual conferences, general agencies, and affiliated organizations
  •  Act as the team liaison and coordinate efforts relating to the development and timely updating of on-line resources and training materials for the Legal Services Department
  • Serve as the main point of contact for inquiries about GCFA trademark matters



  1. Maintain Group Ruling databases, coordinating the application process for UMC entities
  2. Actively engage in problem solving, including providing initial review for attorney analysis of Group Ruling requests from affiliated organizations
  3. Provide support to the Legal Services Department, including routine correspondence and document retention/destruction in compliance with established policies and procedures
  4. Respond to internal and external customer inquiries, providing customer service that is aligned with UMC’s mission, vision and values
  5. Interact with staff at all levels and assist with department functions relating to staffing of GCFA Board matters



  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or related field
  • Minimum of three (3) years of administrative support, legal or related experience
  • Must be detail oriented and organized with excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • UMC Member is preferred


Email resume and cover letter to

Closing Date:  August 18, 2016

Last updated by Rori Blakeney Aug 10, 2016.

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